Rep. Doug Collins has announced that he will run for the Senate. He will challenge the incumbent, Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to fill the seat that Johnny Isakson vacated.
Collins was prominent during the House impeachment proceedings as an aggressive questioner on President Trump’s behalf. I didn’t find his questioning particularly cogent, but that’s just my opinion. He did his best, and gained good will from the president and the party for his efforts.
But there are good reasons not to support Collins over Loeffler. For one thing, Collins’s record on immigration leaves plenty to be desired. He is part of a group of GOP Senators and congressman that has pleaded with DHS Secretary Chad Wolf to bring more foreign workers to the U.S. to compete against Americans for jobs. Breitbart has the details.
Sen. Loeffler did not join this plea.
Collins is worse on crime than he is on immigration. He helped lead the charge on the First Step Act. In fact, he supported even more drastic jailbreak legislation.
Collins’s collaborator in this effort was Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. Jeffries is a radical Democrat from New York.
Like the First Step legislation that became law, the Jeffries-Collins legislation offered “time credits” to let certain federal prisoners out early. However, their legislation went further than First Step. This Townhall article by Reagan McCarthy has the details.
Under Jeffries-Collins, child pornographers would have been eligible for early release as long as it was their first offense. Other crimes covered by the bill included failing to register as a sex offender, importing illegal immigrants for prostitution, and female genital mutilation.
I’d like to hear Doug Collins explain why, for example, he favored leniency for criminals who import illegal immigrants for prostitution.
President Trump has signaled that he’s happy with Sen. Loeffler. I’m happy she was selected instead of Rep. Collins. I hope she will still be in the Senate come this time next year.
CORRECTION: The original version of this post said that Collins and Jeffries are sponsoring current leniency legislation that expands “time credits.” That is incorrect. No such legislation is pending and I’m told (and believe) that Collins is not currently working on the matter.
I regret the error and have changed the content of the post to eliminate it, in the hope that the incorrect information won’t appear online to Collins’s detriment.
However, it is fair to criticize Collins for sponsoring the broad leniency provisions he and Jeffries sought in 2017. I still wonder why he included criminals who import illegal immigrants for prostitution.