New $1.1M ad blitz targets ‘rubber-stamp’ Ossoff in Georgia special election

A screenshot for a new attack ad targeting Jon Ossoff.

A Republican super PAC is pumping another $1.1 million into a new round of attack ads in Georgia’s special election targeting Democrat Jon Ossoff, this time depicting him as a “rubber-stamp for a liberal agenda.”

It was the third ad released by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by House GOP leaders, and the latest sign that Republicans are serious about combating the 30-year-old former Congressional aide. All told, the organization has spent about $2.2 million on anti-Ossoff ads.

This time, the group steered clear of the Star Wars-themed attack ad that used footage from his time at a Georgetown University troupe. While those ads will continue to run, this focused on tried-and-true themes tying Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who hosted a fundraiser for him in Washington last week.

“The myth of Jon Ossoff is based upon one thing and one thing only: he’s had a 7.5 to 1 spending advantage,” said Courtney Alexander, a spokeswoman for the super PAC. “And today that changes.”

With more than $3 million in campaign cash, Ossoff has transformed what could have been a sleepy race to represent a solidly-conservative suburban Atlanta district into an all-out battle to win the most competitive Congressional contest since Donald Trump’s election.

His “Make Trump Furious” campaign has attracted national attention in what could be a first test of Trump’s popularity. And though he faces steep odds in the district, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb, most Republicans now concede he could be the top vote-getter in the April 18 election.

Ossoff, meanwhile, has talked of clearing a majority of the vote and avoiding a June 20 runoff against the other top finalist. That seems unlikely, given the demographics of the district: It has been in GOP hands since Jimmy Carter’s era, although Trump only won it by 1 point in November.

Ossoff’s opponents have also increasingly targeted him as he rises in the few scattered polls to surface, with Republicans casting him as an inexperienced liberal and Democrats rejecting a “coronation” of a newcomer barely known in the district before he announced his candidacy.

The GOP super PAC said it’s stepping up its attacks because Ossoff has largely had the airwaves to himself. There are 11 Republicans in the race, but only a handful have enough campaign cash to launch ads, and those are focused largely on introducing themselves to the district.

Ossoff campaign spokesman Andy Phelan dismissed the attack.

“This smear attack is nothing more than dirty politics and shows why Georgia needs a strong, independent leader like Jon Ossoff in Congress to focus on creating jobs and growing Atlanta’s economy,” he said.

Republican strategists say they have little hope of blocking him from landing in the runoff, but contend a sustained blitz could deal hamper his numbers into the summer contest – or force him to up his spending to counter the wave of negative attacks.

See the GOP ad for yourself:

And here’s the transcript:

Jon Ossoff tried to fool you by inflating his resume. Now, he’s using dishonest ads to hide his liberal values.

The truth is Nancy Pelosi’s friends are bankrolling Ossoff’s campaign because Ossoff will rubber-stamp her liberal agenda.

Higher taxes on the middle class. Job-destroying regulations. Billions in new spending.

Don’t be fooled. Liberal Jon Ossoff is a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s agenda.

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Mike Barnes
Mike Barnes

Last damn thing we need is another republican in Congress!

Kirby Lile
Kirby Lile

Millions and millions and millions of dollars spent ... about the other side! Says a lot.

Sue Anne Morgan
Sue Anne Morgan

They have nothing of merit to focus on for themselves, so they pay for a smear campaign against their competition. Typical GOP. We don't buy that BS.

John Woods
John Woods

On the Table of Idiots...Ossoff is a sub-element of the Densest Substance known to Man...That of Pelosium...

Lexa King
Lexa King

I guess they're scared. That's a good sign.

Ellie Gratz
Ellie Gratz

If anyone was rubber stamped it was Judson Hill, who is a proud active member of ALEC, bidding their every objective rather than the need of Georgians. Look up ALEC and their sinister agenda to make all states uniform. That is rubber stamping. That is who Republican politicians are beholden to.

Harold Moore
Harold Moore

So WHAT!!!....it seems to me that so one is scared...this up coming vote is the NEW BEGINING

Another comment
Another comment

The faux Repeal and Replace was an epic fail. It is time to get rid of these old white men, who have demonstrated that they are only answering to the Rich. Their Repeal and Replace shrade was so bad it fooled no one. Americans want real healthcare with real coverage, yes boys you must pay for Maternity care and Children. We are not barefoot and pregnant. You are not closing planned parenthood. Women do not want to reverse the 1974 court decision just like you all still want to play Gunsmoke.

Registered American
Registered American

Rubber stamp? How about the Republican Party acting as a block to a) deny the clear and present danger of global climate change? or b) destroy 200+ years of international good will by nominating a dangerous, ignorant blowhard to represent us? or c) dismantling the entire public service sector of government, which provides low-cost essential services like public schools, health, science, transporation that makes life demonstrably better for all of us? The Republicans and their Liar-in-Chief are turning America into Pottersville. Jon Ossoff is a smart, energetic young local man who'll work to turn back this vicious, racist, anti-democratic tide. He's clearly not just the best choice but desperately needed. 

