In a recent development within the Georgia State Senate, tensions have risen among Republican lawmakers regarding the call for a special session to address the actions of the Fulton County District Attorney from Senator Colton Moore. The dispute has resulted in the suspension of Senator Moore from the Republican Caucus, leading to a heated exchange of statements between the senator and his colleagues.
In a letter released by Georgia State Senate Republicans, signed by 32 out of 33 Republican State Senators, the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, and the Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, Georgia Senate Republicans expressed their collective disagreement with the notion of convening a special session to take action against the Fulton County District Attorney. The Republicans claimed that Senator Moore, who supported such a session, had misled the public and caused unnecessary tension and hostility.
“Senator Moore has a right to his opinion. However, during his advocacy for his ill-conceived proposal, Senator Moore has knowingly misled people across Georgia and our nation, causing unnecessary tension and hostility, while putting his Caucus colleagues and their families at risk of personal harm,” the letter stated.
Republican leadership suspended Senator Moore from participating in the Caucus. However, this decision does not impede his ability to continue representing Senate District 53 in official Senate business.
In response to his suspension, Senator Moore took to X (formerly Twitter), referring to his Republican colleagues as “RINOs” (Republicans In Name Only) and emphasizing his commitment to Republican principles and the party’s platform. He vowed to continue serving as a Republican Senator from Georgia and to fight against what he referred to as “Trump witch hunts.”
“The Georgia RINOs responded to my call to fight back against the Trump witch hunts by acting like children and throwing me out of the caucus. But I’m not going anywhere,” Senator Moore stated in a social media post.
The controversy surrounding Senator Moore’s suspension and the intraparty disputes continue to unfold. It remains to be seen how this incident will impact the relationships and dynamics within the Republican Party in Georgia and its implications for upcoming elections.
By Matt Wheeler