Election 2020

Georgia Secretary Of State On Elections, Criticism He’s Faced And Toll On Family

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says despite criticism and threats he has received, he's not leaving the Republican Party.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says despite criticism and threats he has received, he's not leaving the Republican Party.
Credit Russ Bynum / Associated Press

By law, President Donald Trump’s request for a recount will take place this week in Georgia’s presidential race.

He’s been very critical of State Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s handling of the close race.

The president’s fellow members of the Republican Party have echoed his criticism of Raffensperger. In addition, there have been death threats and vile texts sent to Raffensperger and his wife.

Raffensperger says, despite it all, he’s not leaving the GOP.

He spoke candidly over the telephone to Lisa Rayam, host of WABE’s “Morning Edition.”

The threats have no doubt been hard on Raffensperger and his family. One text message to his wife called for them both “to be put on trial for treason and face execution.”

In response, Raffensperger says, “She’s not part of what we do, and it’s disgusting and infuriating.”

Raffensperger says the harsh criticism and threats allegedly coming from fellow Republicans lack loyalty and are beyond disappointing.

But when Rayam asked him if it is enough for him to consider changing political affiliations, Raffensperger responded, “No. Perhaps some of the people who are upset over this will consider leaving the Republican Party, but I intend to stay.”

Instead, Raffensperger chooses to send a message to his critics: “Just because you don’t like the result, you don’t make threats and get mad at the messenger.”

 

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