Georgia 6th: Handel hits Ossoff over website changes on Pentagon cuts

Democrat Jon Ossoff. AJC/Bob Andres.

Republican Karen Handel’s campaign seized on changes Wednesday to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s website involving his plan to slash “wasteful” spending by the Pentagon by using more military bases that can be used by multiple branches of the armed services.

Ossoff’s website had included a pledge to “expand joint basing” at the Department of Defense to save $2.3 billion as part of broader cost-cutting measures. It was later changed to a term found in a Government Accountability Office report: “improve existing joint basing.”

Any effort to expand joint-basing in Georgia is a hot-button debate, and politicians and business leaders constantly worry that a new round of consolidations could close one of the state’s military bases.

A 2005 Defense Department report on the $2.3 billion in cuts listed 13 military installations that could be turned into joint-bases; none are in Georgia.

Ossoff’s campaign called the changes a “copy error” and that they were fixed as soon as it was discovered. The same wording also appeared in an Ossoff press release earlier this month. Handel’s campaign said the revisions undercut his claims of having expertise in national security, describing them as a “flip-flop.”

“It’s time he is finally held accountable and forced to answer for his ever-changing positions,” said Handel spokeswoman Kate Constantini.

 

 

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The GOP prevented an upset in Montana. What does that mean for Georgia-6?

Republicans level an early Memorial Day attack on Ossoff

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183 comments
Marie Carder
Marie Carder

Karen Handel needs to go away, she's a long time Ga. crook!!!

David Dyar
David Dyar

This will make California happy They give so much money

Mark Miller
Mark Miller

Ossoff - CALIFORNIANS CHOICE and Nancy Pelosi Puppet

John Chambers
John Chambers

Democrats have been wrong for so long! Just since November the Republicans have taken the Presidentcy and two special elections for congress.Political Scoreboard. Republicans-3 Democrats-0

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

Most Americans continue to support the same politicians that are destroying America....about 90% need to be replaced....

Patricia Rathbun
Patricia Rathbun

No more GOP we need common sense and they are weak. #voteyourossoff

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

She will work with the Greedy kings to gut Medicare and steal our social security dollars if elected.

Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

Jon is the best person for the job! He has great ideas for jobs, he's fiscally conservative and very ethical! We need Jon to bring balance and integrity back in our system!!

Paul Ridley
Paul Ridley

Will someone PLEASE tell trumpf he can Call off his NAZI friends now. ALL those Nooses wil not get him OFF #RUSSIA/WATERGATE

Wayne Pearce
Wayne Pearce

Just vote, don't stay home as a protest get out and vote!

Denise Larkin
Denise Larkin

Jon Ossoff is the only candidate for 6th district.

Brandy Tucker Lmt
Brandy Tucker Lmt

All I know is I'm so sick of hearing that old mans voice telling us how Ossof pretended to have government clearance (for what we don't know) and that he's bad for Georgia because why because you're a liar telling us ISIS members are walking our streets? Omg the fear mongering is sick.

Marcelle McClurd
Marcelle McClurd

I can't vote, it isn't in my district but if I could I would vote for Ossoff!!!

Steve Malone
Steve Malone

She's a shining example of Republican politics 2day... Jon's a smart guy with great ideas for both GEORGIA & the Nation. She's a carpet bagger with a history of living high off of all of us... He's a local boy from the Northlake area. Meanwhile, She's shouting Trump, Trump, Trump... like a girl at a redneck rally. I'm shakin' my head. She has no formal education beyond 12th grade... he holds degrees from both Georgetown & the London School of Economics. Ain't no comparison... He will be a watchdog over government spending & a social progressive. Making GEORGIA better for ALL of us. He'll do us proud... she will kiss the boots of Paul Ryan & Donald Trump... act conservative, but live like a fat cat. She's a crusty ole Georgia politician... Vote Jon Ossoff for US Congress! #shesatotalsellout #trumployalist #corruptionvstruth #jonsaboutthefuture

Kim Kay Jones
Kim Kay Jones

J.r. Rich-Bellerose she is an AVID democrat and the democrats LOVE her. You should be rolling in this, take a victory lap. It glorifies beheading pro Muslim (pro ISIS). What is not to love for the democrats.

Kim Kay Jones
Kim Kay Jones

J.r. Rich-Bellerose dust off your smug and be proud!

Ronnie Haynes
Ronnie Haynes

I just joined and seen bout 9/10 articles favoring the snow flake position on things why can't you just be facts and not spin smh prob can't even fit the smart phone in your skinny jeans

Ronnie Haynes
Ronnie Haynes

This site a petree dish for liberal trash I see

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

It will be interesting if the highly educated constituency in the 6th is as desperate as Hadel hopes they are.

