Max Cleland slams the use of bin Laden in Georgia special election

Congressional Leadership Fund

Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland blasted a Republican group that ran an ad invoking the image of Osama bin Laden, calling it a “smear” tactic from conservatives struggling to hobble Democrat Jon Ossoff’s special election campaign.

He was referring to a digital ad launched by the Congressional Leadership Fund that showed the image of the slain jihadist while panning Ossoff’s documentary work with the Al-Jazeera TV network. And Cleland knows of which he speaks: In the 2002 race for the U.S. Senate, Republican Saxby Chambliss employed an image of bin Laden in an attack on the incumbent Democrat.

Former Georgia U.S. Sen. Max Cleland.

 

“This is what Republicans do if they don’t have a real case or a real candidate,” said Cleland. “They try to smear the Democrats. They’re lying. And the public can see through that.”

The ad calls Al Jazeera a “mouthpiece for terrorists,” citing a a 2011 piece on the rising news organization in the American Journalism Review that also called the Qatari-owned network a legitimate and influential source of Middle East information despite some questionable editorial decisions. Other critics have panned what they have called a cozy relationship The New York Times Magazine.

Ossoff has come under fire from conservative groups for his work with the network, which has become fodder at GOP meetings across the district. His campaign said he’s proud of his time “working for outlets all over the world” including the BBC and Al Jazeera.

Ossoff is the surprising frontrunner in the April 18 special election for the 6th District, a conservative-leaning swath that spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb. The seat has long been a Republican stronghold, and Ossoff hopes to turn the race into an early test of the president’s popularity with a vow to “stand up to Donald Trump.”

Cleland said he expects the attacks to escalate as Ossoff aims to win this month’s election outright to avoid a June 20 runoff.

“Republicans fear this becoming the national news. They fear it like the plague,” said Cleland. “They know this would put fear in the soul of every Republican running for office.”

More AJC coverage of the Sixth District race:

Ossoff pulls in record donations for Georgia special election

An 18-candidate debate shows how jumbled Georgia special election is

With Ossoff at the gates, Republicans try to fortify Georgia’s Sixth

Ossoff fights ‘top-secret’ attacks in Georgia special election

Staff raids and social media hijinks: GOP infighting ramps up in Georgia Sixth

Republicans, Democrats target Ossoff in Georgia special election

 

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86 comments
Greg Murphy
Greg Murphy

He has been an obstructionist for a long time....Using his disability as a lever...

Fred Hackney
Fred Hackney

Max Cleveland needs to go back to retirement.

Stan Pitts
Stan Pitts

Looking for relevance... and not finding it.

Marilyn Hupp
Marilyn Hupp

Not familiar with him. Is he a Democrat or republican

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

I have all the respect in the world for Cleland, was a hero in his time, and still is,but he's a Liberal shill.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

#Cult45.. We are watching a replay , Republican strategists will say or do anything for power, "Swift Boat" John Kerry.

Don Brewer
Don Brewer

What Cleland did or didn't do in Vietnam has nothing to do with this election. You scum sucking Republicans will say and do anything to smear an opponent. Truth, lie makes no difference.

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

How did Ossoff misrepresent himself?

Stan Pitts
Stan Pitts

Um, Don... I think it's Ossoff that's been caught misrepresenting the truth here... perhaps if you kept quiet people would only think you didn't know what you're talking about... but so many of you just feel an obligation to prove it.

Gary Stewart
Gary Stewart

Who cares what comes out of his mouth ?!!!!

Tony Brown
Tony Brown

I voted for Trump/Isakson but I respect the hell out of Max. Solid senator and vet

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Suxby Shameless shamed himself when he ran against Cleveland.

Frank Shirley
Frank Shirley

Cleland voted to ban guns...that's why he is a FORMER Senator.

Patrick Thompson
Patrick Thompson

Will we never learn? Using the military as human shields while cutting benefits and spouting you're for ithe military should be llegal.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

He takes a lebarial approach to spelling and grammar.

Billy J. Chandler
Billy J. Chandler

Click bait. Any headline that uses OUTRAGED, SLAMS, DESTROYS and a host of other pretended outcries is "click bait". Don't feed the trolls!

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

We are watching a replay , Republican strategists will say or do anything for power, "Swift Boat" John Kerry.

Billy J. Chandler
Billy J. Chandler

I miss the "Whopper Lies" of the past. The liars that were really good at it instead of these amateur Republicans. Hall of famers like Barry Obama "You can keep your doctor." or Bill Clinton "I didn't have sex with that woman."

Billy J. Chandler
Billy J. Chandler

Thanks. I appreciate you catching and appreciating my use of sarcasm to make my point.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Edwina McInnish the cesspool that is the conservaturd Republicans.

Eustace E Cromartie
Eustace E Cromartie

Just here for all the so-called Patriots that are disrespecting this man. The Republicans in these comments are scumbags. You pretend you care about the troops but you make comments like this when a wounded warrior there's an opinion you don't like.

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

I'm not sure they know what your words mean. Too. Hard.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

Nolan Teter Sure, when they use straw men

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

Caps lock PATRIOTS... We are watching a replay , Republican strategists will say or do anything for power, like "Swift Boat" John Kerry.

Gerald Murray
Gerald Murray

Where should I send your bottle of Miralx, you obviously need one or two doses real bad.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

Do Republicans ever debate without ad hominems and red herrings?

Morris Devereaux
Morris Devereaux

Fighting for your nation is certainly honorable and I respect anyone who's put on a uniform. But that doesn't give you a lifetime pass.

Norman A. Thums
Norman A. Thums

He's not a wounded warrior. He did it to himself. Moron class

Cathy Mclaurin
Cathy Mclaurin

You're absolutely correct..They are FAKE patriots.

Billy J. Chandler
Billy J. Chandler

Nolan Teter Yes, we Republicans frequently debate without ad hominems. Thanks for the interest. I'll start the debate, then you next. TOP 5 THINGS President Trump & other republicans are doing to help our country: 1. MAKING OUR FAMILIES SAFER by recognizing Radical Islamic Terrorists exist and slowing down illegal immigration from specific countries until proper vetting is in place. 2. INCREASING WHAT WE HAVE TO SHARE WITH FELLOW CITIZENS by slowing down illegal immigration through our southern borders to reduce national cost burdens thus ensuring more assistant is available for all legal citizens when needed. 3. RESTORING HONOR TO LEGAL IMMIGRANTS by showing them how following our laws is rewarded, and breaking them is not. All need to be reminded that time and effort spent doing it right is both rewarded and respected. 4. FIGHT TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE to a system whose faults have caused costs to rise to unaffordable levels for most Americans. Having a system that only works for citizens who don’t work is not our America. 5. REPAIR OUR REPUTATION AS A WORLD LEADER by recognizing that the past policy of “If we are nice, radical Islamic terrorists will be nice” has failed, and it’s time to speak the only language they understand; and to speak it with firmness and justice.

Bobbie Hobbs
Bobbie Hobbs

Billy J. Chandler - WELL SAID and 100% CORRECT.

Bobbie Hobbs
Bobbie Hobbs

Democrats are the biggest outright liars on planet Earth They wrote the book on smear tactics.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Trump lies daily, one of his lies are leading him to impeachment