Georgia-based attorney Lin Wood is getting a lot of attention for urging supporters of President Donald Trump to break with the president and not vote for GOP Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on January 5th. second round elections.
Wood’s public comments run counter to President Trump’s own public statements and wishes, as the president has repeatedly urged his supporters to support Loeffler and Perdue and travels to Valdosta, Ga., To rally with senators on Saturday of the GOP. Wood’s comments are also consistent with what the main national Democrats are pushing, as Breitbart News reported that an anti-Trump Democratic national Super PAC called the “Really American PAC” is running billboards with a message almost identical to what Wood says.
While Wood made his comments purportedly as a self-proclaimed Trump supporter, while wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, the real story here is that Wood is by no means a Republican and that he is not. there is no record of him in Georgia. never voted for President Trump – in 2016 or 2020 – in the Republican primaries. While Wood voted in the 2020 and 2016 general election in Georgia – there is no record in Georgia of him pulling a GOP primary ballot in 2016 or 2020, the two years President Trump was on the ticket. Ironically, in the 2020 and 2016 general elections, state records show Wood voted by correspondence – by mail – in Georgia, part of the same system he is now rebelling against.
In addition to Trump himself, Vice President Mike Pence is making a second trip to Georgia later this week to campaign for Loeffler and Perdue and the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has also expressed his support for them. .
This is what is so interesting about these people who claim to support the interests of the president by telling Georgians not to support the presidential candidates for the Senate in the second round. But it might not be that complicated when you look at the voting history and political donation history of this narrative’s main instigator, Wood. Wood has long supported Democrats in the state of Georgia, and now with the US Senate at stake, he has positioned himself as a leading voice in the MAGA movement. Republicans currently have at least 50 Senate seats for next year and Democrats currently have at least 48 seats.
If Democrats were to win these two second elections and tie the Senate 50-50 next year, then assuming Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden emerges victorious over the challenges of President Trump’s election results, Democrats would then take control of the upper house of Congress. While Trump still pursues challenges, every state in which he disputes the results has certified a victory for Biden, making the president’s battle even longer. In a scenario where Biden emerges victorious and Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win those Senate seats in Georgia’s second round, that would now mean Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) – who would be vice-chair of the United States in this situation would cut ties in the Senate and now Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would become Majority Leader and control Senate speech and committees.
Perhaps that is why Wood, who supported Democrats for years until Trump, is urging Trump supporters to run the Democratic election. Georgia records show that Wood has voted in every general election since 2000, in person in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, then by mail or mail in 2016, 2018 and 2020. the state also show that Wood has not voted in a Republican primary since 2004, but requested Democratic ballots in the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018 primary elections in Georgia. This means that even when Trump was president, in the 2018 midterm election, Wood called for a Democratic primary in Georgia and voted Democrats in the state primaries as Trump universally supported Republicans there. . Wood also did not ask either party for primary ballots, according to records, in 2016 or 2020 – when Trump was on the ballot in the GOP primary.
Wood also has a long history of campaigning for Presidential, Governors, Senate, and Congressional Top Democrats. While he changed a bit during the Trump era and made donations to Trump and some Republicans in Congress and the Republican National Committee, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Wood has long supported Democrats for federal offices and in particular for Georgia offices. . Donations to Wood’s Democratic Party politicians over a decade and more total over $ 40,000, and range from 2004 to as recently as 2018.
Campaign fundraising records show Wood donated thousands and thousands of dollars to prominent Democrats like former President Barack Obama, to whom he gave $ 2,300 in 2008 on two separate donations. In 2004, Wood funded the then senator’s Democratic presidential campaign. John Edwards (D-NC) with $ 500 split over two separate donations.
It wasn’t just Democratic presidential candidates like Obama and Edwards that Wood supported. He also previously backed Perdue’s Democratic opponent in 2014, Michelle Nunn, giving her $ 100 in September 2014. He gave Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jim Martin $ 500 on November 10, 2008, when Martin forced a second round with then-GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss. (R-GA) – meaning there are at least two general elections other than this one for the US Senate in Georgia, where Wood has financially supported Democrats rather than Republicans. This shows that he has a long history of supporting Democrats against Perdue in particular, but also against Georgia Republicans in US Senate races in the state.
He also supported the Georgia Democrats in several other races for state and federal office. According to FEC records, in September 2014, Wood gave an additional $ 100 to another Democratic representative from Georgia at the time, John Barrow (D-GA).
But state records in Georgia show that while Trump was president, in 2017 and 2018, Wood donated thousands and thousands of dollars in Georgia to Democrats in the state, funding opposition to the president of the state. ‘State. He made $ 2,000 from three separate donations in 2018 to Ken Hodges, a Democratic judge at the Georgia Court of Appeals, for his campaign. In 2010, Wood gave an additional $ 4,200 on several donations to Hodges.
In June 2018, he also donated $ 2,600 to Democratic State Senator Zahra Karinshak.
In 2017, Wood gave Georgia Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Evans $ 12,600. Wood worked with Evans as an attorney in private practice, and Evans would lose the Democratic primary for governor in 2018 to Stacey Abrams, who lost to GOP governor Brian Kemp in the 2018 general election. Wood a donates an additional $ 2,500 to Evans in November 2015, an additional $ 2,300 in March 2010, an additional $ 2,400 in May 2009 and an additional $ 100 in December 2009.
In state-level races in 2006, records show Wood gave Martin – the 2008 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee he would later support in this race against GOP’s Chambliss – an additional $ 1,000 over two separate gifts.
In 2014, he donated $ 5,000 to State Senator Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, according to state records.
He also, in 2009, donated $ 500 to former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes when he launched a failed return offer against GOP Gov. Nathan Deal for the Governor’s Mansion.
In 2009 and 2010, Wood also donated a total of $ 1,000 to a leftist group called the “Georgia Win List”. The group’s website says its goal is to “change the face of power in Georgia by electing pro-choice women Democrats in numbers.” In other words, the group is going against President Trump’s stated pro-life stance and pushing Georgians to abort by electing as many Democrats as possible.