Georgia recount a charade

Reckless barely begins to touch on what Georgia's U.S. senators Perdue and Loeffler have done. Without presenting reasons, they have assaulted Georgia’s election system. That is dangerous behavior in this tense moment, both for this state and for the nation that is watching this risky sideshow.



November 16, 2020 - 9:06 AM

Election workers in Fulton County during a recount of ballots in Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Photo by (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

Even in an election year where standards of fair play seem to plummet with each passing day, last Monday’s attack by Georgia’s U.S. senators marked a new low.

Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue called on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign, alleging that he had “failed the people of Georgia” and “failed to deliver honest and transparent elections.”

Those are shocking charges for this pair to level at the person — and the office — responsible for overseeing elections here. They’re even more stunning, given that Perdue and Loeffler fired their broadside against a fellow Republican — not that party affiliation should count when the integrity of a core democratic institution is under attack.

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