Republicans hit Jon Ossoff again over ‘Han Solo’ moment

A Republican super PAC hit Democrat Jon Ossoff again over his “Han Solo” moment, unveiling a second ad as part of a $1.1 million barrage to hamper his campaign for a conservative suburban Atlanta district.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by House GOP leaders, for the second time produced an ad featuring footage of Ossoff dressed as the Star Wars character while a member of a Georgetown University singing group.

Ossoff supporters sought to embrace the last Star Wars-themed attack ad and the candidate has tweeted pictures of himself across the Sixth District, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb, with supporters in Han Solo gear. But this ad is a clear indication that Republicans believe the footage is working.

The odds are stacked deeply against Democrats in the 6th, a district that favored Donald Trump by only one point but also routinely elected Rep. Tom Price, who is now the president’s health secretary, by huge margins. Several big-name Republicans are in the race, and they hope to deflate Ossoff’s numbers to guarantee an all-GOP runoff.

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

The ad opens with Ossoff’s own ad, saying “Imagine you had 30 seconds to make a life or death decision.” Then it promptly switches to footage of him playing a drinking game with another Star Wars character.

“Would you really want this guy making those decisions for your family?” an incredulous-sounding narrator asks.

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It also claims Ossoff “lied about his resume,” a reference to his 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 Rep. Hank Johnson after his 2006 election. The GOP super PAC said he’s claiming time spent as a junior staffer as part of that calculation.

In a statement, Johnson called the claims “absurd” and said Ossoff “worked on such sensitive programs that he received a top secret security clearance from the Department of Defense.”

“Washington political operatives are coming into Georgia to spread false personal attacks – it’s what the American people are sick and tired of,” Johnson added.

Hardly known in Georgia political circles until January, Ossoff has shaken up the wide-open race to succeed Price. The field includes 11 Republicans, five Democrats and two independents – all who will be on the same April 18 ballot. The top two finishers, regardless of party, will square off in a June 20 runoff.

 


 

Ossoff’s campaign claims roughly $3 million in donations in about two months, which he has used to finance a trio of his own ads. He has racked up celebrity support and a string of big-name endorsements. And national Democrats are pouring staff and resources into his race.

Republican candidates aren’t sitting still. This week, several of the highest-profile GOP candidates debuted their own ads.

We’ve seen braying donkeys, harrumphing elephantsmuck shovelers and an ad featuring a Trump supporter in a swamp wielding a diesel-powered, industrial strength water pump. Another candidate unveiled a slogan meant to worm into Sixth District voters’ minds: “Take the Hill, Hill.”

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Here’s the script:

JON OSSOFF: Imagine you had 30 seconds to make a life or death decision…

ANNCR: Would you really want THIS GUY making those decisions for your family?

JON OSSOFF: I’m Han Solo, Captain of the Millennium Falcon. 

ANNCR: Jon Ossoff lied about his resume. And at a time where America needs serious, honest leadership, Jon Ossoff fails the test.

Not honest.
Not serious.
Not ready.

 

Reader Comments 1

12 comments
Nelle E.
Nelle E.

We need a smart young man like Ossoff representing us in Congress! He will bring a passion for fair play, health care, public education, care for our environment and international relations to a House that is already too filled with conservative old republicans whose priorities have very little to do with what is good for most people. Make sure you haven't been thrown off the registration roles and then get out and vote for Jon Ossoff!


MLD6861
MLD6861

If this is the worst they can say about him (and you know it's very slanted) he must be a real threat.  GOOD.  We need some young blood in the congress.

FlaTony
FlaTony

If I lived in that district I would vote for him just because he dressed up like Han Solo. Celebrating a noted character from one of the defining movies of our time is certainly not a sign of immaturity. However, attacking someone in this ad hominem fashion certainly shows just how out of touch with reality the republican leaders are.

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hbx76674

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FGBLynn
FGBLynn

This guys credentials don't come close to the quality, skills, and maturity of Tom Price.  We need someone with the experience and maturity to truly be effective in Washington.  Jon Ossoff is not that person.

mqdq
mqdq

This pathetic ad shows how scared the GOP is. Any of the Dems would be so much better than all of the Republicans, who will be nothing but a rubber stamp for Trump. Believe me. 

theflock
theflock

Time to replace the old gray-haired dinosaurs in Washington and I think Hans Solo is an excellent choice.

mgunter
mgunter

Dems bench is pretty weak.......first Hillary and now this weenie ? Bahahaha

gsflesher
gsflesher

Sounds like same old BS from republicans.  Now that the USA has gone to the "dark side" we need Hans Solo more than ever.  May the force be with him!

nytimes43
nytimes43

If he is getting all this attention, the republicans must be worried.

Also, he was a college student when this tape was made.  At least he wasn't grabbing women in inappropriate places and then bragging about it.

HotDawg
HotDawg

More proof of immaturity and the dumbing down of America.

Dems are idiots.

pubby
pubby

@HotDawg  Anyone who voted for Trump can not, by definition, distinguish between maturity from immaturity in any man.

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