Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s (R-GA) business career was supposed to be one of her key political assets when she was appointed to a vacant Senate seat in January. Instead, it’s turned into an albatross that threatens to make her both the wealthiest and the shortest-serving U.S. Senator of the Trump era.
The most visible liability stemming from Loeffler’s background in business and finance was the controversy surrounding a string of stock sales in the wake of a closed-door Senate briefing on the coronavirus in January (the FBI and Senate Ethics officials both cleared her of official wrongdoing). But in other notable ways, her time in the private sector is hamstringing Loeffler’s efforts to beat back a challenge from Republican Rep. Doug Collins in a special election in November.
The most recent example came last week, when Loeffler’s campaign began airing a television ad attacking Collins over, among other issues, his vote in the Georgia state legislature for a bill that allowed regional referenda on sales tax hikes to fund infrastructure projects. “Doug Collins only plays a conservative on TV,” the ad says.