Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has left his post as chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) in a desperate attempt to distance himself from the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January

Key RAGA positions are being filled by individuals who helped organize the march to the Capitol, including Peter Bisbee, showing that this far-right extremism is not only tolerated but rewarded with top leadership roles

Accountable.US: “Attorney General Carr can try to run from his role in the deadly insurrection, but he can’t hide from the fact that he stuck around for months after a violent attack on the Capitol and our democracy — while mainstream conservatives and RAGA members continued to spread the Big Lie”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr recently resigned as Chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) in an attempt to distance himself from the organization and its role in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The resignation is too little too late, with Carr only recently resigning after more than  three months since the insurrection took place.  

“Attorney General Carr can try to run from his role in the deadly insurrection, but he can’t hide from the fact that he stuck around for months after a violent attack on the Capitol and our democracy — while his party and RAGA members continued to spread the Big Lie,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “As he attempts to slink away from any responsibility, Carr must be held accountable for his role in undermining faith in our democratic institutions, and this pathetic attempt to walk away now isn’t fooling anyone. ”  

Read more about Carr’s bad-faith resignation and attempts to distance himself from those who encouraged the insurrection below: 

  • Washington Post: Opinion: The Big Lie has gotten so bad that even some Republicans are running from it
    • The resignation of a senior Republican from a national group over continued fallout from the “Stop the Steal” madness…”
    • “The chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association has just resigned his post, amid criticism of the group for sponsoring a now-infamous robocall urging people to descend on the Capitol to “Stop the Steal.” That echoed Trump’s campaign to overturn the results, which incited the Jan. 6 violent attack.
    • “Carr cited a “fundamental difference” among the group’s members over “the significance of the events of January 6.” Specifically, he noted, some members resisted accepting the recent resignation of the group’s executive director over the robocalls, which urged “patriots” to attend the rally to defend “election integrity.”
    • “This has marred the group’s effort to choose its next executive director and “restore” its “reputation,” Carr admitted. In short, the group — which comprises GOP attorneys general across the country — is in turmoil because some want to move on from the Big Lie, and others don’t”
       
  • Associated Press: Georgia AG quits chair of prosecutors’ group in riot fallout (Also ran in: The Telegraph, The Atlanta Voice) 
    • “Georgia’s top prosecutor has resigned as chairman of the national Republican Attorneys General Association, saying he has had a “fundamental difference of opinion” with some of the other 24 members since the group encouraged the crowd that breached the Capitol on Jan. 6.”
    • “Republican Chris Carr’s break with the group…reflects a continuing divide as some high-ranking Republicans seek to distance themselves from Donald Trump and others try to demonstrate their loyalty to the former president.”
    • “The association’s executive director, Adam Piper, resigned days later, and the board replaced Piper on Thursday with Peter Bisbee, who had led the Rule of Law Defense Fund on Jan. 6 and reportedly approved paying for the call.” 
    • “While Carr said he supports the restrictive election law Brian Kemp signed last month and is defending the state against lawsuits regarding it as well, he said he can’t agree with the group’s current direction.” 
    • “Georgia Democratic Party spokesperson Rebecca Galanti described Carr as “an extremist who puts politics ahead of the rule of law.”
    • “Chris Carr oversaw an organization that urged people to march on the U.S. Capitol in protest of a free and fair election,” she said. “His resignation now does not change the fact that under his leadership, Republican Attorneys General became even more anti-democratic and contributed to a deadly riot.”
       
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution: Carr steps down from Republican AGs group under fire for robocall
    • Chris Carr has stepped down as chairman of a national group that advocates for Republican attorneys general, citing a “significant different of opinion” in the organization’s direction following a robocall that urged people to march to the U.S. Capitol and “stop the steal” ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.”
    • “As hard as he tries to distance himself from his past ahead of an election year,” party spokeswoman Rebecca Galanti said, “Georgia voters know Chris Carr for who he really is — an extremist who puts politics ahead of the rule of law.”
    • “Both Bailey and Jordan slammed Carr’s resignation as an attempt to distract voters from the group’s role in the insurrection. So did the Democratic Party of Georgia, which said the GOP organization “became even more anti-democratic” under Carr’s leadership.”
       
  • Law.com: Gone but Not Forgotten: Carr Quits Republican AGs Group
    • “Carr cited a “difference of opinion” with the Republican group that urged people to march in protest of President Joe Biden’s election. But Georgia Democrats suggested they won’t let him “distance himself” from the violence of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.” 
    • “Attorney General Chris Carr has resigned his position as chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association in the continuing fallout from the Jan. 6 Capitol riots—but his opponents won’t let him forget it.”

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