Candidate for Georgia Governor, and current Secretary State, Brian Kemp, fires back at misinformation created by the Associated Press concerning allegations that his office quietly wiped a computer server holding viable election data involved in an elections lawsuit.
Last week, The Associated Press released an article about a computer server, housing voting data, was “quietly wiped clean” by custodians contracted by Georgia election officials.
According to The AP article, the server was wiped clean on July 7th by the Center for Elections Systems Kennesaw State (KSU) after the lawsuit from election advocates on July 3rd. This was discovered in a state assistant attorney general’s email to lawyers representing the election advocates. The purpose of the lawsuit seeks to force state election officials to replace current touchscreen voting system, AccuVote.
After the AP article was published, it was discovered that the FBI had a copy of the voting data before it was cleared by Kennesaw State. KSU election custodians cleared the server as part of the normal protocol to re-purpose the server, which complies with IT standards.
The Kemp Campaign fired back at the Associated Press’ misinformation in a campaign release:
Reporters from the Associated Press and those who cited their lies should be ashamed of themselves,” said Ryan Mahoney, Communications Director for the Kemp Campaign.
After an internal investigation, it was found that nothing nefarious happened at the KSU Center for Elections. The server was copied and re-purposed. All interested parties were notified. There is no scandal or vast conspiracy. This is a tasteless nothingburger cooked up by liberal activists who know their lawsuit is nothing short of stupid.
Just when you thought the AP’s reporting couldn’t get any worse, it did. The Attorney General’s office has a conflict of interest and cannot represent the elections board or the Secretary of State’s office. No one quit or thought the case was too difficult. This is normal and not newsworthy.
Governor Roy Barnes, who was tapped by the Department of Administrative Services, has full faith and confidence he can prove what we already know: Georgia’s elections are secure, accessible, and fair.
President Donald Trump was on to something when he coined the term fake news. I have a list of reporters and news outlets who should appear next to the dictionary definition.