The biggest political drama in the Peach State is over a soon-to-be vacant Senate seat – and right at the center of it is a WNBA owner.
A WNBA owner that, according to reports, will be named to said seat.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that Georgia governor Brian Kemp would name Kelly Loeffler to the Senate seat that will be left vacant by Johnny Isakson, who is leaving Capitol Hill due to health issues.
Loeffler was always Kemp’s choice to get the seat despite opposition from Kemp’s right, who believes that he should have chosen Rep. Doug Collins for the seat.
Collins represents Georgia’s ninth congressional district, one that includes virtually all of the northeastern part of the state, including his hometown of Gainesville and the northern half of Clarke County (Athens).
That Senate seat will belong to Loeffler until the 2020 election when a special election will be held to fill the remaining pair of years on Isakson’s term.
Loeffler is also a well-known name in Republican circles. She gave $750,000 to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Romney, now a senator himself from Utah, lost that election to Barack Obama, but he won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes.
Loeffler’s WNBA connections are being used by Collins allies. They are slamming her for said links to Planned Parenthood (Seattle Storm, New York Liberty, WNBA’s Take a Seat, Take a Stand program of 2018) and Stacey Abrams (Kemp’s challenger in the 2018 Georgia governor’s race who is now part of the WNBPA’s board of advocates).