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

Class act you are, ethnic slurs are becoming of you.

Warren Winter
Warren Winter

Better a rubber stamp Dem than another rubber stamp, people hating, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, Republican.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Why can't they come up with POSITIVE informative ads for whomever they choose? All of Ossoff's ads have been positive and informative. Their ads are all attack attack. The first was the embarrassing "He dressed up as Hans Solo in college with his drinking buddies!" So a dude had some drinks and had fun in college. Don't we all? You know you have nothing on somebody when these are the ads.

Lexa King
Lexa King

At least he wasn't dreaming if repealing Medicaid in college the way Ryan and his buddies were.

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

All this just means that Ossoff will have to "go higher" while the Republican rivals will just have to go "lower and lower." This election must go to him. We've enough selfishness in D.C. We don't need to lose this seat to a Republican.

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

What do all these tired old democratic phrases mean? Lose at all costs??

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

Integrity, Larry Clark, in the Congress. Is this new to you?

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

Yes, it was poor grammar and needed to be corrected. I was able to correct it. Thank you. However, I'm still laughing at you calling me such a name! You're a hoot! I hope you're registered to vote with all that chutzpah! lol

Ken Schwartz
Ken Schwartz

Is that the best the Rethglicans have to offer?

John Woods
John Woods

Ossoff is the greatest threat to our Freedoms, rights and Liberties in GA-6...

John Woods
John Woods

Nolan Teter: Terse words have always been the purview of the intellectually challenged...

John Woods
John Woods

Nolan Teter: Only because you have been inculcated to worship false governance from those that would burden you with the yoke of communism...The pathetic part is that you are not even aware of and deny the deception...Stalin coined a phrase for people like you: Useful Idiot...

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

I see that the Democrats are still Butt Hurting. Try some Russian Salad Dressing to sooth the Butt hurt. LMFAO

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

GOP must be kidding. The group of republican representatives we currently have in congress controls the rubber stamp. They're in lockstep with whatever looney thing that comes along. They all want to repeal Obamacare. They just can't agree on how to do it after 7 years of trying.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

Kris Henningsen Having no healthcare sucks and I'm not your skippy Kris. My name appears on my posting just as yours does my friend.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

Richard, that's because congress refuses to fix it. Have you seen the projections of the republican's plan? If you earn more than $75,000 per year their plan is affordable which works for me. You're screwed if you make less. If you're older but not old enough for Medicare you're screwed. Medicare would have been dead and gone had congress not tweaked it many times since its inception in 1965. So would social security. Personally, I'm fine. I'm covered by Medicare as my primary coverage and TRICARE (retired military) as my secondary coverage. I'm concerned about the 24 million that COB projects to lose their coverage and congress shifting the Medicaid burden back to the states. This plan will also provide a windfall in tax breaks to the wealthy. The wealthy have all the privileges this country has to offer so I don't see a problem with them being taxed to assist the moms & dads that send their kids off to defend this country where they can continue to make their millions/billions. The Republican will also limit coverages that insurance are now required to provide. Women will especially be hurt under the new plan.

Nolan Sims
Nolan Sims

As they should be, the republicans could learn that lesson from the democrats. they will follow their leader, we have Mclame and graham, who should just switch parties!

David K Wilson
David K Wilson

On the other hand after seven years of trying Obamacare is a failed program.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

Tell that to the people whose lives have been saved by it. I assume you, like me have healthcare coverage. We are blessed. Congress should fix the problems with Obamacare just as they've done with Medicare. As you know, Medicare will require additional fixes in the near future. Those of us on Medicare depend on it. After all, we paid for it all of our working lives.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

That's why we have gridlock Nolan. No one wants to compromise. Politics is the art of compromise. This country worked best when grownups in the congress could find common ground.

Marolyn Felder
Marolyn Felder

Rubber stamp this peons. If democrats gets the house and senate in 2018, we will demand a special prosecution and impeachment of trump and his merry men of corruption

Mary L. Gilbreath
Mary L. Gilbreath

Dream on! President Trump will not ever be impeached, unlike President Clinton

Marolyn Felder
Marolyn Felder

He who laughs last, laughs best. With all of Trumps criminal and corrupt enterprises, it's not a matter of if he will be brought down, it's a matter of when. It took 900 days to bring down Nixon. We are patient.

Marolyn Felder
Marolyn Felder

Impeachment requires the cooperation of republicans. That won't happen if we wait for them. We're looking for a criminal indictment for collusion with Russia in our election and a money laundering scheme with Russian oligarchs.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

So he is inline with establishment Democratics, sounds great. He can make a difference for Georgia and remove us from the welfare draining red states. The GOP is scared. The clown car of candidates to Republicans have put up are just a bunch of corporate stooges.