|Governor of Georgia|
From: January 14, 2019 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|27th Georgia Secretary of State|
From: January 8, 2010 – November 8, 2018
|Georgia State Senate, 46th District|
From: January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Brian Porter Kemp (born November 2, 1963 (age 57)) is the Republican governor of Georgia, elected to the position in 2018. Prior to that, he was the Secretary of State of Georgia and failed to protect the integrity of elections in the State.
President Donald Trump, in light of Kemp's ineffectiveness in ensuring a fair election there in 2020, said he is "ashamed" of having once endorsed the "hapless" Kemp, who has "done absolutely nothing." Former state representative Vernon Jones announced his intention to challenge Kemp in the 2022 gubernatorial primary and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.
Governor of Georgia
Kemp has a mostly conservative though ineffective record. He narrowly defeated an establishment rival in the 2018 Republican primary election. In May 2019, Kemp signed Georgia's Heartbeat Bill into law. However, Kemp appointed establishmentarian Kelly Loeffler to the U.S. Senate over conservative alternatives, and he avoided discussing immigration issues as governor despite emphasizing it during his 2018 campaign. Lin Wood has also strongly insinuated that Kemp had been getting kickbacks from Dominion Systems, and thus was involved in the 2020 election fraud, with Kemp also changing his mind on whether to certify or decertify votes in Georgia.
- Multiple references:
- Freiburger, Calvin (May 7, 2019). Georgia Gov. signs bill protecting unborn babies with beating hearts, defies boycott threats. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Pentchoukov, Ivan (May 7, 2019). Georgia Governor Signs Bill Protecting Unborn Children After a Heartbeat Is Detected. The Epoch Times. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Vogt, Bailey (May 7, 2019). Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Berry, Susan (May 7, 2019). Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Signs ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill into Law. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Gomez, Christian (May 7, 2019). Georgia Governor Kemp Signs “Heartbeat” LIFE Act, With Exceptions, into Law. The New American. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Vondracek, Christopher (May 7, 2019). Georgia's approval of fetal heartbeat abortion bill virtually ends procedure in state. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Moran, Sean (December 4, 2019). Brian Kemp Defies President Trump, Taps Establishment-Backed Kelly Loeffler to Senate. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- Joyce, Tom (December 3, 2019). Georgia's GOP senator-to-be is a crappy conservative. Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
- King, D.A. (December 4, 2019). Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Mentions Illegal Immigration in Senate Pick Announcement! – Otherwise Ignores the Crisis. Immigration Politics Georgia. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
- *The media term, "Russian meddling," conflates "state election board" hacking with "DNC hack." The DNC hack never took place. There were efforts however, by the GRU to hack state election boards. The Obama Department of Homeland Security alerted the state boards, but failed to get cooperation for a coordinated response out of fear among the states of another intrusion and power grab by the federal government."Many of the state officials—especially from the red states—wanted little, if anything, to do with the DHS. Leading the charge was Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state, an ambitious, staunchly conservative Republican who feared the hidden hand of the Obama White House. “We don’t need the federal government to take over our voting,” he told Johnson.
Johnson tried to explain that DHS’s cybersecurity experts could help state systems search for vulnerabilities and protect against penetrations. He encouraged them to take basic cybersecurity steps, such as ensuring voting machines were not connected to the internet when voting was underway. And he kept explaining that any federal help would be voluntary for the states. “He must have used the word voluntary 15 times,” recalled a Homeland Security official who was on the call. “But there was a lot of skepticism that revolved around saying, ‘We don’t want Big Brother coming in and running our election process.’ ”
After the call, Johnson and his aides realized encouraging local officials to accept their help was going to be tough. They gave up on the idea of declaring these systems critical infrastructure and instead concluded they would have to keep urging state and local officials to accept their cybersecurity assistance.
Johnson’s interaction with local and state officials was a warning for the White House. If administration officials were going to enlist these election officials to thwart Russian interference in the voting, they would need GOP leaders in Congress to be part of the endeavor and, in a way, vouch for the federal government."
“Why the Hell Are We Standing Down?”, The secret story of Obama’s response to Putin’s attack on the 2016 election. Second of two excerpts adapted from Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Twelve Books), by Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News, and David Corn, Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones. March 2018.