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Little-Known Democrat Leading Race to Replace Rep. Tom Price

The Washington Post

By    |   Monday, 10 Apr 2017 10:40 PM

The race for the U.S. House seat in Georgia left open by the appointment of former Rep. Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services is being led by a 30-year-old Democrat who has never held elective office.

That has led many to ask just who is Jon Ossoff, a former aide to Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.

But lack of name recognition does not seem to be hurting Ossoff, whose campaign has raked in an incredible $8.3 million, largely from groups opposed to President Donald Trump. Ossoff has been a critic of the president.

Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which includes wealthy Atlanta suburbs, has not elected a Democrat in nearly 40 years, but with five Democrats and 11 Republicans running in an April 18 open election, Ossoff leads in one poll with 43 percent support. The nearest opponent is a distant 15 percent.

If no one wins at least 50 percent of this month's vote, the top two candidates will face off in a runoff June 20.

Ossoff is not without controversy. The Washington Post's Fact Checker gave him one Pinocchio for giving the impression he has held a top secret security clearance for five years.

"I've got five years of experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. Congress. I held top secret security clearance," Ossoff said during a meet and greet with supporters.

Though Ossoff's statement is not factually inaccurate, he held the clearance for only five months of his five years as a congressional staffer — and half of that time as a staffer was a part-time position he held while attending college.

"A casual listener might assume he had the clearance for the entire five years he was a 'national security aide' — although, as we noted, he always appears careful to not connect the two in the same sentence," the Fact Checker wrote.

PolitiFact Georgia also rated Ossoff's statement "Half-true."

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