GOP group blasts Georgia Dem as Pelosi 'rubber-stamp'
The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a GOP super PAC with ties to House leadership, is out with a new ad targeting Democrat Jon Ossoff in this month’s special House election in Georgia.
CLF is one of the major players in the special election to fill the seat vacated by new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Republicans have long held the Georgia district, but Democrats have prioritized flipping the seat.
The new ad hammers Ossoff, predicting he’ll be a foot-soldier of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her “extreme agenda.” It also points out a recent report by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker that found that an Ossoff advertisement was “misleading” about how long he held top secret clearance as a congressional staffer.
“If you don’t like Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, you won’t like Jon Ossoff. Ossoff is dishonest and liberal, Ossoff inflated his resume to fool you, now Ossoff’s trying to hide his liberal values,” the new ad says.
“The truth is, Ossoff will rubber-stamp Pelosi’s extreme agenda: bigger government, more spending. Liberal Jon Ossoff, he’s with Pelosi, not us.”
The CLF, which has already put more than $2.2 million into television ads and a field program in the state, will air the ads on digital platforms such as Facebook and Google. The group made waves last month when it jumped into the race with an ad needling Ossoff with footage from a college party.
Price held the seat from 2005 to 2017, when he left Congress to join the administration, and a Democrat hasn’t held the seat since 1979. But Trump carried the reliably conservative district by just 1 percentage point on Election Day.
So far, Democrats have poured resources into the state in the hopes that an Ossoff victory can be spun as an early repudiation of the president’s agenda. Both parties have national operatives down in Georgia, with Democrats looking to boost Ossoff above the 50 percent threshold for him to win the jungle primary outright, while Republicans have not picked a favored candidate among the large field and are instead looking to force Ossoff into a one-on-one runoff.
Since Georgia runs open primaries, the top two candidates move on to a runoff unless one can win the majority outright in the primary.