Gaetz Thinks Kemp Announced His Career’s ‘Funeral Time’ For Defying Trump’s Wishes

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 30: U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announces that he is filing an official request for the House Committee on Ethics to open an ethics investigation into Rep. Adam Schiff outside of the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) during the continued House impeach inquiry of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on October 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. State Department special adviser for Ukraine Catherine Croft and State Department official Christopher Anderson are expected to appear for closed-door depositions as part of the impeachment inquiry and the latest in a line of career diplomats who have complied with a House subpoena. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks to the media during the continued House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on October 30, 2019. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
December 3, 2019 1:18 p.m.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) isn’t happy over Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) intent to defy President Trump’s preference to appoint Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) for the state’s soon-to-be vacant Senate seat.

In a Tuesday tweet, Gaetz railed against Kemp for his plans to formally announce his decision to appoint business executive Kelly Loeffler to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) instead of Collins — a staunch ally to the President and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. Kemp’s formal announcement is expected at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

In response to a tweet by Politico reporter Gary Fineout, Gaetz quote-tweeted that Kemp’s appointment of Loeffler translates to announcing “the funeral time and location” for the Republican governor’s political career.

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This isn’t the first time Gaetz has expressed his dissatisfaction with Kemp’s decision. Last Friday, Gaetz threatened Kemp with a primary challenger in 2022 if he did not appoint Collins. It’s an odd threat given that Gaetz represents a different state.

Last week, Politico reported that Kemp believes that Loeffler can help staunch the flow of suburban and female voters fleeing the party. During a meeting at the White House last month, Trump reportedly aired his concerns that Loeffler lacks the right amount of political experience to receive the appointment and also took issue with how Loeffler was not an original 2016 Trump campaign supporter.

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