Brian Kemp accuses Obama administration of hyping hacking threat

Secretary of State Brian Kemp. AJC file/Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Secretary of State Brian Kemp. AJC file/Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com


Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp
turned down an offer from the federal government to help prevent hackers from manipulating the November election.

The Republican told Politico why in an interview that accused President Barack Obama’s administration of playing up warnings over cyberthreats.

From Politico:

“It seems like now it’s just the D.C. media and the bureaucrats, because of the DNC getting hacked — they now think our whole system is on the verge of disaster because some Russian’s going to tap into the voting system,” Kemp, a Republican, told POLITICO in an interview. “And that’s just not — I mean, anything is possible, but it is not probable at all, the way our systems are set up.”

Still, Kemp accused the news media and the federal bureaucracy of raising unwarranted fears of election cyberattacks at the worst possible time.

“It would have been nice for us to have been brought into this situation beforehand to get the perspective,” he said, “because quite honestly, all this did was help blow a lot of things out of proportion, and now every election official across the country’s having to deal with these issues in the middle of a presidential election.”

Kemp’s office is also engaged in a battle against voting rights advocacy groups. The AJC’s Kristina Torres wrote about the lawsuits and whether voting could become an issue in the November election.

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29 comments
Thomas R. McFarland
Thomas R. McFarland

Arizona got hacked. I suppose Kemp thinks Arizona is a foreign country. Kemp is more afraid of President Obama than Russia, but then Kemp is a Trump supporter so it makes sense to him even if it doesn't to the rest of us.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Think we need to be worying about the U.S.A. government rather than Russia.

Suzanne Durbin
Suzanne Durbin

Setting aside the current political dialogue, I firmly believe I should receive a printout of the votes I cast, period. Unlike some other states, Georgia does not provide this safeguard to its voters. This can and should be changed.

Norma Bayides
Norma Bayides

HBO looking for a scapegoat !! Look no further than him and soros and the clintons !!!\U0001f40d\U0001f40d\U0001f40d\U0001f473\U0001f3fc\U0001f47a\U0001f47a

Evelyn Fountain
Evelyn Fountain

When Dem's hack voting system they will blame Russians to cover up. Americans will not be fooled.

Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas

Kemp is most likely the biggest threat to safety and honest elections. Let's not forget the Florida Secretary of State that rigged the election for Bush. GOP has a proven history with this.

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

Best bet? Believe absolutely NOTHING that comes out of the mouth of the pathological liar, Obozo, and his corrupt, incompetent administration.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Kemp pulled 2 million people off the voter registry....you believe what he says?

Roy Daniel English
Roy Daniel English

Monte Poitevint you are a child of God yet you demean other people. You have no shame.

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

I believe nothing that comes out of the mouth of the pathological liar, current Lunatic-in-Chief, nor his corrupt, lawless administration.

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

If I listened to anything you hate-filled, obnoxious, morons had to say, I'd be almost as stupid as you are. I have no interest in the absurd world view of fools. Troll elsewhere loons.

Teresa Holman
Teresa Holman

What fun! The DNC, Hillary, Pelosi, Soros, CNN, NYTimes and more all hacked. Who's next. Thanks Julian!

Matt Peacock
Matt Peacock

GA uses the same system Diebold machines. Argonne National Lab's vulnerability assessment team declared major issues as far back as 11 and no one has really paid attention.

JF Williams
JF Williams

More like people who run things don't want to pay attention

Barry Cooper
Barry Cooper

Russians are to blame for everything now! LOLOL

Don Gulick
Don Gulick

Who needs to hack when this unrepentant buffoon sells voter's personal data (including social security numbers in many cases)? He's an arrogant tool.

Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas

We all know how the GOP love their hanging Chad's.

Sarah Todd
Sarah Todd

C'mon Anonymous! Save this state from this idiotic morons!

Roman Glenn Adams
Roman Glenn Adams

The "system" is on the verge of disaster. Not because some hack, but because the corruption!

Al Toth
Al Toth

Just can't fix stupid.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Oh it must be hype because it actually happened. Use this as a rallying cry to upgrade the system not deflect and deny.