Rep. Gerald Greene took the stand at a hearing in Atlanta yesterday, just a few weeks after filing a challenge to the residency of his Democratic opponent, James Williams. During his testimony, Greene admitted that he spoke to Secretary of State Brian Kemp before filing his challenge.
State Rep. Gerald Greene testified Tuesday that he turned to Secretary of State Brian Kemp when he learned his potential opponent for House District 151 allegedly lives outside the district.
Greene, a Randolph County Republican, did not say during Tuesday’s hearing before an Office of State Administrative Hearings judge how he learned that Democrat James Williams lives in District 154.
But Greene testified that Kemp’s chief of staff, David Dove, soon reached out.
The Georgia Secretary of State is supposed to be a fair supervisor of elections across the state. But it’s clear that Brian Kemp is a part of the same right-wing network that will do anything to stay in power.
Just look at yesterday’s hearing: Gerald Greene, a Republican who holds the GOP’s most vulnerable state House district, was represented by none other than Anne Lewis, the Republican lawyer who assisted in the redistricting process in 2011.
That’s right. She helped draw the district that Gerald Greene represents, and now she’s defending her work. But, as we already pointed out, that work was sloppy.
The ultra-conservative state legislature, which already had huge majorities in both chambers, split up precincts and jockeyed around voters across the state to get even bigger majorities. But they were so sloppy and irresponsible about it that they put James Williams and dozens of his neighbors in the wrong district for years — and they’re not owning up to it.
Instead, the Secretary of State, after having a chat with Gerald Greene, has not only gone to great lengths to make sure Williams doesn’t ruin the GOP’s next supermajority, but is pointing the finger at local officials for the mistake.
If Anne Lewis, or Brian Kemp, or the entire right wing establishment want to know who to blame for a broken election system, they need only look at themselves.