- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Those who insist Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler has run to her right as she seeks election this November got another member Monday: Ms. Loeffler.

“Yep, she’s more conservative than Attila the Hun,” announces an actor in an ad the Loffler campaign released Monday.

Ms. Loeffler is protecting her right flank in flamboyant style as she faces Republican Rep. Doug Collins — along with various Democrats — in a so-called jungle primary that will leave the two top vote-getters in a 2021 runoff.

In the ad, Attila — the fearsome leader of the Huns who was finally defeated in 451 A.D. by Rome and its allies — mumbles and grumbles on a throne while a court sycophant takes notes.

“Attack big government,” the scribe says at one point, and “eliminate the liberal scribes,” he says at another.

It concludes with the statement that Ms. Loeffler votes with Mr. Trump “100 percent.”

The Collins campaign said the advertisement reflects a bizarre conception of what might appeal to conservatives.

“Kelly thinks conservatives are grunting, filthy, mass-murdering open borders atheist polygamists,” said Collins campaign spokesman Dan McLagan. “She lives in a seriously warped palace with an odd view of the peasants.”

Ms. Loeffler holds a 4-point lead over the primary field in the latest Real Clear Politics average of recent Georgia polls.

But Mr. Collins enjoys the presumed support of President Trump after the congressman emerged as one of Mr. Trump’s most vocal House defenders in the impeachment process. Mr. Trump urged Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, to appoint Mr. Collins to the seat last January when former Sen. Johnny Isaakson abruptly resigned for health reasons.

But Mr. Kemp chose Ms. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman and owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta franchise. At the time, she was seen as a more moderate choice than Mr. Collins and a politician whose deep personal pockets — her husband is the chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange — would make her a strong candidate in November.

Now, the race is wide open with Democratic candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock, who heads the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, expected to benefit from a divided GOP vote.

Ms. Loeffler’s moderate qualities five the Collins campaign a line of attack that she’s not conservative enough. Monday’s ad attempts to parry those charges.

• James Varney can be reached at jvarney@washingtontimes.com.

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