Democratic reinforcements are headed to Tom Price’s turf

Democrat Jon Ossoff greets voters in Dunwoody. AJC/Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jon Ossoff greets voters in Dunwoody. AJC/Greg Bluestein

National Democratic heavyweights are ready to pour significant funding into the conservative suburban Atlanta district that’s been in Republican control for decades, the latest sign of how Donald Trump’s election is scrambling the race to replace Rep. Tom Price.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is poised to pay for nine field staffers to organize on-the-ground efforts in the district, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb. And Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile told reporters in Atlanta the party would invest in the race.

The Democratic Party of Georgia is also preparing to make its own push to “deliver the White House its first electoral defeat.”

“The outpouring of support from across the nation has been truly inspiring,” said Michael Smith, the party’s spokesman. “The state party will not squander this moment and has already tapped in to this energy to begin our outreach and mobilization efforts.

 


 

Much of the energy is focused around Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who has the support of Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson. He is one of five Democrats, and 18 candidates overall, in the wide-open April 18 runoff to replace Price.

He’s also fast become a darling of Democratic fundraising efforts. He entered the race in January with $250,000 in financial commitments, and the left-leaning DailyKos site has helped him raise nearly $1 million more.

Yet he is far from guaranteed from even landing a spot in the June 20 runoff. Several high-profile Republicans with deep pockets and formidable campaign networks are in the running, and both national parties see the contest as a dry run for the messages that could dominate the 2018 election.

For Republicans, the biggest debate might be how aggressively to embrace Trump in a district that he carried by just 1 point in November. Candidates range from Trump loyalists to establishment-friendly politicians who hardly mention his name and play up their independence from his White House.

GOP groups are preparing their own reinforcements. The National Republican Congressional Committee sent a fundraising appeal to supporters Thursday on the 6th District. The message:

“Bring it on. We’re ready for the fight.

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Robert Head
Robert Head

Oh, we will be watching voting location for the rules you break to. And be assured the ballots will also be watched very carefully as well.

Robert Head
Robert Head

Georgians aren't going Democrat they hate their shitty policies. Spend all you want it's not going to happen..

Steve Britt
Steve Britt

Call them what they are. "COMMUNIST" Their use to be a Democrat party. Now it's the communist party hiding under another name.

Connie White
Connie White

Republicans in office is the only way to keep from destroying America...moonbeam Jerry Brown is the perfect example of why republican.

Rhonda Chambers
Rhonda Chambers

After the last month of total disasters I think all 50 states are!

Michael Ferrari
Michael Ferrari

And they will lose yet again...with the crap they pull the majority of people are fed up with and aware of their true intentions...

Michael Ferrari
Michael Ferrari

Want to bet??? What about more than 7 million fraudulent votes Cast for her badness??? You are such a fool and troll. Quit drinking the libturd Kool Aid.

Rhonda Chambers
Rhonda Chambers

The majority is not you, the majority voted against trump, they only gave him the Electoral votes, because they need a fool to do what they want, because Romney, Bush or any other sensible person would of never let them use the hell out of them!

David K Wilson
David K Wilson

Money works sometimes.. Didnt for Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. I hope the Dems are defeated once again.

Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

I think the Muslim should lead the DNC......that's as far left as you can get.......

Rod Miller
Rod Miller

Just like with Hillary, spending resources in a reliably red state ... wasting that Soros $$$

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

No chance the people in that district will get stupid

Melissa Salas Blair
Melissa Salas Blair

Plan big and it's just tossing money? Smh. Won't work.... Coalitions. Grassroots. Feedback loops between data and ground folks. And, more.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

David Brooks syndicated Columnist Wall Street Journal reported Russian flags waiving at CPAC. What did the Conservative Revolution conserve?

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

More of Fact Free Regularly scheduled " "Programming " that got US Here

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

I stand corrected Brooks writes Conservative op eds for the New York Times.

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

You are either a failure as a comic or simply a liar

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

If there was 1 Russian Flag waving , it would be more than there were US Flags at the DNC Convention Last Year ! :-)

Shea Chamberlain
Shea Chamberlain

You don't buy votes. You show how you actually care for the voters. That means, don't infringe on their rights to give others special rights.

Shea Chamberlain
Shea Chamberlain

There's a good tinfoil hat conspiracy. I didn't even mention anything about Trump but you automatically went to it. Nice. Btw, I'm not a Trump supporter. I believe everyone's rights are just as important as mine. So that definitely disqualifies me to be a democrat.

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

The circus is coming! The circus is coming! Freaks, clowns, weirdos, crybabies, and lunatics. Free admission. For your disbelief and laughter. Hollyweird loons in attendance for your shocked disgust.

Rod Miller
Rod Miller

Good job as usual irritating the Soros trolls, Monte \U0001f44d\U0001f3fb

Rod Miller
Rod Miller

Says some libtard who hates the South

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

It's a turf war, peeps......who we gonna vote for?

Christopher Chacko
Christopher Chacko

Yeah not gonna happen. The only reason it even got this close is the repubs in GA didnt vote for trump.

Christopher Chacko
Christopher Chacko

Yeah not gonna happen. The only reason it even got this close is the repubs in GA didnt vote for trump.

Debbie Britto Boyd
Debbie Britto Boyd

Anything is possible. I remember my 7th grade English teacher said we'd never have a Black President.....wrong! ANYTHING is possible. ...don't forget that!

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

At this point, the democrats have no heavyweights. Campaign funds mean nothing; Hillary proved that.