The growing bathroom backlash from Georgia Republicans

Georgia conservatives are riled up about the Obama administration's recent directive to public schools over bathroom rules, and the backlash has spanned from carefully-worded responses to potty-mouthed outbursts.

The White House's guidance last week directed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, intensifying the debate over LGBT rights that's already raging as the Obama administration battles North Carolina over the policy. It didn't take long for Georgia Republicans to wade in.

"It is absurd that we need a 'federal restroom policy' for our nation's schools," wrote Rep. Tom Price on Facebook. "This is yet another abuse and overreach of power by the ‪#‎ Obama‬ Administration, and a clear invasion of privacy. Schools should not have to fear retaliation for failure to comply."

House Speaker David Ralston opined on  Fannin County fight, urging Georgia senators to protect schools from a federal government that's "dictating to our locally-elected Board of Education with regards to the policies they enact in a way never before seen."

And Rep. Doug Collins, locked in his own primary battle, said on Facebook that "Obama is once again disregarding the separation of powers."

"Girls should use girls’ bathrooms, and boys should use boy’s bathrooms," he wrote. "It is as simple as that."

Gov. Nathan Deal has so far kept mum on the debate, though several other Republican governors have vowed to defy Obama's directive.

And then there was the press release from former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson, who's running in the crowded GOP race to replace retiring Rep. Lynn Westmoreland.

Here's the (PG-13) statement his campaign released over the weekend:

“Common sense has fled the addled brains of our nations leaders. Kickstands to the left, hoo ha’s to the right. We don’t need the President to make this decision for us.”

Yes folks, nothing but the news here.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...