Jon Ossoff Slams Opponent On Planned Parenthood Drama In Georgia Congress Debate

"If we can't trust Jon Ossoff to tell the truth about his own resume, we can't trust him to protect us in Congress". Motivating the same voters - many of whom backed other Republicans in the primary - to support Handel may prove problematic when there is so little room for error.

Milt Tambor, chair of the Metro Atlanta chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, a left-wing organization that has not endorsed anyone in the race, offered a similar assessment. Alan Abramowitz, Emory University.

HANDEL: And in regards to Komen, for anyone to think that as one individual employee, I was able to make a magic wand and make something like that happen.

Handel countered that Ossoff's residency outside the district is a concern to voters.

Handel seized on that turn of phrase.

"This is an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative: I do not support a livable wage", she said on Atlanta's WSB-TV in response to a viewer question about raising the minimum wage.

She added that she instead wants "an economy that is robust with low taxes and regulation".

Look, if someone's working a 40 hour work week they deserve the kind of standard of living that Americans expect. "He believes that government mandates create jobs and higher wages".

Ossoff discussed his current residency during a debate with his Republican opponent, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, two weeks before their June 20 runoff election.

Ossoff then said that he has addressed his place of residence "transparently" throughout his campaign. What she needed to say was that not every job is meant to have a "living wage" because not every job is fitted for one person to raise an entire family on.

The special runoff election for Georgia's 6th Congressional district will be held June 20 to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, who's now the Health and Human Services Secretary. And Ossoff - who supports Planned Parenthood and women's health care - was absolutely right to challenge her on her record because obviously, she has no good answer. As HuffPost's Laura Bassett reported at the time, in February 2012, Handel was the driving force behind Komen's disastrous decision. The minimum wage in Georgia's sixth district in the state of Georgia actually, is $5.15 an hour. Price won re-election in November by 23 percentage points. Price carried the district, which is affluent and more than 80 percent white, by more than 23 points last November - nearly the exact margin Ford enjoyed when he last carried his MI seat.

Time and again, the contrast Tuesday night was between what Handel has done and what Ossoff can merely claim he'll try to do. Republican orthodoxy is that minimum wage hikes will result in job losses. The super PAC aligned with the Democratic House leadership, the House Majority PAC, hasn't spent any money in the Georgia race, but a nonprofit group supporting Democrats has.

Despite trying to keep the election focused on local issues, Ossoff has been unable to escape the national spotlight as he is seen by some to be the savior of an ailing Democratic party.

  • Larry Hoffman