Primary challengers to Georgia GOP Rep. Taylor Greene pitch toned down conservative platform

Greene raised nearly $7.5 million through the end of last year, compared to less than $120,000 combined from two top primary challengers
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks at a news conference about the National Defense Authorization Bill at the U.S. Capitol on September 22, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
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Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has in her first term become one of the House's most attention-grabbing members, but her frequent controversial words and actions have also brought her several primary challengers.

Among those who believe such comments are not the best way to represent the state's 14th congressional district is Charles Lutin, a retired physician and former Air Force flight surgeon challenging the hard-line conservative. 

"I think people in this district are mostly tired of her crap," say Lutin, according to the Associated Press.

Lutin is more moderate. He calls himself "anti-Trumpist" and as a Jew objects to what he calls Greene's "hate and blatant antisemitism." 

Jennifer Strahan – a self-described Christian, conservative mother – is also challenging Greene but so far appears focused on spotlighting her her own platform.

"You don’t always have to go around and tell people what she has done or said," she says. "That's known."

Strahan is positioning herself as an equally conservative option to Greene, sans the theatrics.

She has a 6-year-old son about whose future she worries because, she says, "a lot of very progressive policies" could "take away many of his freedom if we don't stand up."

Among the concerns about Greene is that one of her comments resulted in her being removed from committee assignments, limiting her power to propose and pass legislation. 

Still, her assignments would most likely be restore if Republicans, as expected, retake the House in November. And she has a massive fundraising lead on her primary challengers – having raised nearly $7.5 million through the end of last year, compared to less than $120,000 combined for Strahan and Lutin, the wire service reports.

Greene's Democratic opponents have raised nearly $7 million in their bid to unseat her. Though Greene's district is solidly Republican, rivals are betting voters are exhausted by her near-constant political controversy.

"You don’t want to be a national figure for having been stripped of your committee assignments," said an 85-year-old retiree in Greene's district, who voted for Trump at least once.