Once seen as a rising star in Georgia while taking on republican Karen Handle in the expensive 2017 special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Jon Ossoff, 32, has announced he will run for United States Senate with hopes to replace current Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).
In a campaign video launched Tuesday announcing his bid, Ossoff said, “We believe the battle that began in Georgia in 2017 will be won in Georgia in 2020 when we flip the Senate and win the White House.”
According to CNN, Jon Ossoff is a former congressional staffer and documentary filmmaker, who never served public office, yet quickly emerged as an online fundraising superstar. The documentarian has the early support of Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon for whom Ossoff worked as a congressional aide.
According to a recent Fox News article, Jon Ossoff’s previous URL was bought by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), and linked to an opinion piece published by the Washington Examiner. This piece highlighted Ossoff’s answers questions based on his misleading resume
The rising star turned heads in 2017, claiming in an advertisement, “I’ve got five years of experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. Congress… I held a top-secret security clearance.”
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler rated Ossoff’s claims as misleading, noting Ossoff didn’t actually hold a top-secret clearance for all five years he worked in Congress, rather just five months.
Kessler went on to say, “Ossoff did not even work on the staff of a major committee, such as Armed Services or International Relations. Instead he was an aide to a relatively low-ranking member of Congress.”
Jon Ossoff also has a competitive primary ahead of the November 2020 election, where he plans to square off against former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry and Sarah Riggs Aimco, a businesswoman who lost her bid for Lt. Governor.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) announced earlier this year he would be stepping down at the end of 2019, many years before his term expires. This vacated seat will allow the peach state Gov. Brian Kemp to appoint a senator to run in a special election in November 2020.