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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks in Fayette County, touches on feud with David Perdue

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Photo by Michael Cuneo.

By Michael Cuneo —

FAYETTEVILLE — Georgia governor and republican Brian Kemp spoke at an event hosted by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce on March 15.

Kemp, who is in the midst of fighting for reelection in the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial race, touched on his feud with fellow Republican and current advisory David Perdue.

“I’m running on my record of bringing jobs to Georgia. If you look at [David Perdue’s] record … he has a record of outsourcing jobs from the U.S. to China. I think people would rather have jobs here.” Kemp said.

While early polls indicate that the incumbent is leading Perdue, tension has arisen between the two candidates as Perdue has had the complete and unadulterated support of Donald Trump.

The 47-year-old governor would attack Perdue for his opposition to a new $5 billion investment from California-based electric vehicle company Rivian, which is projected to be the largest economic development project in Georgia’s history.

“He’s opposing the new automobile manufacturing plant [that] is bringing 7,500 new jobs to Georgia, and he’s against that. It doesn’t make any sense, and I don’t think that’s what people want.” Kemp said.

While resistance has surfaced regarding the creation of the plant, Perdue has been particularly adamant in his disapproval, citing a hidden agenda between Rivian and billionaire investor George Soros, who is often the focus of conspiratorial theories and discussions.

“This bad deal is nothing more than a scheme by Kemp to promote himself in an election year at Georgians’ expense,” Perdue said in a statement. “Kemp thought he could get away with this under the guise of ‘economic development,’ but all he is doing here is selling us out and lining George Soros’s pockets.”

Some residents near the proposed location for the project have shared in Perdue’s opposition, citing concerns with potential water pollution that lithium battery production can create.

Additional questions about what type of tax breaks Kemp has or will propose to lure Rivian towards the state have surfaced. Whatever the case may be, there appears to be a small yet disgruntled group of individuals — headed by Perdue — who do not want the development. Plans for the facility’s construction are expected to start this summer, with completion estimated around 2024.

Among other issues, Kemp also touched on the state of crime in Georgia, praising initiatives created under his tenure as governor.

“There’s no secret about the crime issues that we have in our state. I ran for office committed to going after street gangs and drug cartels in our state. We created the Gang Task Force with the GBI, and they have done great work for us.” Kemp said.

The former developer also touched on affordable living in Georgia, something he claims has been an issue for decades.

“As a builder and developer in Athens, I’ve been fighting for affordable housing for decades. The thing I’ve always seen is everybody wants it, but nobody wants to make the sacrifices to get it.” Kemp said.

The Georgia gubernatorial Republican primary will take place on May 24, and the general election will be held on Nov. 8.

 

 

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune