Warring Republicans try to unite against Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr speaks at the Cobb County Republican Party headquarters ahead Georgia’s April 18 special election. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Fractious Georgia Republicans tried to unite behind a “stop Jon Ossoff” movement ahead of Tuesday’s special election to represent a suburban Atlanta district, with party leaders urging voters to stream to the polls and prevent an upset victory by the Democrat.

Republicans face a daunting enthusiasm gap in the 18-candidate race to represent the 6th District, and the leading GOP contenders have spent the final days feuding with each other. Ossoff, one of five Democrats in the race, is leading in the polls – and aiming for an outright victory in Tuesday’s vote.

At a GOP voter drive in the district’s western flank of Marietta, about 30 volunteers and officials turned out to make calls and listen to several likely Republican statewide candidates.

“This is personal,” said Attorney General Chris Carr, who lives in Dunwoody. “We have great candidates. But whoever you support is better than the other side. They are trying to embarrass us, but let’s show them this district is Republican red.”

At a GOP breakfast on the district’s eastern DeKalb outskirts, state Sen. Fran Millar criticized Democrats who think it’s a “done deal that this kid’s going to become the Congressman.”

State Sen. Fran Millar. AJC file

“I’ll be very blunt: These lines were not drawn to get Hank Johnson’s protégé to be my representative. And you didn’t hear that,” said Millar. “They were not drawn for that purpose, OK? They were not drawn for that purpose.”

Millar, a Dunwoody Republican, has endorsed former state Sen. Dan Moody in the race.

Ossoff, a 30-year-old ex-congressional aide, has marshaled thousands of volunteers – and droves of paid staffers – to blanket the district. His unprecedented $8.3 million fundraising haul along with Donald Trump’s struggles in the area – he won it by less than 2 points – give Democrats hope he can flip the seat.

And he’s tried to tap into the electorate’s mood by vowing to “stand up to Donald Trump” while also hewing to some conservative themes, such as a pledge to cut wasteful spending.

The Republicans on the ballot are all gunning for chance to square off with Ossoff in a June 20 runoff – if they can keep his numbers under 50 percent. Meanwhile, the leading GOP contenders and their supporters are pummeling each other with attack ads.

On Saturday, Republican leaders tried to shift the criticism to Ossoff. State Rep. Sam Teasley of Marietta said Ossoff’s platform is chock-full of “left wing priorities.”

“The national media would love to make this a story about a turning tide,” said Teasley. “But we aren’t going to let that happen.”

Georgia GOP chair John Padgett compared the surge of attention around Ossoff’s campaign to the failed 2014 bids of “little blue-headed folks” Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn.

“What got them beat is you. You got out and outworked them,” he said. “And you’ll do it again.”

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Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

Ossoff has no need to war. He's intellectually talented and prepared for this job. The others? Not so much.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

We must rid ourselves of this Trump Human Bedbug Invasion.

Terece Sutherlin
Terece Sutherlin

crap like this is why our country is in such bad shape.. Ossoff is bought and paid for by out of state donations, that should be a huge wake up call. '

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

I just can't understand how after what we have seen from the left over the last 8 yrs, how can anyone in their right mind support them anymore? Are you people insane or just plain stupid?

Frank Shirley
Frank Shirley

Comrade Ossoffsky has A LOT in common with gun grabbers like Schumer, Feinstein etc...

Lorie Brinson English
Lorie Brinson English

Oh the tide has turned. We are tired of ANY candidate who does NOT represent the people's interest. Politicians need to represent their districts and not the special interests and corporations who have contributed to their campaigns. The official isn't up for sale. Repubs don't get it.

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

LOTS OF DEMO SHEEP MEWLING FOR THEIR CANDIDATE. WAA, WAA, WAA.

Cheryl Hicks
Cheryl Hicks

Don't vote in a democrat we are just getting started.

Fred Hackney
Fred Hackney

They need to unite..we don't need a liberal to replace Price.

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

Robert Willett I think you are stuck on idiot. You have anything else to offer?

Elliott Cross
Elliott Cross

Amazing how those particular conservatives resort to name calling and bullying. The devil is walking you straight to the gates of hell with your hate and violence your forked tongues. Better to be a atheists with good intentions than false Christian using God name to further your evil.

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

Ha, ha, ha. LOOK WHO IS TALKING!!! YOU LIBERALS ARE SOME POT OF STEW FOR SURE.

Elliott Cross
Elliott Cross

If Republicans work for the people that elected them and not the people that paid for them they would not have to deal with this.

Louise Frazier
Louise Frazier

What could the Republicans possibly have to offer us now? They are taking everything away and the American Dream right along with them.

Kevin Post
Kevin Post

6 promises Trump has made about health care 1 ‘INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY’ 2 ‘NO CUTS … TO MEDICAID’ 3 ‘NO ONE WILL LOSE COVERAGE’ 4 ‘NOBODY WILL BE WORSE OFF FINANCIALLY’ 5 ‘GET RID OF ARTIFICIAL LINES’ 6 ‘EVERYBODY’S GOING TO BE TAKEN CARE OF’

Louise Frazier
Louise Frazier

I don't watch CNN. I do watch Congress. That is all I need.

Robert J. Simon
Robert J. Simon

This liberal party is trying to set up shop here in Atlanta to try and flip Georgia, send ossoff back home to mommy Nancy Peloci in Washington.

Lorie Brinson English
Lorie Brinson English

And we welcome them as opposed to the corruption of repub politicians selling out to special interest. They deserve to be defeated for not representing the people. They opened the door unfortunately.

Robert J. Simon
Robert J. Simon

You are another immoral liberal and don't speak for us, go back to your wife Nancy in Washington !!!

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS YOUR PRESIDENT IF YOU LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. IT IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. GET OVER IT.

Will Jones
Will Jones

Who in Dunwoody would curse themselves and God by making Elect one who denies the risen Lord? The Creator is alive and well: and America's only Sovereign; not Satan, Jon Ossoff's god.

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

BUT the GOP just can't get all of those hubris filled individuals to NOT CUT the baby in two. Right? hahahhahahaa

Joel Rea
Joel Rea

In Georgia as well as most red states, the people don't matter at all. It's all about their "team," even if it's damaging for the other 98%.