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House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races

Added 11-24-20 08:57:01pm EST - “The head of the House Armed Services Committee is accusing Air Force leadership of trumpeting the placement of a new aircraft operating base in Georgia in order to influence? the state's crucial Senate runoff races.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The head of the House Armed Services Committee is accusing Air Force leadership of trumpeting the placement of a new aircraft operating base in Georgia in order to influence the state’s crucial Senate runoff races.

The service on Tuesday announced four locations to place Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft, with the Georgia Air National Guard Base in Savannah selected as one of the sites.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names House Democrats back slower timeline for changing Confederate base names MORE (D-Wash.) said the timing of the announcement “raises serious concerns” and “could mar the service’s historically repeatable, transparent, and deliberate strategic basing process, which until now has helped insulate basing decisions from political influence.”

He asserted in a statement that the move to include Georgia as a location “inherently politicizes the announcement amidst the ongoing Senate runoffs in the state.”

The service in June briefed Congress on three sites to be selected for the new operating bases, none of which were in Georgia, though Savannah was included in the original eight installations considered.

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