JACKSON – Today, September 2, 2021, President Donald J. Trump endorsed conservative candidate Burt Jones for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia.
Both Trump and Jones have shared and forwarded the endorsement to numerous media outlets. Jones’ campaign also attached a statement saying, “In 2016 and 2020, Burt served as President Trump’s campaign co-chair in Georgia, and he was the first elected official in Georgia to endorse the President. As President Trump’s endorsement proves, Burt is the only candidate in the race for Lieutenant Governor who will safeguard and advance the America First agenda, fight for election integrity, and deliver results for hardworking Georgians.”
Trump’s endorsement stated: “State Senator Burt Jones is a Conservative warrior running for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. No on has fought harder for Election Integrity than Burt, and no state needs it more. A businessman and Patriot, Burt will always stand for America First, and will help bring back Energy Independence, a Stronger Border, Low Taxes, Great Education, and Safe Cities. He will also get to the bottom of the Nov. 3 Presidential Election Scam. Burt Jones has my Complete and Total Endorsement. He will not let the great people of Georgia down!”
In an email statement today, Burt Jones responded by saying, “I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of President Donald J. Trump in my campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. I am the only person in my race who has had the President’s back from day one, and it’s an honor to have his full support. As Lieutenant Governor, I will work to advance the President’s America First agenda and continue to grow our economy, improve our schools, secure our elections, and keep Georgia safe. I look forward to traveling the state and meeting with the good people of Georgia as we work toward a big win in November 2022.”
ELLIJAY, Ga – Burt Jones (R – Jackson) just returned from a trip to Maricopa County, Arizona to inspect its ballot audit process.
Officials in Maricopa County invited Jones and State Senator Brandon Beach (R – Alpharetta) to visit. They brought along with designated forensic auditors in the Fulton County lawsuit, which seeks to inspect 147,000 ballots. Maricopa County is in the middle of a 2 million ballot audit.
Jones called members of the Pennsylvania delegation who visited Arizona previously and they encouraged him to go and see the operation in person. Jones affirmed that the Arizona auditors were “very professional” and tight-lipped about any potential findings. The Maricopa County audit results will be presented at the end of the process.
The state senator, whom many expect to run for either governor or lt. governor, added that some of Arizona’s issues were “eerily similar to what we say in Fulton.”
The forensic auditors in attendance had an opportunity to ask questions of their Arizona peers and identify the best path forward if the lawsuit continues past June 21. In Georgia, Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero delayed the case after receiving a motion to dismiss.
An audit sanctioned by the General Assembly isn’t likely to manifest with many in the legislature preferring for the courts to sort out the matter.
Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office conducted three separate recounts that didn’t uncover any significant instances of fraud.
Jones admitted that even after the passage of SB 202 many Georgia Republicans are hesitant to return to the voting booth. He added it’s time to “change the perception.” He introduced two bills last session dealing with the Dominion Voting Machine system, but at this time, it’s unclear if Georgia will change systems before the 2022 election cycle. The state agreed to a $140 million contract over 10 years for the machines.
“Our people aren’t happy,” Jones said of the Republican base and the state shouldn’t “double down on a bad investment.” Additionally, soon counties will start paying for the maintenance of the Dominion machines. The state previously paid for upkeep, and it could cost counties an estimated $50,000.
Jones was stripped of his leadership positions in the Senate for his strong stance on investigating the 2020 election by Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan.
Duncan has since decided to not seek reelection in 2022 while Jones received the new “Warrior Awards” from the State Republican Convention in Jekyll Island last week.