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Keep Georgia Honest and Principled

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Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at a marketing campaign occasion in Alpharetta, Ga., May 17.



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As Georgians go to the polls on Tuesday, they’ve a transparent selection: The Peach State can re-elect Gov.

Brian Kemp,

a frontrunner of integrity, or substitute him with an opportunistic politician, both Democrat

Stacey Abrams

or Republican

David Perdue.

In 2020 Georgia was on the middle of the battle over which celebration would management the Senate and White House. In 2022 the stakes could also be even greater. Georgians can ship a transparent message that voters will reward sincere management and reject unprincipled politicians.

Over the previous 4 years, Gov. Kemp has supplied robust management in difficult instances. We don’t method each problem the identical manner, however I respect that he shoots straight, listens to his constituents and places their wants first.

Because he’s that sort of chief, Gov. Kemp has confronted ridiculous and dishonest assaults from former President Trump just because he upheld the desire of Georgians within the 2020 election. Gov. Kemp is a powerful conservative and was a Trump supporter. His solely sin was following his constitutional responsibility and refusing to mislead the folks of his state.

Mr. Perdue, a former senator, was recruited by Mr. Trump to oppose Gov. Kemp. He could have been a fighter for Georgians, however on this race, Mr. Perdue is working for an viewers of 1: Donald Trump.

Gov. Kemp seems more likely to defeat this problem within the Republican major, however Mr. Perdue isn’t the one election denier on this race. The doubtless Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams, pioneered the apply. In 2018, two years earlier than President Trump tried to overturn his election loss, Ms. Abrams referred to as her personal resounding loss in Georgia’s governors race (by greater than 50,000 votes) “rigged,” vowing “we will never concede.”

While Democrats rightly decry Mr. Trump’s refusal to confess actuality and concede the election, lots of them applaud Ms. Abrams for doing the identical factor. Her bogus claims have been amplified within the mainstream media and the Democratic Party from Capitol Hill to senior ranges of the White House. Though her presentation could also be slicker than the previous president’s and her phrases is probably not as crass, the influence is similar: undermining religion in elections.

The vitriol from the far left and much proper obscures the bigger reality that the extremes of each events have extra in widespread than they’d care to confess. Nowhere is that this clearer than Georgia. The Abrams and Perdue campaigns is probably not keen on one another, however they begin from the identical harmful premises. They each consider politicians know higher than the folks, a minimum of when their aspect is in cost. Both undermine our democratic processes after they don’t serve their very own pursuits. Both care extra about controlling a celebration than they do about governing or really fixing severe issues.

America’s future will depend on sincere leaders who acknowledge that the workplace they maintain is larger than themselves. If David Perdue and Stacey Abrams have been to prevail in Georgia, then extra self-serving politicians can be emboldened throughout the nation. This isn’t in regards to the distinction between proper and left. This is in regards to the distinction between proper and improper.

Mr. Hogan, a Republican, is governor of Maryland.

Journal Editorial Report: Democrats moved left, Republicans moved proper. Images: Getty Images Composite: Mark Kelly

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