Doug Collins: Georgia Dems ‘complicit’ as D.C. groups run 6th District race

WASHINGTON — Top Georgia Democrats have been “complicit” in the special election to replace Tom Price in the 6th District, letting their national party take over operations in the closely-watched, multi-million-dollar race. That’s the take of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, the three-term lawmaker who recently joined the House GOP leadership team.

“The liberal machine in D.C. is running this operation,” Collins said in an interview Wednesday evening. “This is not a Georgia operation at all … I think the Georgia Democrats are complicit in this. I think Stacey Abrams, John Lewis and Hank Johnson, they’re all complicit in this because they have agreed to it.”

Collins cited the influx of staffers from the Washington-based Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, that have streamed into the suburban congressional district in recent weeks, as well as the record-setting fundraising reported by Democrat Jon Ossoff, much of which came from out of state.

He also said the party was being “authoritarian” by lining up its resources behind Ossoff, the race’s front-runner, rather than letting the process play out with the four other Democrats in the race.

“They don’t care if they have long-term members of their party work hard and have been elected before, they just threw them to the side” and backed Ossoff, Collins said.

That last point isn’t a new one. Some of the other Democrats in the race complained they weren’t given a fair shot by the party during a recent debate.

“I was very surprised at how we were not given the same amount of support as another candidate,” said Democrat Ragin Edwards, an east Cobb sales manager, referring to Ossoff during the Atlanta Press Club’s recent forum. “I definitely feel that I was slighted and I was played a little bit.”

The Georgia Democratic Party has insisted that it’s staying neutral in the 6th District and that state rules prohibit it from declaring a side if there are multiple Democrats in a race. It’s instead focused on get-out-the-vote efforts. The DCCC, meanwhile, operates under a different set of rules and has endorsed Ossoff.

The Democrats aren’t the only ones who have been accused of picking and choosing in this race. The 6th District GOP decided to feature only five of the race’s 11 Republican candidates in a series of three recent debates, a move that earned its share of internal protests.

As for Collins’ comment that D.C. Democrats are running the show in the Peach State, Georgia Democrats’ spokesman Michael Smith was dismissive in an email Wednesday.

“If the ‘liberal machine’ Doug is referencing is our coalition of grassroots activists who are fed-up with the GOP’s Failure-in-Chief who happens to temporarily squat in the White House, then this guy needs internet access,” he said. “The Democratic Party of Georgia has been building a (get-out-the-vote) machine for months. And while the GA GOP drowns in debt and skitters to cover up their discrimination lawsuits, the DPG is thriving.”

The GOP has sharpened its attacks on Ossoff with less than a week until the election. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Democrat will easily carry the field, but Republicans are hoping to stave off an embarrassing defeat in the typically deep red 6th by forcing him into a runoff with a GOP candidate.

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Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

I have to laugh. Price was such a career Republican whose only interest seemed to be enriching himself and rising in Washington Republican ranks - that I hate to tell Collins this - BUT the 6th has been run by "Washington" for a long time. And Republican "Washington" has absolutely NO INTEREST in average middle class constituents like us in the 6th ... and neither did Price who could only parrot the Republican Party line and nothing else. So far - I see good things with Ossoff. He listens and cares. Once in office - we'll see what Ossoff does. One thing - Ossoff will be a HUGE improvement from what we've had - because Washington Republicans do NOTHING for us.

Kimberly Reckles
Kimberly Reckles

6th is a red district. Handel will take it in a landslide victory.

Rick Maddox
Rick Maddox

Yes, indeed. Doug "Benghazi" Collins.

AzaleaAnnie
AzaleaAnnie

Democrats say they are 'staying neutral' in this race?  They are all in about this race, from Pelosi to Watters to Lewis.  More like nutria than neutral.  

Jan Long
Jan Long

Doug Collins , you should be concerned about what you are complicit in . Republicans are not exactly innocent are they ? Vote for your self interest much ?

Warren Winter
Warren Winter

Well the GOP is a giant piece of crap with an idiot, thin skinned troll for their leader, so anything you say is garbage.

David W Moore
David W Moore

Due to Tom Perez's insistence of parading communist pedophile Bernie Sanders against the wishes of the majority base, all Democratic activists are encouraged to vacate Ossorf, and this special election. If you're sick and tired of communist Bernie Sanders, go let Tom Perez know.

Elliott Cross
Elliott Cross

So Republicans scream fowl but when special interest can donate unlimited money to their campaigns they complain about DCCC coming in and helping one of it's own. Georgia is waking up. You all don't work for us you work for whoever pays you the most for your vote on legislation that helps only there bottom line. This government is for the people by the people.

Deb McCotter Rosburg
Deb McCotter Rosburg

Look at Flint, Michigan or Dearborn...want to see what Democrats do for people. Flint waited over TWO years for Ovomit to help them with CLEAN WATER.........Trump sent money to clean it up! California Dem. Governor wanted to succeed from the union and the next day he was begging for money for the DAM....same one he had money for but gave to illegals in welfare. Democrats have a screw loose if they think that money comes out of no where........it's taxpayer money!! The man can't do his job yet he's still in office because they talk a good lie and you buy it! Look at Baltimore, Chicago...any place a Democrat is in charge...you have slums, crime and inner city issues! You would think you'd get tired of paying taxes and getting nothing out of it...Democrats just line their pockets!! They get rich, you get poor....if that's winning then you deserve it!!

