In Georgia, Looking To Take Trump Down With Great Vengeance and Furious Anger

In Georgia, Looking To Take Trump Down With Great Vengeance and Furious Anger

 
Ossoff putting his Star Wars cred to use. Photo by Dustin Chambers

Vowing to "Make Trump Furious," 30-year-old progressive Jon Ossoff is aiming for the first Democratic win since the 1970s in Georgia's longtime conservative Sixth District in Tuesday's special election to replace Dump's now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. A documentary filmmaker and former Congressional staffer, Ossoff now leads a field of 18 candidates in a "jungle primary" featuring all 18 candidates on the ballot; unless he can win 50% of the vote - possible but not probable - he would face the top Republican challenger in a June 20 runoff. If he wins to become the suburban Atlanta district's first Democratic Representative since Newt Gingrich in 1978, Ossoff would be what some supporters are dubbing "the first "Congressman of the Resistance," successfully turning grassroots, anti-Trump outrage into the kind of legislative action that could flip the power balance in the House.

Ossoff is running in a historically GOP-controlled district that four years ago voted for Mitt Romney by 24%; Trump won it by a measly 1.5%. His campaign platform includes defending Medicare, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood, protecting voting rights and the right to privacy, reforming campaign finance laws, opposing "unnecessary military intervention," and making the U.S. "a global leader against climate change." Given that many progressives see local races as "the sleeping giant" that can overturn Trump's agenda, Ossoff views the race as "a rare chance for us (to) make a statement about what we stand for, and to prove that we believe in a country that is decent and kind, compassionate, courageous and tough, that we reject fear and division, that we stand together in all of our diversity." Having raised over $3 million, often in small donations, he has broad support that includes the neighboring district's civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis, and, now, fierce actor and activist Samuel L. Jackson, who in his new radio ad for Ossoff channels his Bible-quoting sociopath in Pulp Fiction to show he ain't fooling around.

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