Mariah Parker calls for Hice’s removal, announces possible run for his seat

Late last night, Commissioner Mariah Parker condemned US Congressman Jody Hice for “fan[ning] the flames of fascism” and “undermin[ing] our democracy,” in reference to Tuesday’s attack on the US Capitol, which he praised as “our 1776 moment.”

Parker called for Hice’s removal from office, citing US law which prevents insurrectionists from holding federal office. She also announced the creation of an exploratory committee as she considers a run for US Congress in Georgia district 10, the seat Hice currently holds.

If Parker decides to run, she would face Hice in the 2022 midterm elections assuming he is not removed from office before then. According to Georgia law, she would have to step down as commissioner if she chooses to run.

Mariah Parker’s full statement

“As an elected official, it’s my job to protect the rights of everyone I represent. Often, that means pushing back against bullies that would seek to harm or marginalize my constituents. Yesterday’s attack on the Capitol was a powerful reminder that one of the biggest threats to the rights of my constituents is a man named Jody Hice. That’s why today, I, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mariah Parker, call for the removal of Congressman Hice from office for inciting and supporting insurrection, a willful violation of The Code of Laws of The United States of America.

For months, Hice has led the efforts to invalidate the presidential votes of my constituents and people across Georgia. He has hypocritically asserted that his own election to Congress was legitimate, while the elections of our Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were not, even though these votes were all cast on the same machines and counted through the same election infrastructure. Despite the fact that claims of voter fraud have been roundly rejected by the courts, Hice continues to fan the flames of fascism that, on Wednesday, engulfed the Capitol in smoke.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Jody Hice cheered on the government’s overthrow by calling Wednesday “our 1776 moment.” To have a sitting Congressman not only undermine our democracy but speak with pride about violent attempts to overturn it should greatly trouble us all. 

According to the The Code of Laws of the United States of America, Title 18, Part I, Chapter 115, section 2383, “Whoever incites… any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof… shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

I therefore support Representative Cori Bush’s resolution to have Jody Hice and others who inspired yesterday’s attack removed from office, and invite all who are equally disturbed by Hice’s actions to sign onto her petition calling for their removal. 

The 10th Congressional district deserves representation that will heal the divides in our country. Rhetoric alone cannot do this; to ensure the events of Wednesday are not repeated, we need bold transformative policy that uplifts the rural and urban working classes alike to make our country whole. Hice’s reprehensible actions have accelerated my decision to form an exploratory committee for a potential run for the GA-10 Congressional seat. In the coming months, we will bring together Georgians across GA-10 for discussion of what policies are needed to strengthen our communities and what our coalition should look like in order to win.”

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