Update: Hice withdraws support of Greene, labels ‘statements appalling and deeply troubling.’ Latest fallout from Politico review of Facebook posts. Greene blames ‘fake news media, DC swamp.’

Update: Hice withdraws support of Greene, labels ‘statements appalling and deeply troubling.’ Latest fallout from Politico review of Facebook posts. Greene blames ‘fake news media, DC swamp.’

From the AJC: U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, an early supporter of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s bid for Congress, has abruptly changed his mind, according to the AJC. Hice is quoted as follows:

“In the midst of these difficult times, it is more important than ever before that we have leaders in Washington who can heal our nation, not divide it further. I find Marjorie Taylor Greene’s statements appalling and deeply troubling, and I can no longer support her candidacy in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.”


Eight days after Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene took more than 40 percent of the vote in the eight-person 14th Congressional District race, she’s come under fire from senior House GOP leaders from what Politico labels “racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic views.”

Greene is in a runoff battle with Dr. John Cowan for the Republican nomination to replace the retiring Tom Graves in January. The Greene-Cowan winner faces Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal on Nov. 3 in a district that was dominated by Donald Trump four years ago.

The story dominates the home page of Politico on Wednesday and comes under the headlines, “House Republicans condemn GOP candidate who made racist videos.”

Greene’s campaign issued the following comment Wednesday afternoon. It has been edited only to the direct response to the Politico posting; the full report is on her Facebook page:

“The Fake News Media, the DC Swamp and their radical leftist allies see me as a very serious threat. I will not let them whip me into submission. And the voters of Northwest Georgia will not let the DC Swamp and the Fake News Media tell them who to vote for…

“This is the same GOP Establishment who for two years in the majority abandoned President Trump by refusing to DEFUND Planned Parenthood, refusing to DEFUND Sanctuary Cities, and REFUSING to FUND President Trump’s border wall. Sharia Law and Radical Islamic Terrorism are a real threat to our nation, and it’s time our leaders in Congress take it seriously rather than trying to be politically correct.”

In last week’s election, Greene received 40.34 percent of the vote with Cowan second at 21.01 percent. Greene won all counties in Northwest Georgia except for Floyd County, or 11 of 12 counties. Districtwide, she dominated in-person voting on election day, advance voting in person and absentee (mail) voting. Nearly 109,000 votes were cast.


Aug. 11 runoff ballot:

Floyd County Sheriff, Republican

  • Tom Caldwell
  • Dave Roberson

U.S. House, District 14:

  • John Cowan
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene

 


KEY ELECTION DATES

  • July 20: Advance voting begins for runoff, ends Aug. 7.
  • Aug. 11: Primary runoff.
  • Nov. 3: General election.
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