In the heated, expensive, and thoroughly annoying race for Georgia’s 6th district seat in Congress, one of the biggest sticking points is the fact that Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lives outside of the district, preferring to shack up with his fiancee in the reliably liberal 5th district rather than in the more conservative 6th.
Ossoff has taken plenty of heat from the right for his choice to live outside the district where he’s running, but on Friday, he faced some criticism from a surprising source: MSNBC.
Appearing on the Velshi & Ruhle program (no, I’ve never heard of it either), Ossoff took a question that suggested that his residency may have a negative effect on the campaign.
“You are not able to vote because you don’t live in the district,” Ruhle said to Ossoff, noting that the candidate cannot vote for himself because of his residency. “I understand that you don’t live in the district. You live where your fiancee, your girlfriend, is because you’re supporting her; she is in medical school. Why don’t you move at this point?”
“You want to get this job. To me it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal,” Ruhle added.
“As you know, Stephanie, I grew up in the district, and Alisha [Kramer] walks to work at the hospital every morning at 4:00 a.m. for her medical shifts, her shifts at the hospital,” Ossoff responded.
“I’m proud to be supporting her career even if I take a little political heat for it,” he said.
Ossoff went on to explain that, once his fiancee finished medical school, they will move into the 6th district, where he repeatedly told the hosts he “grew up.”
Check out the entire exchange here:
Will his residency outside the 6th district really make a difference in the outcome? Will it give Handel’s supporters reason to turn out? Does it matter to Democrats at all? I guess we’ll find out as Tuesday’s results come in. Stay tuned.