Senate Democrats bemused by Trump's daydream of running Marjorie Taylor Greene against them: 'We'll beat her'
Donald Trump recently said he'd love to see GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene run for Senate.
The last three Senate hopefuls Trump has backed in Georgia have lost six straight contests.
Current Senate campaign chair Gary Peters is confident Greene would also fall short.
While some Senate Democrats seemed shocked about possibly going toe-to-toe with conservative bomb-thrower Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in the near future, the party's current reelection chief embraced the challenge.
"She can do whatever she wants. Wherever she runs, we'll beat her," Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, who picked up a majority-deciding seat as chair of Senate Democrats' campaign arm in 2022 and reupped to oversee the 2024 cycle, told Insider between votes.
Peters' prediction puts him at odds with Donald Trump, who floated the idea of having the two-term House Republican take a shot at one of Georgia's Democratically-controlled Senate seats during his 2024 campaign kick-off in Waco, Texas.
"I would fight like hell for you," the embattled former president told Greene, who has already endorsed his reelection bid and warmed up the crowd at the MAGA lovefest, over the weekend.
Trump's recent recruiting efforts in the state haven't worked out so well.
His preferred candidates lost six head-to-head Peach State Senate contests within 26 months, including two general elections in 2020, two special runoff elections in 2021 that produced a 50-50 Senate with a Democratic edge because of Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote, and another general election and runoff in 2022 that earned incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock his first full term.
Warnock looked rather incredulous as Insider asked for his opinion about Trump's show of support for a Greene senate bid.
"'Show' is the right word," he said, shaking his head in disbelief as a subway car whisked him towards the US Capitol.
Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff, who is up for reelection in 2026, cracked a smile when Insider mentioned Trump's ad lib in Waco.
"I'm not giving much thought to prospective challengers," Ossoff said while striding towards the chamber. A few steps later, he said, "Anyone is free to run. And I'll be ready."
Whether he winds up across the debate stage with Greene or some other Trump-backed challenger, Ossoff added that he's not taking anything for granted in the South's busiest battleground.
"I have no doubt Georgia will remain a highly competitive state," he said.
That's exactly the right attitude to take, Democratic strategist Rodell Mollieneau told Insider.
"Before Dems start congratulating themselves three years in advance, let's not forget that Hershel Walker got 49% of the general electoral vote last year," the former aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and now partner at political consulting firm Rokk Solutions, wrote in an email. "We still have some work to do in that state to solidify our gains for the long term."
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