Trump’s criticism of Ossoff comes on the eve of the closely watched special election in Georgia to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is still in the hospital, recovering from serious injuries sustained when he was shot while practicing for the Congressional baseball game.
The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, volunteered for Vermont Sen. Perdue defended Trump as “a true populist”, but acknowledged that even “some Republicans” are “turned off” by the president.
Because of the district’s status as suburban, educated and diverse, the Georgia race could be a harbinger of Democrats’ ability to compete for similar Republican-held seats in places like Orange County, California, the Philadelphia suburbs and NY state in 2018.
A former congressional staffer making his first bid for public office, Ossoff has spent the monthslong campaign bouncing between excited Democrats eager to topple Trump and the independents and moderates who are unhappy with Washington yet wary about voting for a Democrat. Narrow defeats there, with talk of moral victories, have only gone so far. “And if he wins, they win”.
The Atlanta-area race is the kind of contest Democrats need if they want to take back control of the House or Representatives next year.
Those same Democrats were disappointed in April, when Ossoff failed to win Georgia’s special election outright because he did not get 50 percent of the vote. Also on Tuesday is a race in SC, which Republicans are expected to win handily, for a replacement for Republican Mick Mulvaney, now Trump’s budget director.
If they come up short, frustration – tinged with hopelessness – will follow.
Should Ossoff win, Republicans on the ballot in 2018 (or considering retirement) will get a jolt. The stakes, however, are just that high.
The costliest USA congressional race in history will be decided on Tuesday in suburban Atlanta, where America’s divisive political climate has been on display in an election seen by some analysts as a political test for President Donald Trump. Democratic voters chose Ralph Northam – the lieutenant governor who is endorsed by more centrist Democrats like Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton’s running mate – over Sanders-backed Tom Perriello.
“We’re seeing absolute resistance to everything this president does”, he added. Moderates and independents out there want to give him a chance.
Democrats say the race is a referendum on President Trump.
“The leftists have gone and typecast and they’ve picked this young man – charismatic, articulate – and they’ve taught him a few Republican buzzwords”, the former governor said at a Handel event. The same commercial, without proof, claims the left “is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans”.
“When will it stop?”
Despite Democrats dumping all their resources and manpower into this race, Georgians still aren’t sold on Ossoff.
Handel said that type of attack ad was “disgusting” and that it should be taken down, echoing Ossoff’s call on Sunday.