Georgia 6th: Karen Handel releases first TV ad in runoff cycle

Republican Karen Handel. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Republican Karen Handel on Tuesday released her first TV ad of the runoff cycle, a 30-second introductory spot that highlights her 25 years living in Georgia’s 6th District.

“We just love this community. It’s home for us,” the former Georgia secretary of state said in the ad. “To be able to do good for the people of this district who aren’t just constituents to me, they are friends to Steve and I. It would be extraordinary and a real privilege.”

The ad was an implicit dig at Democrat Jon Ossoff, her opponent in the June 20 runoff, who has faced an onslaught from critics because he doesn’t live in the suburban Atlanta district. He lives a few miles south of the district near Emory University, where his fiancee attends medical school, and said he intends to move.

It was Handel’s first ad since she finished in second-place in the April 18 special election to land a spot in the runoff against Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional aide. National Republican groups have poured in millions to fill the void, worried that an Ossoff upset could be an embarrassing disaster for the GOP.

The race is already on track to cost more than $30 million, making it the costliest U.S. House contest in the nation’s history. Ossoff has laid out more than $6.6 million in advertising between April 18 and June 20, and on Tuesday he launched an attack ad targeting Handel’s “unforgivable” tenure with a breast-cancer charity.

Watch the ad here:

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Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

Ossie has Hammerin' Hank Johnsons blessings (curse), 'nuff said! Wondering if ole Hank thinks the 6th would tip over if too many voters showed up to vote on this special election?

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

I was hoping to see a handel job.

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

William McNail - No Oshoff will become part of the swamp if he goes to Washington as a Dem. It was announced this week that a suit has been brought against the Dems in Federal court for the shenanigans they pulled during the Natl convention and what they pulled on Bernie. You have to admit the Dems are a corrupt bunch of people and Ossoff needs to remember you are judged by the company you keep!!

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

What they pulled on Bernie is EXACTLY what they did to Hillary when they steered the nomination to obama. That was when I vowed to never vote for another demoncrat for President---even Hillary. The entire party is the swamp,

Lashelle Scott
Lashelle Scott

Bernie is not a Democrat period . He only appealed to white voters . Next - Trump is the swamp Do better

Michelle Beasley
Michelle Beasley

Hope it includes trumplethinskin and lying Ryan, FLIP THE 6TH!!!

Rodney Lewis
Rodney Lewis

Don the Con is about to be a dead bird in DC

Donna King
Donna King

We need a lot more democrats in DC.

Dennis Stone
Dennis Stone

CAUSE WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER DEMOCRAT IN WASHINGTON

Brandon Paxton
Brandon Paxton

I wouldn't necessarily say that it has to be a Democrat but someone that is willing to represent the people, not just their party. #VOTEYOUROSSOFF

Jackalope
Jackalope

ROFLOL!  And you think OSSOFF would be that person?  The same guy who has spent his entire adult life carry water for Democrats in Washington?


Woody Smith
Woody Smith

Keep the Seat 6th District !!! Vote Karen Handel !!!!!

Gigi Allen
Gigi Allen

Or are you asking people to vote for #45 for the 6th district???? Both losers, liars and cheaters!!!' No thanks!

Rodney Lewis
Rodney Lewis

Karen....vote against her so she can stop buying expense chairs...

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

There are a lot of legitimate reasons to oppose Handel. Her weight ain't one of them.

Dustin Ketchem
Dustin Ketchem

Aw., did hurt your little snowflake feelings? Seems conservatives can dish the non pc comments but can't take it when you throw it back at them.

John Chambers
John Chambers

They can always lose weight, but you will always be a moron!

Susan Coppola Gill
Susan Coppola Gill

There's a great argument! Body shaming and bullying are only bad if a non-liberal fool does them.

Juanx
Juanx

Karen Handel...the pioneer in voter suppression. Refused to support traditional Sunday Voting by African American Church goers and refused to increase the number of voting precincts. Plus she supports the Thrump agenda affecting clean water, and clear air.

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  1. […] He has reserved more than $6.6 million in airtime for cable, TV and radio ads in the nine-week stretch between the April 18 vote and the June 20 runoff. But Republican groups have poured in more than $8 million for their own ad blitz since April’s contest, and Handel’s campaign – which has raised at least $2 million – debuted its first ad of the runoff this week. […]

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  2. […] He has reserved more than $6.6 million in airtime for cable, TV and radio ads in the nine-week stretch between the April 18 vote and the June 20 runoff. But Republican groups have poured in more than $8 million for their own ad blitz since April’s contest, and Handel’s campaign – which has raised at least $2 million – debuted its first ad of the runoff this week. […]

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