The millions of dollars Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised may have given him an early advantage in the race for Georgia’s open 6th District seat, but it’s also provided a convenient attack line for Republicans.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC endorsed by House GOP leadership, went to San Francisco to film its first advertisement of the runoff. The TV ad, which debuts Tuesday, is part of the group’s $6.5 million independent expenditure in the district.
It opens with a young woman in long pigtails wearing a “Pelosi/Ossoff” T-shirt. “Hi Georgia, San Francisco just wanted to say thank you,” she says. “We already have Nancy Pelosi as our congresswoman, now you’re going to give us Jon Ossoff as our congressman,” adds a young man in braided pigtails.
The ad draws attention to the out-of-state money that has boosted Ossoff. Of the more than $8 million he raised for the April 18 primary, 95 percent of donations were from outside of Georgia.
“Jon Ossoff’s out-of-touch, liberal agenda belongs with Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco, not Georgia’s sixth district,” Corry Bliss, the executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, said in a statement.
The most recent surveys of the June 20 runoff show a tight race, with Ossoff leading by just 1 or 2 points in internal Democratic polling. Meanwhile, some Republicans are expressing concern that Handel isn’t running as strong a campaign as she needs to against the 30-year-old candidate in a district that was barely carried by President Donald Trump last fall.
The Congressional Leadership Fund was on the ground in the district early, outpacing field efforts from either Handel’s campaign or the National Republican Congressional Committee. Ninety full-time door knockers are committing to knocking on 200,000 doors by June 20.