War of the words

Jon Ossoff

Attack, support ads surface for 6th district democrat

Republican and Democrat political action committees (PACs) have wasted no time in spending money to discredit and defend 6th congressional district Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super-PAC backed by Republican House of Representatives leaders, spent approximately $1.1 million on ad buys leading up to the April 18 special election, which will see one of 18 candidates fill the seat of Rep. Tom Price.

The 6th district covers portions of northern DeKalb County including Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville, Tucker and Brookhaven.

Ossoff has endorsements from Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson as well as an estimated $2 million in funding from PAC End Citizens United and through the website Daily Kos.

The first ad, which debuted March 1, features clips of Ossoff in a Star Wars costume and footage of him as a member of a Georgetown singing group. The ad juxtaposes these clips with Ossoff touting experience as a national security staffer, which Ossoff states he received while working for Johnson in 2006.

“Jon Ossoff really wants you to think he’s ready to be in Congress,” states the ad’s narrator. “There’s just one problem. Ossoff wasn’t exactly fighting against terrorism, he was fighting against restrictions on keg parties. You see, Ossoff was just a college kid, doing things like dressing up with his drinking buddies and pretending to be Han Solo.”

The ad concludes by referring to Ossoff as “not honest, not serious, not ready.”

“Sorry Jonny,” the ad’s narrator states. “But the truth strikes back.”

A follow-up web-based ad was released March 2 by Better Georgia, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Athens. Better Georgia’s ad uses the same footage provided by Congressional Leadership Fund but repackages the Star Wars message in a more positive light.

The ad features the same footage used in the attack ads, but extended to include Ossoff’s comments on women’s’ rights and transparency in government.

“The GOP really want you to think that they’re not terrified of [Jon Ossoff],” the narrator states. “There’s just one problem: Jon Ossoff is fighting for women. Jon Ossoff is fighting for transparency. Jon Ossoff is fighting Trump. He’s also a huge Star Wars fan.”

The ad concludes by stating Ossoff is “honest, serious, so ready.”

“Sorry Trump Republicans,” the narrator states. “But District 6 has a new hope.”

In a statement, Johnson defended Ossoff and called the attack ads “absurd.”

“Jon spent five years working on National Security issues for me, and he worked on such sensitive programs that he received a top secret security clearance from the Department of Defense,” Johnson said. “Washington political operatives are coming into Georgia to spread false personal attacks — it’s what the American people are sick and tired of.”

Ossoff is one of five Democrats and 18 total candidates running for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The district was won by 24 points in 2012 by Mitt Romney and a single point by Donald Trump in November.

According to McClatchyDC, an independent Washington D.C.-based news source, though the 6th Congressional District hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1978, Trump is unpopular among many traditionally wealthy suburban Republican voters.

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