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Two Athens-area congressmen are among those who texted Meadows about 2020 election

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U.S. Representatives Andrew Clyde (left) and Jody Hice (center) were among several dozen GOP officials who texted then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the weeks after the 2020 election.

Two Athens-area lawmakers are among the dozens of Republican officials who sent text messages to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the wake of the 2020 election, according to a story from Talking Points Memo.

A December 2019 text from 10th District Representative Jody Hice to Meadows clams that Hice was, “leading the GA electoral college objection on Jan. 6.” A spokesperson for Hice told TPM, "Our boss did lead the electoral objection for Georgia. I mean that’s just how it is.”

Hice did not run for re-election to his House seat this year, instead mounting an unsuccessful primary challenge against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

District 9 Congressman Andrew Clyde also texted Meadows with a message of support for then-President Donald Trump. In a January 9 message, Clyde told Meadows he hoped Trump would create a new social media outlet to compete with Twitter.

"I truly hope he does create a new platform to complete with Twitter and I hope he calls it �Trumpet� and then we can send out �notes� to each other!" Clyde's text reads.

Georgia Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Rick Allen, and Barry Loudermilk also texted Meadows in the wake of the election, as did former U.S. Senator David Perdue.