Controversial GOP representative’s primary challenger says she wants to ‘bring conscience back to Washington’
Georgia businesswoman Jennifer Strahan announced she will run a primary campaign against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green on Wednesday, in what is likely to be one of several closely watched races between the GOP’s extra-Trumpy wing and more conservative candidates. Is.
“I believe there are a lot of people who are up for a serious rep,” Strahan said in an interview taking a shot at Green, R-Ga. “There are a lot of serious issues going on in our country right now. And we need someone who’s willing to fight the battle from Pelosi to the Democrats. And the only way to do that is to be on committees.”
Since taking office, Greene has come under fire for his past propagation of conspiracy theories — including QAnon, which he has denied — bombastic rhetoric, and his caustic social media history. Democrats removed Green from all of his committee assignments earlier this year due to controversy.
Strahan is the founder of a health care consulting firm and presents himself as a political outsider. Strahan has also held several other positions in the health care industry, including Atlanta WellStar Health System. She said that business experience would help her be a more effective representative.
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“As a business owner, as an executive, if I get elected, I’ll make sure I’m putting Georgia first and not focusing on being a celebrity, but really I’m rolling up my sleeves and working for the district,” Strahan told Granthshala News.
Green has associated himself closely with former President Donald Trump and more recently another highly controversial and very supportive member of the Trump House – Rep. Matt Getz, R-Fla. To tour the country with made the case that Trump is still the leader. Attacking the GOP, and those who say it shouldn’t be.
Asked if he thinks Trump is still the leader of the GOP, Strahan replied: “I support Trump’s policies. And I believe we need to send someone like that to Washington.” What is needed is someone who will promote and protect those policies. And again, that can’t be right now because we don’t have any representatives on committees to really fight for those policies.”
Green beat neurosurgeon John Cowan by nearly 14 percentage points in the 2020 GOP primary runoff for the vacant seat. Then he easily defeated his Democratic opponent in the very red district.
“Wherever I go in Northwest Georgia, I feel humbled and honored by the overwhelming support I have received to fight for the people of District 14,” Green said in response to Strahan’s announcement. “I have been the most effective member of the GOP convention this session as I stand on the floor of the House demanding a roll call vote on the Communist agenda of the Democrats and the rest of the party joining my efforts.”
Green argued “committees controlled by Democrats are not even voting on Republican amendments.”
“I have led the movement to expel Joe Biden, fire Tony Fauci, Maxine Waters, eliminate ATF, and ban the vaccine,” Green said. “Republicans are going to take back the House in 2022, but we’re not going to do that with pathetic empty campaign promises written by DC advisers.”
Strahan enters the primary campaign in Green against a well-financed rival who had more than $2.75 million in cash as of the end of June. But a spokesperson for her campaign expressed confidence she would be able to raise funds and garner support, and said she was getting positive feedback on the ground in the district.
Strahan also published a campaign launch video on Wednesday arguing she would “defend Trump’s policies” and said she is a “nonsense conservative who considers our country and our culture off track.”
To close the video, Strahan urged voters to “join our campaign to bring conscience back to Washington.”