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Sen. David Perdue would not take the blame for death threats that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said had been leveled against his wife.
Raffensperger claimed he hasn’t heard “one peep” from Perdue, who is currently in a battle for his Senate seat in Georgia’s runoff election, after his call for him to resign allegedly resulted in death threats to his wife. Perdue condemned any death threats as “outrageous” but told Fox News on Monday that his comments had “nothing to do” with it.
“Sen. Perdue still owes my wife an apology for all the death threats she got after he asked for my resignation,” Raffensperger told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Monday, referring to comments by the senator made back in November.
“And I have not heard one peep from that man since,” Raffensperger added as he responded to criticism over the recorded phone call he had with President Trump over the weekend.
(Source: Fox News)
“If he wants to call me face to face, man to man, I will talk to him off the record,” Raffensperger continued. “But he hasn’t done that.”
Perdue, who is facing off against Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, responded to the Georgia secretary of state’s attack during an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier on Monday.
“That’s outrageous anybody made a death threat, but that has nothing to do with my call for his resignation,” Perdue responded on Fox News’s “Special Report.”
“That had to do with incompetence about what happened in November,” the Republican added. “We had a secretary of state that acquiesced to Democratic demands.”
In her interview with Raffensperger, MacCallum had said that “it feels like this is very much about a grudge” between him and the senator.
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“It’s not a grudge at all,” Raffensperger had replied, adding “It’s really about getting the facts out.”
Back in November, after Democrat Joe Biden was being touted as the winner of the presidential race, Perdue and GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler had called for the secretary of state to resign because he failed “to deliver honest and transparent elections.”
Earlier on Monday, Perdue had referred to a leak of the audio of Trump’s call with Raffensperger as “disgusting,” but the secretary of state denied that he had anything to do with the recording.
“I didn’t know it was being recorded,” Raffensperger told MacCallum when she pressed him about it. “I just was at my home with my wife and I had it on speakerphone, but I didn’t record anything in my house, but I was making notes.”
“The information is out there. It is what it is,” Raffensperger replied when pressed about whether he knew the audio of the call would be leaked.
Purdue told Baier that it was “very unprofessional that a statewide elected official would secretly tape that and leak.”
“That notwithstanding, what the president did on the phone call is what he’s been doing the last eight weeks and what I’ve been asking for as well, ” Perdue added. “That’s a fair and transparent accounting of what happened in November.”
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