The race to replace HHS Director Mike Price as the Representative from Georgia’s 6th District is heating up and the polls show a deadlocked race.
The neck-and-neck nature of the race means that these last few days before the special election are particularly important and the debate between the two candidates held more importance than a local debate usually does. Which is good news for Republican Karen Handel who just whalloped her Democrat opponent, Jon Ossoff, in the only debate that Ossoff agreed to do. Ossoff’s terrible performance in the debate is likely why he chose to refuse to participate in a nationally televised CNN debate, and it’s more evidence that he is not cut out for the job he’s applying for.
The debate format allowed Handel to come out of the gate and steamroll Ossoff with one little question…“So Jon, I guess what I would like to know is exactly who are you going to vote for in this election?” See, Ossoff doesn’t actually live in the district, so he can’t even vote for himself, and it’s become a sore spot for his campaign.
Ossoff embarrassingly stumbled his way through an answer while attacking Handel for being born in Washington, D.C. Handel calmly explained that the voters in Georgia’s 6th are very worried about electing a carpetbagger like Ossoff, and that she had no power to control where she was born… but she (and he) have chosen where they live. The moment was powerful as it reminded voters that Ossoff was “CHOOSING” to live outside the district, while Handel had been choosing to live there for years.
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Handel continued the beatdown by explaining the real reason that Ossoff decided to refuse to debate her on CNN. Playing off his excuse for not living in the district, Handel pressed her attack.
“Actually, it is of concern to the voters of the 6th district that you do not live in our community. And while I was born in Washington, D.C., I didn’t get to pick where I was born but the fact is I’ve been in Georgia almost as long as you’ve even been alive. You might live just five miles outside of the district but your values are nearly 3,000 miles away in San Francisco, and that’s why so many of your contributions have come from liberals from California, New York and Massachusetts. It’s why you’re supported by Nancy Pelosi, and folks it matters… It’s no wonder that my opponent didn’t want to do the Atlanta press club debate — it was going to be aired on CNN where all folks from around the country, all of his liberal supporters were going to see it and the fake Jon Ossoff was going to collide with the real Jon Ossoff who is a Nancy Pelosi-backed liberal.“
Watch, cringe, and enjoy.
Later, Ossoff tried to fight back, but his efforts ended up backfiring. When Ossoff attacked Handel, calling her a career politician, she responded by highlighting her record and again reminding voters that Ossoff was an empty suit whose campaign was purchased by liberals in Hollywood.
Responding to his charge that she was a career politician, Handel said:
“My record is one of results — in the private sector and in public service. As chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners I was able to balance a budget without tax increases and Jon, I did that without a Republican majority, working with Democrats. As CEO of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce I helped create tens of thousands of jobs with the economic development program.
My opponent here, he just talks about it. He talks about cutting spending, I’ve actually done it, reducing the budget in the secretary of state’s office by nearly 20 percent. What we need is someone who knows how to get the job done, someone with real experience. What we don’t need is a career staffer who was a junior staffer for [Democratic congressman] Hank Johnson.”
Handel did have one major slip up that is getting a lot of play on liberal airwaves. At one point in the debate the topic turned to a “guaranteed living wage” (basically taxpayers paying so that everyone is making a guaranteed income – whether or not they work). Handel’s response to the topic was poorly worded and she ended up saying, and I quote, “I do not support a livable wage.” While this is, of course, not what she meant to say… it’s what liberals have been snickering about all day long. The truth is that Handel does not support a taxpayer funded (socialist state) guaranteed income, but she does support improving our economy so that every working American can earn a wage that will allow them to support their family and save for their future.
The race is deadlocked, and the latest polls show Ossoff with a slim 1-point lead… but with a margin of error of more than 4%, the reality is that this race is a pure toss-up.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 1, 2017
If you can provide any support for Karen Handel, please do. This race is important and it could have huge implications on the legislation moving through the House in the Fall.
You can see the whole debate below: