Georgia delegation congressional voting

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton

TIFTON — On the eve of the Super Tuesday multi-state presidential preference primary election, a Southwest Georgia congressman came out strongly criticizing Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

In a statement released from GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign, U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, slammed Trump for not denouncing the Ku Klux Klan, a reference to David Duke’s endorsement of Trump’s campaign. Trump said Monday that he didn’t disavow the endorsement of the former klansman during a Sunday appearance on CNN because he had a defective earpiece and couldn’t properly hear the question.

“Donald Trump’s reprehensible refusal to denounce the Ku Klux Klan is just the latest, most outrageous example of why he can never be the Republican nominee,” Scott said in the statement Monday. “Georgia Republicans will not allow their party to be taken over by a con man.

“Marco Rubio’s huge crowds here show Georgians see Marco as the conservative candidate who can win in November.”

Trump was scheduled to hold a campaign rally Monday night in Valdosta.

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