Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) announced that he will challenge disgraced Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the Republican primary on Monday. Within minutes, the office of former President Donald Trump released a statement containing Trump’s vigorous endorsement of Hice.
“Wow, just heard the good news. One of our most outstanding Congressmen, Jody Hice, has announced he is running for Secretary of State in the Great State of Georgia,” the Trump statement read. “Jody has been a steadfast fighter for conservative Georgia values and is a staunch ally of the America First agenda.”
“Unlike the current Georgia Secretary of State, Jody leads out front with integrity,” the statement continued. “I have 100% confidence in Jody to fight for Free, Fair, and Secure Elections in Georgia, in line with our beloved U.S. Constitution. Jody will stop the Fraud and get honesty into our Elections! Jody loves the people of Georgia, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement.”
Former President Donald Trump endorses Jody Hice for Georgia Secretary of State. pic.twitter.com/fUABqieleQ
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 22, 2021
In a Monday press release announcing his campaign, Hice slammed Raffensperger for creating “cracks in the integrity of our elections, which I wholeheartedly believe individuals took advantage of in 2020.”
Hice promised that he is committed to “enforcing meaningful reform and aggressively pursuing those who commit voter fraud,” and noted that “Every Georgian, in fact every American, has the right to be outraged by the actions and, simultaneously, the inaction of our Secretary of State.”
“Though I am encouraged to see the General Assembly taking it upon themselves to address some of the glaring issues in our elections, Georgia deserves a Secretary of State who will own the responsibilities of the office,” Hice said. “If elected, I will instill confidence in our election process by upholding the Georgia Constitution, enforcing meaningful reform and aggressively pursuing those who commit voter fraud.”