Ossoff hopes to recapture the enthusiasm from his failed congressional run in 2017. But first, he has to win the Democratic primary.
Documentary filmmaker and former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff announced his candidacy for Senate in 2020 to challenge incumbent Republican David Perdue.
Ossoff became a Democratic wonderboy in 2017 when he ran in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Republican Karen Handel defeated him, 51.8% to 48.2%.
Tomorrow, we’ll make it official.
I’m running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia!
In times like these, we are all called to stand up and fight.
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) September 10, 2019
Ossoff took the political world by storm in 2017 by giving Handel a run for her money in the Republican stronghold district. Handel had to bring in President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to campaign for her.
AJC wrote that the national spotlight on “the race contributed to his downfall.” Handel portrayed him as a puppet for then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and attacked him in ads for not living in the district.
Ossoff believes he can recapture that enthusiasm. He has already captured a ringing endorsement from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who said the filmmaker “sparked a flame that is burning brighter than ever.” He vowed to help Ossoff win the seat.
Ossoff spoke to The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) on Monday:
The Democrat told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he would “raise a grassroots army unlike any this state has ever seen” by expanding the network of supporters who helped him raise roughly $30 million in a 2017 special election he narrowly lost.
“We have squandered trillions on endless war. We have squandered trillions on bailouts for failed banks. We have squandered trillions on tax cuts for wealthy donors. Then we’re told there’s nothing left over for the people,” he said, adding: “The corruption must be rooted out. And Sen. David Perdue is a caricature of Washington corruption.”
Four Democrats have thrown their hats into the race against Perdue: Ossoff, 2018 Lt. Gov. nominee Sarah Riggs Amico, Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, and former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.
On August 28, Georgia Republican Sen. Jonny Isakson announced he planned to step down at the end of 2019 due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Ossoff chose to challenge Perdue instead of running for Isakson’s seat:
He said he chose to run against Perdue rather than compete for the soon-to-be-vacated seat held by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down at year’s end for health reasons, because Perdue “is one of the least effective and most out-of-touch members of the U.S. Senate.”
“We’re in a state where one in three rural children live in poverty, where we have the worst maternal mortality in the entire country, and in a half a decade, this guy hasn’t come down from his private island to do a single town hall meeting,” Ossoff said. “He hands out favors to his donors. He runs errands for the president.”
Ossoff has embraced the far-left ideology of the Democratic Party. He wants health insurance for everyone and “tuition-free higher education programs.”
He also views “Georgia as the ‘front line in defense of choice.'” The Republican support for bills that limit the murder of an unborn human “infuriated” Ossoff and his wife Alisha. His wife, believe it or not, is an OG/GYN resident at Emory University.
Yeah, I also do not understand how an OB/GYN could ever support abortion considering they see the proof of life right in front of them every single day.
History is not on the Democrat’s side. Georgia has not elected a Democratic senator in two decades.
A sping AJC poll found 47% of voters have a favorable attitude towards Perdue. Only 25% chose unfavorably.DONATE
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