Ossoff laces into Trump as he eyes a Georgia 6th comeback bid

Sixth District congressional candidate Jon Ossoff with his fiancé Alisha Kramer. AJC/Jason Getz

In post-mortems of Democrat Jon Ossoff’s defeat, the 6th District candidate was critiqued over his refusal to hit President Donald Trump harder in the waning days of the campaign. If he runs for the suburban Atlanta seat again, he’s signaled he won’t be pulling any punches.

In a string of tweets and speeches since his June 20 loss to Republican Karen Handel, Ossoff has torn into the president with the kind of serrated-edge criticism that he steered away from in the final stretches of that nationally-watched race.

He slammed Trump’s “both sides” response to the deadly violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. He called the president a “weak and dishonest man” at an awards dinner. And he dubbed Trump the “incompetent POTUS” for his response to the hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico.

“These are some bleak, bleak moments in our history,” Ossoff said Saturday at the Cobb County Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser dinner.

“If ever there were an opportunity for statesmanship and leadership and unity. And it’s not only the incompetence,” Ossoff said. “It’s this contempt for the victims and inability to see beyond one’s own ego and vanity that is so disgusting.”

Ossoff was on the losing end of the most expensive U.S. House contest in history, a $60 million race seen as an early test of GOP sway over suburban districts. Ossoff, unknown even in many local Democratic circles, shattered fundraising records to raise about $30 million as he became a household name in Atlanta.

On the campaign trail, though, Ossoff transformed himself from the “Make Trump Furious” candidate of his early days to one that later avoided serrated-aged criticism of the president. It was part of his strategy to energize liberals without turning off moderates and conservatives he needed to flip the seat.

Handel, meanwhile, wound up enthusiastically embracing Trump and any other leading GOP figure who lent her help. After Ossoff narrowly missed an outright win in the first round of voting, Handel won the head-to-head runoff matchup by a relatively comfortable 4-point margin.

Ossoff hasn’t ruled out another run for the seat, freezing for now several lesser-known Democrats hoping to challenge Handel next year. Handel’s campaign has burst out a flurry of fundraising appeals warning of a comeback bid, including one last week with the headline: “Lurking.”

“I have no idea what he’s going to do. But from what I’ve heard, our old friend Jon Ossoff is seriously considering running for Congress again,” read the email, which urged her donors to pony up more cash or risk an Ossoff redux.

Ossoff, for his part, seems happy to play up the drama.

“They’re feeling a little nervous, don’t want another big showdown in the Sixth,” he told the Cobb group. “So I say we let them sweat a little longer.”

Watch a clip of his Cobb speech:

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George911
George911

He and his fiancee have the wide eyed joyful look of Scientology. A little creepy.

HonkyKat99
HonkyKat99

Hey Assoff......you already lost so shut your pie hole. Your services are not needed. Liberalism is a sickness and must be stopped.

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

Handel...Perdue....and other GOP members of Congress are facing this affront....


In late August, in answer to a TMZ reporter’s questions, Roger Stone said that members of Congress would endanger their lives if they voted to impeach Trump. Stone said on camera:

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

A politician who votes for it would be endangering their own life. There will be violence on both sides. I’ll make this clear:

BBtheKing
BBtheKing

Thanks for this, needed a good laugh this morning!

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

If you are a democrat running in the 6th district......take note... Folks in the northern suburbs will not abandon trump.....unless he turns black.


The core of trump's base.....is racist and bigoted.... How does anyone change that....when it is reinforced by the Baptist church...and promoted by the the conservative media they enjoy.


So....do not waste your time or money.....running as a democrat  in the 6th.

Another comment
Another comment

Karen Handle has done nothing so far in office. Plus Tom Price has totally disgraced the Republicans in the 6th district. He has completely managed to show what a hypocrite the cost costing Freedom Caucus Republican are once they are out of congress and into the swamp. He wants to fly Charter, not offend his backers in Pharma by cutting them or the Medical device guys at Medtronixs, GE, etc.. but he shura wants to wack away at the navigators serving poor people singing up the ACA. Then he wants to cut HHS staff. That was the wrong move, those career staff you wanted to cut just happened to leak that you made 24 charter flights hosting millions of dollars to have lunch with your son, and visit your property in St. Simmons. Not to say you were to goood to take the Amtrak to Philly, that is a Norhtern right of passage Tom. Hell even Joe Biden did it every weekend while raising his kids as a widow through being VP all the way to Delaware.

