Marjorie Greene Hit With Immediate Electoral Challenge In Georgia

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Holly McCormack, a Democrat from northwest Georgia, has announced her candidacy against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), marking the first officially announced electoral challenge to the incendiary first-term Congresswoman. Greene has recently faced steep criticism over past rhetoric including apparent support for the execution of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and although Greene finally vaguely distanced herself from past rhetoric in remarks on the House floor, the travesty that she’s in Congress at all remains.

While in office, Greene has seemed largely eager to garner attention, no matter the very real issues faced by people in her district. For instance, she has recently launched a campaign against the Equality Act, a piece of legislation meant to prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Greene characterized the legislation as “evil” and a so-called attack on God, which is laughable. Anti-discrimination legislation isn’t an attack against God.

McCormack addressed Greene’s antics in her candidacy announcement, although she didn’t mention Greene by name. Still, McCormack mentioned “noisy politicians who are only looking out for the next headline,” which seemed like a clear remark against Greene. McCormack commented as follows:

‘Once thriving communities are now hanging by a thread. There’s real frustration walking these streets. Our towns aren’t what they used to be. These are proud communities. Georgians take care of one another — we are hard-working people that just want a shot at the American dream, but for the people of northwest Georgia, the American dream seems out of reach… Rural Americans have been left behind by noisy politicians who are only looking out for the next headline. No one is looking out for northwest Georgia… It’s time to cut through the noise and get to work.’

Check out McCormack’s announcement below:

Although Greene made a big deal out of the fact that some of her most high-profile troubling rhetoric was from before her run for Congress, it’s not like she’s been some kind of model of public responsibility since entering the spotlight. Once, she shared a post depicting her holding a gun next to images of Congresswomen of color including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). In the caption, Greene talked up the idea of going on an “offensive.” Facebook removed that particular ad. More recently, once in Congress, the House voted to remove Greene from her Congressional committee assignments after some of her most incendiary past rhetoric resurfaced.