Republicans target Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth with ‘Han Solo’ ad

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A Republican super PAC has unleashed a $1.1 million ad barrage against Jon Ossoff, a Democratic newcomer who is attracting national attention and a torrent of fundraising in his campaign to flip a conservative suburban Atlanta district.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by House GOP leaders, bought ad time running from Thursday to the April 18 special election to air a spot replete with clips of Ossoff, in a Star Wars costume, while a member of a Georgetown University singing group.

It is the clearest signal yet that Republicans are unnerved by the swirl of attention surrounding 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 race to replace Rep. Tom Price.

“It is sad that the hope of the Democratic Party rests on someone who has spent his adult life living outside of Georgia’s 6th district, inflating his experience, and playing dress-up with his buddies,” said Ruth Guerra, the group’s spokeswoman.

The ad takes aim at Ossoff’s assertion that he worked for five years as a national security staffer who held top security clearances.

Ossoff and his campaign said he was granted those privileges working for Johnson after his 2006 election, while the super PAC depicts him as a college student “dressing up with his drinking buddies” for part of that time.

In a statement, Johnson called the ad “absurd.”

“Jon spent five years working on National Security issues for me, and he worked on such sensitive programs that he received a top secret security clearance from the Department of Defense,” said the DeKalb Democrat. “Washington political operatives are coming into Georgia to spread false personal attacks – it’s what the American people are sick and tired of.”

Ossoff has quickly captured the imagination of Democrats hoping to notch an early victory against Donald Trump in one of the first Congressional elections in the nation since the Republican became president.

His campaign claims nearly $2 million in donations in less than two months, an almost unfathomable amount for a political newcomer. He has racked up celebrity support and a string of big-name endorsements. And national Democrats are pouring staff and resources into his race.

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 Tom Perez told reporters in Atlanta the party would invest in the race, which he said Democrats have a “real shot” to win.

Still, the odds are stacked deeply against Democrats in the 6th, a district that favored Trump by only one point but also routinely elected Price by huge margins. Several big-name Republicans are in the race, and they to deflate Ossoff’s numbers to guarantee an all-GOP runoff.

Guerra, the PAC official, hinted there was more to come.

“If you like Jon Ossoff playing Han Solo,” she said, “just wait until you see what we release next.”

More: Newcomer with war chest gives Democrats hope in Georgia’s 6th District

Here’s the transcript of the ad:

ANNCR: Jon Ossoff really wants you to think he’s ready to be in Congress.

OSSOFF: I’ve got 5 years experience as a national security staffer.

ANNCR: There’s just one problem. Ossoff wasn’t exactly fighting against terrorism…

…he was fighting against restrictions on keg parties.

 You see, Ossoff was just a college kid…

 …doing things like dressing up with his drinking buddies and pretending to be Han Solo.

 OSSOFF: “I’m Han Solo. Captain of the Millennium Falcon. She’s the baby who ran four kegs by DOPS in under 3 parsecs.”

 ANNCR: And here’s Ossoff and his college buddies making fun of Georgetown’s female students.

 OSSOFF: “Georgetown girl

 You know she’s living in her M Street world

 She never tires of her high-class toys.”

 ANNCR: Jon Ossoff: Not honest. Not serious. Not ready.

 Sorry, Jonny.

 But the Truth Strikes Back.

 Congressional Leadership Fund is responsible for the content of this advertising.

Reader Comments 7

36 comments
Garret M. Russo
Garret M. Russo

Sorry to say but the dems have no chance in the 6th especially running a clown like that against the likes of Handel or Gray

Dave Lyon
Dave Lyon

Forget about Cosplay and the other BS Just research Ossoff Big "For the People" guy but like most milk and cookie white bread radicals, just another little white rich kid with his Ivy League mommy and daddy paid for background. One would think by his bio that he was on Seal Team 6 in the heart of the armpit, instead he was just a gopher in DC. As a veteran I just had a WTF moment while reading this. His funding is coming from fringe groups like Kos, Huff, and Soros . Nothing but another puppet for the radical left. Just watching everything anymore just makes one twinge. Guys like this on the left, pantywaist corruption on the right, and Biff from Back to the future II running the show. All in all for the sixth do you want Georgia represented or someone who would rather see Georgia be the next California? Rant over, Roger out!\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

The ad just makes the Republicans who put it out look like jerks. He wasn't doing anything wrong in that video, he was having fun. I guess they think that having a good time is something to be ashamed of. Also, they must be pretty out of touch with the people in the 6th district if they think painting someone as a nerd is going a hurt them in north Atlanta. A lot of voters in their 20s and 30s are going see that and think it looks like fun. Fortunately, this ridiculous ad has brought a lot of attention to Jon Ossoff's campaign, and not the kind they intended. I bet a lot of people will want to donate to his campaign now that they know he has Republicans so desperate that they'd embarrass themselves with such a misguided attempt at smearing him.

