U.S. Rep. Jody Hice – a Republican who spent years trolling LGBTQ people from the halls of Congress – is coming home for an intraparty fight to try and oust Georgia’s current secretary of state.
Hice wants to replace Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the 2022 primary. Jumping into the race comes after Hice celebrated cruising to a fourth term in the 10th District in November by trying to undermine Georgia’s election system.
Hice’s continued trumpeting of unproven allegations of election fraud was front and center in his campaign announcement on Monday.
“Free and fair elections are the foundation of our country. What Brad Raffensperger did was create cracks in the integrity of our elections, which I wholeheartedly believe individuals took advantage of in 2020,” Hice said.
“Our state deserves a leader who steers clear of scandals and focuses on the incredibly important duties of the office,” he added.
But Hice built a track record of steering toward LGBTQ issues.
In February, Hice attacked the Equality Act as “outrageous” and a “misguided and poorly constructed” attack on women and science.
“The bill is also fundamentally anti-science,” Hice wrote in a newsletter to supporters. “Redefining ‘gender’ in federal law based around gender perceptions denies the scientific fact that a male, no matter how many hormonal injections or surgical alterations, can never become a female, menstruate, or bear children. The ‘Equality Act’ completely denies both science and commonsense.”
The U.S. House passed the Equality Act in a 224-206 vote on Feb. 25. The measure would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.
When the House passed the legislation in 2019, Hice called it “a horrifying bill.”
In 2015, Hice called the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage a “catastrophic decision” and leaned on his experience as a pastor to defend his criticism.
“I am incredibly disheartened that the majority of what should be the nation’s celebrated and definitive legal minds, apparently have lost their ability to reason logically or soundly. In choosing not to uphold traditional marriage, these Justices have chosen to ignore the duty of their appointed office to the detriment of the American people and society as a whole. For millennia, marriage has been rightly defined as occurring between one man and one woman,” Hice said.
When he first ran for Congress in 2014 – Georgia’s 10th District runs between Atlanta and Augusta – anti-LGBTQ groups embraced Hice, even one labeled a hate group. Hice delivered red meat to them on the campaign trail.
In fact, Hice has long been fascinated with the gays. He rants about a secret plot by the gays to recruit and sodomize children in his book “It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America.” He called on Congress to ban discrimination against those who discriminate against LGBTQ people. He stood with the Atlanta fire chief fired for his own anti-gay and misogynist ramblings. He’s even too toxic for some conservative voters in his district.
As Hice carves out the anti-LGBTQ lane in the GOP primary, he faces two other candidates for Secretary of State – Raffensperger and former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. Raffensperger defeated Isle in a primary runoff in 2017.