The Daily Beast recently reported Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) has been accused by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) of trying to bribe President Donald Trump with a whopping $50 million for his re-election campaign if he will help push her opponent, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) out of the race.
Gaetz appeared at a campaign event for Collins and said:
“This is what the Loeffler team went to the Trump team with. They went and said, ‘Look, you guys gotta get Doug Collins out of this race’ …
She said, ‘I have $50 million for this project, and I can either spend my $50 million getting new voters and helping the Trump campaign, or I can spend that $50 million taking out Doug Collins.'”
The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay reported:
“While other sources confirmed that a message about Loeffler’s potentially diminished financial support was passed from her team to Trump’s, they described Loeffler’s reported ultimatum as more nuanced than Gaetz portrayed it.
According to one source familiar with the interactions, the Loeffler team’s offer had more to do with supporting other Senate candidates than with supporting the president, and was actually relayed to the president’s campaign by way of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY.
‘Basically it was to get McConnell and the Senate committee behind Loeffler and to not support Collins,’ the source said.”
This upcoming special election to the Senate in Georgia is being run as what’s known as a “jungle primary”, where all Democrats and Republicans run on the same ballot and the top two advance if no one gets over 50%.
Polling data has recently suggested that it is going to be a tight race with Loeffler, Collins, and the leading Democrat, Reverend Raphael Warnock battling for the top spots.