Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, has consistently shown himself to be a fighter who won’t back down to media pressure. Now, he’s going to try to legally reign in an overreaching local Democratic mayor – by taking her to court.
Fox News reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has decided to bring a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta over mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ latest coronavirus mandate.
Competing Executive Orders
This lawsuit comes after Bottoms signed an executive order last week requiring Atlanta to go back to “phase 1” reopening status.
Georgia is one of those states that has recently been seeing a rise in coronavirus cases, which is what led to Bottoms’ order.
The day prior to Bottoms’ order, however, Gov. Kemp issued an executive order of his own which prevented many local governments – including that of Atlanta – from requiring people to wear face coverings. In fact, Kemp seemed to argue that the residents of Georgia do not have to follow the executive orders of Bottoms and others if these orders are more restrictive than his own executive order.
Confusion leads to legal conflict
Bottoms, in response, said that she plans on enforcing her executive order regardless.
It is clear that a lawsuit was brewing here, and that is what happened. On Thursday, it was announced that Kemp is suing Atlanta in order to block officials from enforcing their more restrictive coronavirus orders.
The lawsuit states that Kemp “seeks to have this Court make a declaration that Mayor Bottoms’ executive orders are more restrictive and contradictory to his executive orders, and therefore, Mayor Bottoms’ COVID-related executive orders are suspended.”
Bottoms has since expressed her opinion that this is a political move by Kemp, saying, “I think that he is putting politics over people.”
Kemp, however, said that he is doing it for the people of Atlanta.
“This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times,” Kemp said. “These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine economic growth.”
It’s good to see Kemp fighting for the people of Georgia, refusing to let this overbearing Democratic mayor hold them down. Let’s hope that judges in Georgia agree.