In the wake of Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Common Cause Georgia is calling for the immediate resignation of Representatives Rick W. Allen, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Andrew S. Clyde, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jody B. Hice and Barry Loudermilk after they voted to overturn the will of the people, failed to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election, and played a clear role in spreading disinformation around the election, leading to the violence.
“In our democracy, voters decide who wins elections,” said Aunna Dennis, executive director of Common Cause Georgia. “These six members of Congress failed to follow the Constitution and their oath of office Wednesday by voting to overturn the will of the people. They have proved they cannot carry out the duties of their office in our democratic republic and must immediately resign.”
“Make no mistake, the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was incited by President Trump. We heard ample evidence of his determination to overturn the election results, in his phone call to Secretary Raffensperger. Georgia’s voters have had to endure lawsuit after lawsuit, trying to overturn our election results — including the four lawsuits the Trump campaign voluntarily dismissed yesterday,” Dennis said.
“Representatives Allen, Carter, Clyde, Greene, Hice and Loudermilk failed to accept the results of free and fair elections and each played a role in spreading disinformation. Instead of upholding the Constitution, and the will of the voters, they voted to subvert the government we elected them to serve. They must be removed from office immediately,” she said.
“From my perspective as a Georgia voter, it’s extremely offensive that this plan to contest the electoral college votes overshadowed the historic results of our US Senate runoffs,” Dennis said. “Georgia’s voters turned out in record numbers, in the middle of a pandemic, to choose our first Black Senator and our first Jewish Senator. Tens of thousands of Georgians served long hours as elections workers, to ensure that our voices were heard and our ballots counted. And all of this was overshadowed by individuals — federal elected officials who should have been representing their constituents — putting their political interests above the public interest, chasing a hopeless plan to somehow overturn the will of the people.”
Common Cause is also exploring other means to hold the Members of Congress who voted against accepting the certified election results accountable when they had no legitimate basis to object, including expulsion and Ethics Committee investigations.