Alex Hoff
Alex Hoff

Had no idea who he was until now.

Adam Levenstein
Adam Levenstein

Is there a dumber political move than attacking someone's nerd cred in the hometown of DragonCon?

Cyn Peterson
Cyn Peterson

Cool! Let the morons disparage Ossofff's Cosplay, they only hurt themselves! LOL

Luanne West
Luanne West

I just donated to his campaign. He is intelligent, earnest and confident. May the force be with him!! (We sure as heck need sane people in DC)

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

Oh look! The Republicans caught a guy having fun.

Tracy Thomason
Tracy Thomason

Rooting for you Mr. Ossoff! Many prayers and good wishes for you and you family as you hopefully take this campaign to the winning circle!

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

They don't know that just makes him more of a hero to millenials.

David Ross
David Ross

yeah, that's the problem. A "hero" in today's mind is some goober with socialist tendencies who plays dress up.

Arthur W Hinson
Arthur W Hinson

He seems well balanced to me in the videos which is exactly what is needed in Congress.

JFitzgerald Myers
JFitzgerald Myers

Probably will be President one day. The American electorate is so gullible and dumb. My proof: President Donald Trump

Shelley Kersey
Shelley Kersey

Not embarrassing. It was a horribly done and stupid ad that sounded more like something from TMZ. They should be embarrassed for making the ad.

Brian Brinker
Brian Brinker

I really don't see how this is embarrassing.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

This is what to expect from the " Gubmint doesn't work " faction. Anything to make sure, "Gubmint doesn't work ".

VDG
VDG

It's looking hopeful if this is the best the GOP can do with a million + $$ 

eulb
eulb

I hope Ossoff's supporters will resist the temptation to respond in kind.  Name-calling, mockery, and insults worked for Trump, but it's still wrong.  I hope Ossoff and his supporters never stoop to that level. 

Chloecake
Chloecake

Ossoff's antics as a college student are considerably better then Price's as a congressman. As a fully matured adult Price still lacked ethics and certainly didn't represent any values beyond protecting his and his buddies "entitlements." Other doctors in mass gave him a zero rating for his voting record on reproductive rights, protection of the environment, civil rights, etc. etc. Yet he grew rich from his "insider information" while in congress. Now there's a solidly republican value we don't need.

KYRands
KYRands

great ad. Makes me like him all the more because he is real person who I know supports the issues I care about and guess what, his vote on the hill counts just as much as the repubs that don't listen, want to take away so many different peoples hard fought rights, defund public education, ignore science and destroy our waters, skies, and natural resources, against family planning, and are afraid to meet with their constituents.

Evidence, please
Evidence, please

I'm not understanding the argument that since he was able to balance a demanding internship with school and extracurricular activities, he's somehow unfit for office. That's actually a great skill for political office.

Top secret security clearances are no joke, and they're not handed out widely or lightly. I think this ad shows how afraid Republicans are of this race.

leo315
leo315

That reminds me: I'm making a contribution to Jon today.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

This guy never had a chance from the word, "Go." The left thinks that this district is in play and quite honestly, it never has been in play. They are wasting time. Plus, this is an immature, inexperienced lefty documentary 'filmmaker' like that anti-American slimeball Michael Moore. 


With those FACTS laid out here on this lefty blog, let's get a number of this straight because The Truth needs to be written here. This is a solidly Republican district that NEEDS to be run by a real conservative Republican who WILL fight for the complete repeal and replacement of Hussein Obama's illegal, failed health care scheme. There are so many good Republican candidates in this field, Bill here has no idea who He would choose from so, Bill here is glad He is not living in GA's 6th. 


Amen, Bill 

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Lord help us if they would ever compare the platforms of each candidate instead of just voting for a repub or dem. Remember repubs....party over country! Tax cuts for the rich! Oh and I guess now that Trump is in office, the deficit doesn't matter!

Will Handel remember who she works for? She didn't know when she worked at Planned Parenthood!

theflock
theflock

I prefer Hans Solo to another Republican who has been compromised by the Russians. No honor among the Republican Congress.

docschloss
docschloss

I wonder,like his promoter and mentor Hank Johnson thinks that Guam will tip over if the population increases any further.

(Have a look on u tube)

NotNowNotThen
NotNowNotThen

I thought Ossoff was an adorable college student.

aheadabove
aheadabove

He would be a lot better than that idiot Tom Price.

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