GOP Attorney General Quits Group for Encouraging ‘Stop the Steal’ Rally
(Bloomberg) -- Georgia’s Chris Carr has stepped down as chairman and as a member of the Republican Attorneys General Association, citing a “significant difference of opinion” about its role in encouraging attendance at the “Stop the Steal” rally-turned-insurrection in Washington.
His resignation highlighted the continuing split within the national Republican Party between those who remain loyal to former President Donald Trump and those seeking to distance themselves and the party from him.
In a letter dated April 16, Carr said the association, which advocates for state attorneys generals across the U.S., is deeply divided by a “fundamental difference of opinion” that began with “vastly opposite views of the significance of the events of January 6.”
The fundamental point of contention, he said, was a robocall funded by the association that urged people to march to Washington to dispute the election results. The March became a riot, and the association’s former executive director resigned after its funding of the call became public.
In his letter, Carr said divisions continued “as we have tried to restore RAGA’s reputation internally and externally.” His resignation could add Carr to the list of Republican statewide officials targeted by Trump supporters for their failure to support Trump’s stolen-election claims. All Georgia’s statewide offices are on the ballot next year.
Both Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger have primary challengers billing themselves as defenders of Trump. Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, who openly criticized the election myths, announced this month that he wouldn’t run again.
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