Then Price shows what a hypocrite he was as a Member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church of the Anti drinking ( hide the bottle in a paper bad from Nanny crowd) he was caught throwing them back at Bullfeathers while they were whipping up the vote count on Obamacare repeal. Word had it he looked like an experience alcoholic father triying to drink away his sins. Did he miss where he really wanted to be one of the G'town or C street Gay bars some were wondering.

Now he will have to come home to his Beard Betty. With no power and connections gone, did not even make a year.

GaPatriot
GaPatriot

Will he be moving into the district so he can vote for himself this time?

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Ossoff’s window of opportunity is past. He and the AJC told the national Dems and far-left donors he had the election by 7 points but he lost by 4. Now the national Dems are short of funds and will spend them elsewhere.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

So Pajama Boy wants to run again? he will be asking the Hollywood types and New York types to bankroll him again, they will more than likely tell him to run for animal control officer in DeKalb while they look for someone who has a chance of winning

ronaldtallon
ronaldtallon

Ossoff is unfit to carry Trumps shoes.   He is a manufactured nobody.   What fun it will be to see him down in flames again.   Democrats, get a real candidate who is not far left and you will have a chance.   But they always follow the same formula.  They get a left winger and then he or she runs to the center.   Then, if they get elected, then they show their true colors.  People understand this.

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

Handel's pretty much shown herself to be a nobody in D.C. - just a clone of the Tea Party Haters who have crippled the US government.

Robert R
Robert R

Ossoff should run again. This time he will win. Many indies and the smarter Republicans have abandoned the useless and ineffective criminal Trump and rightfully so.

Guaranteed Ossof wins this time.

RexHavoc
RexHavoc

@Robert R Yes.  Please let him run again.  Bring on Alabama, that's what I say.


zekeI
zekeI

Georgia nor any State nor the USA needs another leftist, socialist, communist moron in office!

LIBERALISM IS A FATAL DISEASE TO A FREE NATION, AND, MUST EITHER BE CURED OR DESTROYED AT THE POLLS, BETTER YET, THROUGH CONSTITUTIONAL BAN!!!

Covfefe23
Covfefe23

@zekeI Tell us more about this "constitutional ban" you have in mind...

Robert R
Robert R

Right...what you need is another lying, Russian colluding, environment destroying, nuclear war making narcissist like Trump in the seat. You are the very ones the Russians found so easy to manipulate. Geeze I wonder why. Your citizens average an 8th grade education level and the lowest IQs in the country.

No wonder you consistently vote against your own

best interests. You've been raised and conditioned to

hate and to devalue intellect your whole life. You are a programmed bot not a human being individual.

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

@zekeI  You pretty much made the case for shutting down the GOP.  

go42
go42

The Dem Party is officially kaput. The anti-American, grievance crowd that have control of it are one of the worst things to ever have happened to us in our history. No platform, nothing positive, just division and strife and an ole fashioned barbaric lust for power. If they're going to challenge in the 6th again (or anywhere else for that matter) they need to first regain control of the party. The radical, fruits and nuts thing is not working.

Robert R
Robert R

My god it's difficult to fathom how you people can be so ignorant, so stupid, and so soul dead.

Democrats outnumber Republicans by millions. This is why Republicans gerrymander and rig all the elections; they can't win anyway but by cheating.

Democrats have a platform called single payer healthcare, continued job growth (Democrats have been gaining jobs for 9 straight years now), and getting rid of the repugnant malignant narcissist that currently illegally occupies the WH.

Your lives are miserable by your own hand and doing. Grow up and take responsibility and stop blaming the government.

LookCloser
LookCloser

@Robert R Your god is the democrat party evidently.  Man what a deluded thought process....

LowSage
LowSage

Jon wants back in ! He'll be hitting up the california PACs for a few million to start the campaign over.

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