Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is resisting pressure from President Trump on who to appoint to an interim U.S. Senate post, according to people familiar with the selection process, The Wall Street Journal reports.
In recent days, the president has spoken to Kemp at least twice — once face-to-face in Atlanta and once on the phone — urging him to pick Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., a vocal supporter of the president in Congress, the paper reported.
Collins, a white conservative from North Georgia, has pushed for months to get the seat that Sen. Johnny Isakson, 74, is leaving at the end of the year because of health problems.
But the governor is leaning toward appointing a female or minority candidate to improve the GOP’s chances in Atlanta’s burgeoning suburbs, key battlegrounds in the 2020 elections, the Journal said.