Allan Boyd
Allan Boyd

Scandal Handel is so desperate she's stooping to typical Trumpublican low levels. Vote Ossoff☝️

Sammy Pointer
Sammy Pointer

He is a follower of that muslim that was in the presidents office. A follower of hillery. Wanting to give this country away. Kill our military, and give our welt away. Keeping Nancy Polo sets agenda going forward. A real democrat.

J.r. Rich-Bellerose
J.r. Rich-Bellerose

She is a terrible woman and a bad leader with a bad history in every job she's had. Let's try a younger, educated guy with new ideas and a hunger to cut government waste. That should appeal to conservatives as well as democrats.

Bob Stafford
Bob Stafford

Karen will be better off if she stays on the "Trump Train"!

J.r. Rich-Bellerose
J.r. Rich-Bellerose

She is reaching, wow. A naming error has her enraged? The plan saves 2.3 billion dollars and doesn't affect any Georgia bases. And her plans are what exactly? Buy more expensive office furniture? #NeverHandel #VoteYourOssoff #FlipTheSixth #TurnItBlue #VOTE

J.r. Rich-Bellerose
J.r. Rich-Bellerose

2.3 billion with a B Joy Lee Fears. And like I said above to do it or expand it is totally fine with me and not sure why anyone would really be against saving billions in government waste?

Morris Devereaux
Morris Devereaux

How do you know it doesn't affect Georgia bases? His campaign said he wants to change it to "“expand joint basing”. Gotta expand somewhere, why not Georgia?

J.r. Rich-Bellerose
J.r. Rich-Bellerose

Read the article. Plus I'm cool if it does expand to Georgia in order to save money and be more efficient. We don't need bloat for bloat sake.

Joy Lee Fears
Joy Lee Fears

I read the article. I believe that it stated that there was a 2005 military report which wanted to save 2.3 million dollars by "joint basing." In their report no military bases in GA were effected. Ossoff wanted to expand the "joint basing." It did not say how much money he planned to save nor did it mention bases in GA that might be effected.

Joy Lee Fears
Joy Lee Fears

J.r. Rich-Bellerose Ooops! Typo! But, you see you were redirecting. The subject of the article was that he changed the information on his web site when he was called out on it. And you were trying to imply that while he was trying to save money she wasn't. Or, that they people who disagreed with you didn't want to save money.

J.r. Rich-Bellerose
J.r. Rich-Bellerose

Yes Joy you're not making a point here this will be the third time I repeat myself. Joint basing or expand joint basing, either is fine with me so there is no issue. Websites get updated all the time so I am happy with their first choice of words and second. Also don't get all high and mighty about a website typo ..see your last post. It happens to the best and worst of us.

Virginia Chastain
Virginia Chastain

Never seen a democrat that didn't tell you one thing and then do something else. They are all big liars

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

How's the swamp draining, lock her up, roe v Wade, I will wipe out Isis in my first 30 days in office, I won't touch social security or Medicare, & I will be working so hard I won't have time to golf stuff going ?? LOL !! \U0001f602

Marsha Mcginnis
Marsha Mcginnis

The democrats will not work with our President and are constantly make nasty remarks about his kids ....... obadmouth was the most corrupted president that held office and he was a damn democrats .....are you people ever going to learn the drmocrats are corrupt to the core ......all they want us our tax money.

J.r. Rich-Bellerose
J.r. Rich-Bellerose

Funny since republicans are after your taxes now unless you're a millionaire or better.

Bill Talmadge
Bill Talmadge

Obama was the most corrupt, ever? I take you slept through the Bush regime?

Cheri Hall-Read
Cheri Hall-Read

OMG, did you ever see the speech Mitt Romney gave where is told us Trump was a con man and a fake???? Have you forgotten that? You Tube it. And learn.

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

Our president is a corrupt con man who has fooled you!

Patricia Rathbun
Patricia Rathbun

Your ignorance is pathetic. As soon as you start calling President Obama names you lost all credibility. 45 is destroying not only our own country but the world. Of course his followers are totally blind to his faults so the intelligent have to make these changes. #Ossoff

Steve Malone
Steve Malone

You look great in that wife beater... your ignorance is painfully obvious Brother. Your post is a shining example of why Trump's largest voting block was the "poorly educated." The GOP has some decent ideas, but the Republicans also represent some of the worst ideas and character flaws in a modern world plagued by REAL problems - poverty, foreign wars, terrorism, the mistreatment of women, racism, the environment, a broken criminal justice system, healthcare, education & many other social ills... yea, it's all about taxes... WOW. No one on either side likes taxes. Here's the truth...The redcoats don't give a f**k about middle class America. They are in power to protect and enrich the wealthy. Bottom line. Obama was a class act. Trump has proven that BIG money can't buy class... He is making a fool of America today others around the world. 45 will be impeached... hide & watch. #russiaisbig