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Former Georgia Republican lieutenant governor backs Biden: ‘I am voting for a decent person’

Story by Elaine Mallon, Washington Examiner

May 6, 2024

Former Georgia Republican lieutenant governor backs Biden: ‘I am voting for a decent person’

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Former Georgia Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan shared that he would be voting for President Joe Biden come November.

In an op-ed published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Duncan, who testified against Trump in his election interference case in Georgia, expressed his disappointment watching “an increasing number of Republicans fall in line behind former president Donald Trump." Duncan was the lieutenant governor during the 2020 election when Trump was allegedly attempting to overturn the election results in Georgia. 

Duncan criticized the decision of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH), and former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr for standing behind the “Republican ticket.”

“This November, I am voting for a decent person I disagree with on policy over a criminal defendant without a moral compass,” Duncan wrote.

Duncan said the GOP will never be able to rebuild until they move past the Trump era. While Duncan plans to vote for Biden, he emphasized the GOP should "work to elect GOP congressional majorities to block his second-term legislative agenda and provide a check and balance.”

“The alternative is another term of Trump, a man who has disqualified himself through his conduct and his character,” Duncan wrote. “The headlines are ablaze with his hush-money trial over allegations of improper record-keeping for payments to conceal an affair with an adult-film star.”

Duncan cited the hush money trial, the scheme to include fake slates of electors during the 2020 election, and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as prime examples of how Trump is unfit to lead in the Oval Office. Duncan acknowledged that Trump may have served Republicans by appointing three right-leaning Supreme Court justices and signing legislation like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but emphasized that Trump’s presidency was also filled with chaos. 

“The last year of the Trump presidency was hardly a time of tranquillity. His handling of the pandemic was erratic, including at one point musing about consuming disinfectants,” Duncan wrote. “His reliance on incendiary phrases such as 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' fueled racial unrest. His infamous march to St. John’s Episcopal Church across the street from the White House, flanked by top aides (including Barr) and brandishing a Bible, further set the nation ablaze.”

Duncan was considered as a possible candidate for No Labels, but he withdrew his name from consideration in March.

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