Brian Kemp had one job, and registering voters was pretty much it. 15 years after the start of the 21st century, one should be able to safely assume that Georgia’s Secretary of State would be able to fulfill the basic task of the office to which he was elected. Instead, Secretary of State Kemp said that “Due to a clerical error where information was put in the wrong file, 12 recipients received a disc that contained personal identifying information that should not have been included. This violated the policies that I put in place to protect voters personal information.”
That’s from the AJC, with lots of details about which details on Georgia’s 6,000,000 + voters got misplaced into the ether. One wonders when the Secretary of State came to think that blaming a “clerical error” would somehow absolve him of the duties of his job, which are important, but, at their heart, CLERICAL. But that’s in the past. The real question is, who should replace Brian Kemp?
Georgia deserves a competent Secretary of State. Kemp’s been there since 2010, and clearly proven he’s not up to the job. The next question is: Who should the Governor appoint to replace him after Kemp resigns, as he obviously will?
My nominee would be Lynn Ledford, the Elections Supervisor in Gwinnett County. I’ve dealt with many elections folks in my career, and Lynn is one of the best. The best recommendations for Ledford are 1) she has absolutely ZERO political ambitions and 2) would probably refuse the appointment if it was offered. Eminently qualified, no ambitions. What more could you ask for in a public servant?
Feel free to offer your nominations in the comments.