Mary Moseley Greene
Mary Moseley Greene

He needs to slam the stupidity of the 11 egocentric Republicans and their party who could not come to a consensus at to who might be the most viable candidate. The idiotic republicans probably need to lose this one and MAYBE wake up and smell the coffee. However, I cannot bring my self to vote for the $14,000,000 bought and paid for democrat as I have no stomach for someone who has already sold his soul for a mess of pottage.

Carl Harold Taylor
Carl Harold Taylor

Republicans you better get out and vote. Democrats playing the same old game trying to steal votes. It look like they doing it.

DerekGator
DerekGator

If you guys want to vote for a democrat, why wouldn't you choose one that actually lives in Georgia and has real world experience?  Ossoff was a glorified intern and now he calls himself a national security expert.  Working as an intern and making some documentary films while living in DC and London do not make you qualified to be the representative. 

I can understand if you are anti-Trump but voting for a kid that doesn't even live here is not the answer. 

theflock
theflock

Ossoff most certainly lives here. Don't tell me you believe the Republican ads that saynhe lives in Washington.

NonChalant
NonChalant

@theflock Republicans don't care. If they keep up the "He doesn't live here" lie loud/often, people will believe it.

Brenda Addison
Brenda Addison

Vote RED. THE SO-CALLED DEMOCRATIC PARTY COMMITTED SUICIDE WHEN JFK WAS ASSINATED . THEY ARE NOT FOR THE PEOPLE. ONLY BIGGER GOVERNMENT . CONTROL OF EVERYTHING INCLUDING YOUR LIBERTY. LIBERALS ARE CONTROL FREAKS!

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Red is Russia's favorite color. COMMIE

Justin Hughes
Justin Hughes

Republicans are complicit in war crimes and treason.

Virginia Gomes Hanvey
Virginia Gomes Hanvey

You would think people are really really sick of how the DEMOCRATS have destroyed our country.

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Vagina please tell me how they have destroyed our Country. I new to all of this, so help me out.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Exactly who was complicit in getting the unfit, unqualified Trump elected?

Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

--'United States House of Representatives is controlled by Republicans'--

--'United States Senate is controlled by Republicans'--

 --United States President is Republican'--

How can any sane person in the 6th District of Georgia expect decent representation from a Democrat ????????? 

Starik
Starik

@Joeleejohnson The 6th hasn't had decent representation in the past; a lot of educated folks live in the 6th now, and I suppose we'll see how many next week.

Nicole Presa
Nicole Presa

Doug Collins is a fake news guy. Completely partisan and hostile and a propaganda machine. He needs to go.

Sheryl Rehberg
Sheryl Rehberg

Well if that's not the kettle calling the pot black! Or whoever the saying goes...

Alex Gross
Alex Gross

An interesting observation is that the Democrats have anointed Ossoff and are ignoring the other candidates from their own party. This has not worked out well for them in the past, neither in GA nor in the last national election.

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

isn't that how elections work? As I recall you people ignored Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Two normal leaders... So pipe down chuirlish one.

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Alex Gross Republicans. are YOU PEOPLE.

Alex Gross
Alex Gross

I bet Ron Slotin would disagree with you

Alex Gross
Alex Gross

At recent candidates forum Slotin stated, “I have the best chance to beat the Republicans in the runoff in this election.” Slotin then threw a curveball when he asked the audience, “I want to know if anyone is here from the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) or the National Democratic Party? Because I want to ask them, why are they getting involved in this election?” Slotin said “You don’t see the RNC (Republican National Committee) getting involved with Republican Candidates”

Maureen DeLong Beamer
Maureen DeLong Beamer

There's been tons of Super PAC and Rebub $ poured into the 6th. I voted. I canvassed. Flip the 6th and MAKE TRUMP FURIOUS!!!

Alex Gross
Alex Gross

But they haven't backed a specific candidate

Sharon Gaskin
Sharon Gaskin

People of Georgia Please go to the polls and vote to help President Trump continue his agenda! Thank You. Don't for Tuesday April 18th.

Joshua Ritz
Joshua Ritz

Because it's not kosher to be pro-communism?

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Yeah... And speaking of complicit... Who open supports the grabber of womens crotches...

Brenda Addison
Brenda Addison

Butt out of WOMEN . REAL WOMEN KNOW HOW TO SPOT AND FIX LYING 2 CENT BARGAIN POLITICIANS !

Mary Joan Birney Moore
Mary Joan Birney Moore

It's only ok when Republicans and their Koch Brothers interfere. Double standards!

Luanne West
Luanne West

Ummmm, and who is funding the ads against Ossoff? Super pacs funded by the super rich and big corporations. If those are against him, then I'm for him!!!

Phil Woodhall
Phil Woodhall

Ivanka taught Georgia Republicans a new word. They are already misusing it.

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Spend that money Dems it's good for president Trump's economy \U0001f609

Suzanne Chupp
Suzanne Chupp

This FB site has spiraled into the pit of partisan hatred. It's awful how everybody thinks they have to align themselves with one side of the other and then then hurling of insults and obscenities begin. I'm sick of it. The most vile comments are made out of ignorance. When did society decide that it is acceptable to act like a bunch of spoiled school yard bullies? Disgusting!

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

The election of one to the presidency hasn't helped matters.

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

you can thank the ultra conservatives, who listen to nothing but pulpit radio in the cars all day long. It's sad. I agree.