Opinion: Northwest Georgia state senator’s ploy another in tiring line of desperate measures to save Trump

Staff File Photo By Erin O. Smith / Then-state representative candidate Colton Moore makes a phone call before returning to the gallery of the House of Representatives at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on March 29, 2018, where he was shadowing his opponent in the upcoming election.

Call it an official suggestion, for that's all the request this week for an emergency session of the Georgia state legislature by state Sen. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, is right now.

The first-term senator would like for the legislature to convene, investigate the activities of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, and, if one thing leads to another, impeach her.

Willis filed a case Monday — you may have heard about it — involving former President Donald Trump and allegations that he and others broke the law in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 president election.

Moore is a strong Trump supporter and in the same congressional district as U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, who fancies herself such an ally of Trump that she let it be known this week she would have to seriously mull over any offers to be the vice presidential nominee with the former president in 2024 or a member of his Cabinet in a potential second term.

Clearly, Fairyland is not just a destination in Georgia's Rock City Gardens, which is in Greene's district.

But back to Moore.

"America is under attack," he tweeted (or Xed) on X (formerly Twitter), attaching the call to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp for the special session. "I'm not going to sit back and watch as radical left prosecutors politically TARGET political opponents."

Later, in another post, Moore said, "I launched the process to investigate Fani Willis for targeting Donald Trump. No more empty promises. No more talking in circles. The time for action is NOW! We must defund her office ... and if appropriate ... IMPEACH." He added — natch — a link to donate to his campaign for re-election.

Of course, there are a few hiccups before Willis can be escorted from her office carrying a box with her nameplate and framed photos of her family.

The Georgia constitution says a special session can be called at the request of either the state governor or a three-fifths majority of both the state's Senate and House of Representatives.

Kemp, for his part, may not feel so inclined. In the past, Kemp was a supporter of Trump and Moore an early supporter of Kemp. All that changed when Kemp rejected Trump's claim that the 2020 presidential election in Georgia had been rigged.

Moore, at the time, tweeted that Kemp had "disgraced" the state, "sold out Georgia" and made it "a national embarrassment." He also noted that the governor had rejected a special session to deal with the election claims.

And as for the prospects of three-fifths of the legislature? With Republicans holding 33 of 56 spots in the state Senate, that's 58.9% — not quite three-fifths — so they would need a few Democrats to go along. And with Republicans claiming 102 of 180 seats in the state House, that's only 56.7%, so they'd also need a few more Democrats to join with them. But the possibility of Democrats ditching Willis? Not a chance.

But that doesn't mean mighty Colton would have struck out. The state also has a newly created commission to discipline or remove elected prosecutors from office (a law that is being challenged in court this month).

The eight-member Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission, which launched July 1, will begin taking complaints Oct. 1. It is to include six current or former prosecutors and two other lawyers. It is similar to previous efforts passed to remove prosecutors in Florida, Indiana, Missouri and Pennsylvania, according to The Associated Press.

It has been suggested the efforts in other states, which have met with mixed results, were set up to 1) Be a check on what are thought to be soft-on-crime Democratic prosecutors, 2) Take down prosecutors who refuse to prosecute low-level crimes like marijuana possession, 3) Clip the wings of prosecutors who say they won't uphold state laws involving the performing of abortions, or 4) In Georgia's case, threaten Willis, whose office had been working on the Trump case for months.

We, like Moore, certainly believe there have been political aspects to the various indictments of Trump, that persecuting political opponents can be a slippery slope, and that investigations of Biden and others have been glossed over by Democrats, but we also believe the former president greased his own pathway to his prosecutions with his machinations following the 2020 election, in which his own staff members said not enough evidence could be found that showed he might have won the election.

But the daily Sturm und Drang perpetuated by Trump, some of the other Republican nomination contenders, Greene, Moore and many others intending to make the former president a victim is not wearing well. No polls are showing that he is winning over the independents and Democrats he'll need to win in 2024 (pending trials and all). And desperate measures like Moore's are not making it easier.