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"It’s a mess": Republicans turn on Georgia's GOP Gov. Brian Kemp’s "stubborn" war on masks

Kemp filed a lawsuit against Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to block her from enforcing a local mask mandate



Matthew Chapman
July 18, 2020 3:45PM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast reported that GOP officials in Georgia were not all on board with Gov. Brian Kemp's attack on local face mask orders.

"It's a mess. It's 2020, we have two Senate races, might as well be at the epicenter of face-masks lawsuits," said one unnamed strategist. "This governor is very, very stubborn. When he starts chewing on a bone he will not let any dogs near that bone, this is something he's really digging in on."

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But another strategist, Heath Garrett, argued Kemp was just sticking to his principles. "I think he recognizes he's taking a short term PR hit, but I think he's confident that our data's different than Florida, Arizona, Alabama, Texas and these other Sun Belt states."

This week, Kemp filed a lawsuit against Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to block her from enforcing a local mask mandate.

So far, very few Republican governors in the South have moved to mandate masks. Govs. Kay Ivey (R-AL) and Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) moved to do so this week. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) also issued an order mandating masks in most counties, although his party is in revolt over the decision and many county officials are not enforcing it.


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