Georgia Rep. Scott slams Senate GOP arm for failing to focus on Warnock's extremism

'We just needed to tell the truth about what he was doing,' Rep. Austin Scott said
Raphael Warnock, Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2022

Georgia GOP Rep. Austin Scott said Wednesday that Washington Republicans failed in their effort to unseat Georgia Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock because they didn't highlight enough the incumbent's extreme liberal agenda.

Warnock defeated GOP challenger Herschel Walker on Tuesday night in a runoff election. 

"The Republican Party refused to identify for the state of Georgia and the voters in Georgia who Raphael Warnock was from a legislative standpoint," Scott said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. 

Scott further argued that by contrast the Republican Governors Association did a good job showing that Democrat Stacey Abrams in challenging incumbent GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was a radical liberal whose policies would only hurt residents.

Rep. Warnock had votes for policies that were considered radical by the GOP such as voting to give the IRS 87,000 new agents and voting against an amendment that increased tax cuts for working families. The GOP should have focused and campaigned on those issues, but they didn't, according to Scott. 

"When it came to Stacey Abrams, the governors were willing to identify that she was that type of liberal activist," Scott explained. "Senate Republicans would not run those ads on Raphael Warnock and we didn't even need to make anything up. We just needed to tell the truth about what he was doing."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, led this election cycle by Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott, is the party's primary fundraising group for Senate races. However, Scott did not specifically name the group

Scott also said national Republicans groups should take notes.

"If we had handled the Abrams election the same way, Kemp would not have won by as much as he did," Scott said. "Abrams was identified for being a liberal, and Raphael Warnock got to run away with pretending that he was a moderate, because the D.C. establishment Republicans wouldn't call him out for what he was doing up there."