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In late February, a few days before the filing deadline for candidates to run to replace Justice Blackwell, Blackwell sent a letter to Kemp that said he intended to resign his seat effective November 18th. Blackwell’s term would have expired on December 31st, so he was basically retiring six weeks early. No big deal, right? Well, with a Governor with integrity in office, it wouldn’t have been. But Georgia has Kemp.
Kemp accepted Blackwell’s resignation then informed Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that he intended to fill Blackwell’s seat by a gubernatorial appointment. Raffensperger then canceled the election.
What it means:
Kemp’s appointee — who will be another Republican — will not only serve the six weeks between November 18th and December 31st, but IN ADDITION, will serve another two years!
Had Blackwell said he would be retiring on December 30th, Kemp could have pulled the same set of shenanigans and named Blackwell’s replacement, ostensibly turning one day into two years and a day. Even more nefarious, Kemp could hypothetically appoint Blackwell to fill the vacancy created by… Blackwell! And thus, a six-year term is magically transformed into eight.