Ossoff’s Democratic rivals vow he won’t get ‘coronation’ in Georgia Sixth

Jon Ossoff stands with other Democrats in the race for Georgia’s Sixth District. Screen shot.

Jon Ossoff has soaked up the lion’s share of Democratic attention in the race for Georgia’s Sixth District. He claims to have raised more than $3 million in campaign cash across the nation, has attracted the interest of national Democratic groups and has fast become the target of Republicans in the race.

Which is to say the other four Democrats in the April 18 special election are none too happy about what one calls the “coronation” of the 30-year-old former Congressional aide.

“This is not going to be a coronation. You have to earn it,” said former state Sen. Ron Slotin. “He stands no chance against a Republican in the runoff. And that’s what I’m letting people know. The party shouldn’t pick favorites.”

 


 

He and the other three lesser-known Democrats in the race gathered over the weekend at Andretti’s in Roswell with Ossoff for a forum sponsored by the Needles in a HayStack group to make the case why the party should rally around them.

Ragin Edwards, an east Cobb sales manager, told the crowd to give her a chance and “I promise I will make you proud.”

Rebecca Quigg, a physician, focused her pitch on safeguarding the Affordable Care Act. “We need a doctor in the House who cares about the patients, and who is knowledgeable about the law,” she said.

And Richard Keatley, a college professor from Tucker and U.S. Navy veteran, said he will be the “independent voice” who will not be beholden to special interests. “I’m used to being the odd man in the room,” he said. “I’m the first officer in a long line of sailors, and I know how to rock the boat.”

It was Slotin, though, with the sharpest attacks aimed at Ossoff.

He slammed the Democratic National Committee for pledging to pour resources into the race – ostensibly to help Ossoff – and assailed DailyKos, the left-leaning website, for raising more than $1.1 million for Ossoff’s campaign. He called them Washington insiders “who don’t know anything about the district.”

Slotin also criticized Ossoff for “not having a business in the United States,” a reference to his London-based investigative film company. He was booed by crowdmembers when he asked Ossoff about a delay in filing financial disclosures; the campaign has requested extensions and is set to submit them this week.

A straw poll conducted after the question-and-answer session showed the audience of roughly 400 had picked a clear favorite.

About three-quarters of the votes went to Ossoff and Keatley received about 10 percent. Quigg, Slotin and Edwards split the remaining 16 percent of the vote. After the vote, the group endorsed Ossoff and said it would work to help him win the race, “ideally on the first ballot.”

The five Democrats will appear with 11 Republicans and two independents on the April 18 ballot, and the top two vote-getters – regardless of party – will square off in a June 20 runoff.

Spanning from east Cobb to north DeKalb, the district has been in Republican hands since the 1970s, but Donald Trump’s struggles in the area have given Democrats hope they can flip the seat.

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57 comments
Michael Joyce
Michael Joyce

i think poeople are fed up with republican LIES .

Deborah Hill
Deborah Hill

Ossoff is the fave.... don't waste your time you other guys.

Dan Oakley
Dan Oakley

That's what they said about drumpf.

Asya Love
Asya Love

He has my support for the Sixth District. It appears he has the support of most of my neighbors, his signs are everywhere!

Carl Reitz
Carl Reitz

He is a snot nose that all I have heard is insults from about Our President .. Anyone that votes for this idiot is a Bigger idiot than he is ..

Terry L Wagnon
Terry L Wagnon

He has a better chance than any other of them. People will Vote for a younger person over an older person after what we have had in Office. Time for some new young blood.

Cecelia Landress
Cecelia Landress

Younger is not always the best idea. Would not vote for him. Listen to his words.

Tom DeSimone
Tom DeSimone

Umm, isn't that EXACTLY what parties are for? Picking favorites?

Emil Walcek
Emil Walcek

Great messaging. He's got my vote. We need a blue in DC!

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

Nobody else is up on TV yet. Just him and Moody. TV is important in a crowded primary where nobody has name recognition.

Patricia Baker Charles
Patricia Baker Charles

Since they took the whitehouse, they are really showing how vicious they really are. Using Trump's intimidating tactics. They might be in for a surprise?

Justin Schuetz
Justin Schuetz

You know this headline keeps coming up but in recent democratic candidate forum, he won a straw poll with about 75% of the vote.

Dale Hardy
Dale Hardy

Conservatives tired of lying liberal elites. So, because you are a Democrat, you expect a Coronation! Really! When media elected a Muslim Barack Hussein Obama as the next Messiah/ President, conservatives said, enough. So no more Democrat messiahs!

Daniel Eason
Daniel Eason

You clearly don't understand the article.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

What did the Conservative Revolution conservative conserve?

