Remember Jon Ossoff? In 2017, the Democrats thought he was just the ticket to turn Georgia’s suburban 6th congressional district blue, and they poured around $30 million into his special election contest against Karen Handel.
All that money went to waste when Handel won. (It took the Republicans’ failure to mount a decent suburban ground game in Georgia in 2018 to turn the district, as Lucy McBath defeated Handel in the regular election.)
The vapid Ossoff – think a less embarrassing Beto O’Rourke – is now aiming higher and challenging David Perdue in Georgia’s 2020 Senate race, and the GOP isn’t looking past this opportunity to troll Ossoff.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has purchased the domain JonOssoff.com and pointed it to a Washington Examiner article that questions the credentials that Ossoff claims.
As Fox News reports:
The NRSC said it would continue to maintain the website throughout Ossoff’s run.
“JonOssoff.com will have all the details about Jon Ossoff’s resume,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Nathan Brand told Fox News. “Since Ossoff is a serial resume inflator, voters will need a good source for all the news about Ossoff’s misleading claims and left-wing views.”
Perhaps the most glaring example is Ossoff’s claim of possessing five years’ experience with top-secret national security clearance. Ossoff did receive the security clearance, but only about six years after he claimed he received it. Even the Washington Post’s fact checker has called Ossoff’s claims misleading.
Will the GOP’s gamble work? Probably. Ossoff doesn’t have much credibility with Georgia voters, especially in light of the fact that the bulk of his financial support came from outside the state, and he actually lived outside the district during the 2017 race.
Purdue doesn’t necessarily have a smooth road to reelection, but chances are he could fend of Ossoff if he makes it past the primary.