Each day during my commute to work in the Atlanta, Georgia area, Jon Ossoff’s campaign ads overwhelm the airwaves in what has been hailed as the most expensive House race in history. Candidates have already spent well over $35 million, and the special election set for June 20 hangs in the balance.
Although Ossoff is the Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, his rhetoric mirrors that of a fiscal conservative — likely for good reason. It’s predicted that Ossoff can’t win without co-opting a sizeable amount of the Republican vote.
In one campaign ad dubbed, “Accountable,” Ossoff promises to, “cut wasteful spending.” In another titled, “Respecting Your Tax Dollars,” Ossoff states that, “both parties in Washington waste too much of your money.” In addition, he pledges to, “cut $16 billion in duplicate programs.”
“I approve this message, because I’ll work with anybody in Washington who respects your tax dollars,” Ossoff concludes in the ad.
In order to make these cuts, Ossoff proposes to consolidate federal data centers and mobile communications, implement strategic sourcing and improve existing joint basing at the Department of Defence, improve demonstrative spending at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, improve oversight of state CMS spending, and improve management of oil and gas on federal lands.
Ossoff’s website states that under his plan, taxpayers will, “save nearly $600 billion dollars over the next decade,” by “Bringing the Government up to Private Sector Standards.” If legitimate, this plan would surely delight fiscal conservatives everywhere.
The question that begs to be answered is: Are Ossoff’s promises genuine convictions, or do they merely amount to campaign rhetoric designed to “#Flipthe6th“? In order to answer that question, it’s important to examine Ossoff’s financial backers.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, approximately 95 percent of Ossoff’s donors are from out of the state of Georgia. In addition, more than $1 million of Ossoff’s funds were raised directly by the far-left news website, the Daily Kos.
The Daily Caller puts Ossoff’s in-state contributions even lower, reporting only 3.5 percent came from within Georgia — additionally reporting that more than 14 percent of Ossoff’s donations came from the liberal strongholds of California and New York.
By contrast, the campaign of Karen Handel, Ossoff’s opponent, said that nearly 90 percent of their donations came from within Georgia.
Further troubling is the fact that Ossoff will be unable to vote in the district for which he is running. When asked about this in a CNN interview, Ossoff repeatedly dodged the question, explaining that he was living with his girlfriend near Emory University to support her.
“As soon as she finishes her medical training, I’ll be ten minutes back up the road into the district where I grew up,” Ossoff proclaimed.
Democrats see the race as a chance to make a statement on President Trump’s performance in office. As Tuesday’s special election draws nearer and nearer, the voters of Georgia’s 6th congressional district will have to decide for themselves whether Ossoff is a breath of fresh air, or simply full of hot air.