Carolyn McLemore Payton
Carolyn McLemore Payton

We are all Americans before we are republican or democrat. With that being said we should all vote to keep our country safe, for law and order, for job, for peace of mind without having to worry about attacks everytime we leave our homes. For the safety of women, our children, sons and daughters . Paying down the deficit for our country. Just please think about our future as a country. The United States of America with our laws and freedom, not sharia law.

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

Kevin Kitchen , it's true. The America that inner city blacks and latinos experience is very different from the one you do. We call them both Americans but one group is oppressed and one is aided and abetted by the white supremacist patriarchy.

Josie Redwine
Josie Redwine

You are an idiot. The Republicans are imposing the "Christian" form of Sharia law in their ungodly treatment of immigrants, the poor, and other religions. You need some Amazing Grace because you are blind.

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin Kitchen

No. We aren't "all Americans". Let's not even pretend we are.

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

We should never live in fear and never allow demagogues to manipulate fear and loathing to further their own greedy agenda

Wayne Tyson
Wayne Tyson

Spoken like a true trump supporter, bully and demonize the undocumented worker so you can instill your policies of fear and hate which are the real threats to our democracy.

Tom DeSimone
Tom DeSimone

Can you name one city, county or state where sharia law has been adopted? I'll save you the time. The answer is zero.

Connor Dylan
Connor Dylan

So the state party won't pick a candidate to back because they want to "defer to the voters", yet the DCCC has no problem wading in and deciding for us. What does the average Democratic voter in GA stand to gain from the party? Nothing. The DNC has persistently shown they won't engage GA unless they have to, and even then, only on the basis that they can micromanage.

Connor Dylan
Connor Dylan

Thanks a lot. Are you a big Spanish civil war buff as well?

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

DNC.. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.

John Woods
John Woods

Julie Heitzenrater Duval: Ossoff is nothing more than another American Hating Commie wrapped up in propaganda to make all of you Useful Idiots feel good...It's all about the emotions with you Dupes...

Jermal Riggins
Jermal Riggins

Why do you believe he's hates America and is a communist?

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Julie Heitzenrater Duval Vietnam vet come see

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

Look Democrats, what should your common goal here? To vote out a republican? Well, heck yes! All of you pull together and remember what the goal is. This attitude shown here is just what the republicans want, division. Pull together for a change!

Sally Williams
Sally Williams

At least the democrats seem to understand that socialism and communism aren't interchangeable.

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

I wish I lived there instead of elsewhere in GA, I would be out there kicking all of you in the rear. Get it together, people!

John Woods
John Woods

You Useful Idiot Democrats have a common Goal...Socialism...Because Communism is the Goal of Socialism...So says one of your Idols...Comrade Lenin...

Patricia Baker Charles
Patricia Baker Charles

There will be no pulling together when the GOP Condones every corrupt and mentally sick thing Trump Does!

Patricia Baker Charles
Patricia Baker Charles

Mr. Wood you must want a dictatorship because you sure don't want a democracy if you are a Trump puppet.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

You mean like George Soros and his puppetts, Obama and Hillary did in the General election. HIring protester and paying them and paying for buses to bus them in., Will this be going on in GA. I wouldn't doubt it one bit. In your search bar type in George Soros Protest, And he sure doesn't mind funneling money into the elections., Thanks, but no thanks. I want no part of it or a third world Country. Just what George wants a Country divided. United we stand divided we fall.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Sally Williams One and the same. If you can keep people depending on the Government, you can hold them down and keep them where you want them.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Christopher Channell Wish more people felt this way,. I like to do my own research and not listen to ANY MEDIA. And I sure don't like the way the democrat party is headed. I was a democrat but changed to Republican and never looked back and never will. I do know who George Soros is and I know who he is supporting . I am not willing to be in a third world Country nor do I want that for my Children and Grandchildren. My life span is about over, Can't say that I am sorry. But I do worry about what will be left behind for my family

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Hillary Clinton embraces George Soros' 'radical' vision of open... www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/20/hillary-clinton-emb... Oct 20, 2016 ... Hillary Clinton has aligned herself closely with a vision for America laid ... absorbed Mr. Soros' grand plan for the world, a blueprint that hangs ...

Sally Williams
Sally Williams

Like it or not Liz some people do need a hand up, I'm glad you have never needed help but many of your fellow citizens do sometimes, often through no fault of their own and good people are happy to help.

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

I refuse to pull together with a party that is dismantling protections for our beautiful earth so that industries can make more money and not have to clean up their foul messes. It's an abomination of biblical proportions.

Deborah Hill
Deborah Hill

John Woods Bannon is the Lenin guy-the Dems are social Dems--many are anyway.