May 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Georgia's Republican Lt. Gov. says he won't seek reelection

Georgia's Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) announced Monday that he will not be seeking reelection in 2022.

Why it matters: Duncan was vocal in denouncing and debunking the baseless claims of voter fraud Trump promoted during the 2020 election.

The big picture: Duncan said his decision came after the "national events of the last six months have deeply affected" his family. He added that he will be working to create an organization called GOP 2.0, aimed at rebuilding the Republican party.

  • Duncan is the latest Republican to voice concerns about the direction of the party. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) was removed from her leadership position in the House last week for her criticism of Trump.

What they're saying: "It always feels coldest right before the sun rises," Duncan wrote in the statement. "I believe that is the exact moment in time the Republican Party is caught in right now, and I am committed to being a part of creating those better days ahead for our conservative party all across this country."

  • GOP 2.0 will "focus on healing and rebuilding a Republican Party that is damaged," he added.
  • "GOP 2.0 will work hard everyday reminding Americans the values of conservative Polices through genuine Empathy and a respectful Tone."

Go deeper: Reports: More than 100 Republicans threaten to form 3rd party over Trump.

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