Hice, however, will likely be Raffensperger’s main enemy thanks to Trump’s endorsement and prominent position, but his many ugly views could also prove to be a handicap in a general election in what is now. become a pivotal state.
Hice, a pastor who worked as a conservative radio host before his election to Congress in 2014, has made a name for himself with a book 2012 where he wrote: “Obviously there are many who believe that a ‘Gestapo-like’ presence is needed by the government in order to bring together and keep under control, all of these ‘dangerous’ Christians.” Hice also used this tome to attack LGBTQ people and Muslims, as well as to compare supporters of abortion rights to Hitler.
Hice has remained a far-right favorite in Congress, especially this year. Hice posted on Instagram hours before the January 6 attack on the Capitol: “This is our moment in 1776”. The message was quickly deleted after New York Times Journalist Charles Bethea posted it on Twitter amid the assault on the building. Hice’s spokesperson said the next day: “The 1776 message was our way of highlighting the election objection – we deleted the message when we realized it could be misinterpreted as supporting those who act violently yesterday. and storming the Capitol. ”
This violence was barely enough to stop Hice from spreading conspiracy theories. Last month, the congressman used its CPAC panel titled “Who Really Runs The Biden Administration” to declare: “I guarantee Georgia is not blue, and what happened this election was all because of a horrible Secretary of State and horrible decisions that he took. “
On the Democratic side, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one of the “potential candidates leaning” for the post of Secretary of State is State Representative Bee Nguyen, who is the first Vietnamese American to serve in the room. Nguyen has been in the headlines in recent days as she spoke out against racism against Asian Americans following last week’s deadly attack on Atlanta-area spas.
Meanwhile, Republicans are already considering the race to succeed Hice in Georgia’s 10th congressional district. This seat supported Donald Trump 60-39, and it will almost certainly stay red safely after the GOP designs new maps.
Two Republican members of the legislature, State Senator Bill Cowsert and State Representative Houston Gaines, expressed interest in recent days. The AJC also name-drops 2014 candidate Mike Collins, State Representative Jodi Lott and former State Party President John Padgett as possible candidates for the Red Team.