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GA-Sen A: Jon Ossoff (D) Hits Perdue (R) For Lying About COVID-19's Impact On Black Community

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Today, investigative journalist and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee in Georgia Jon Ossoff launched a new ad for statewide African-American radio that informs voters of Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.)’s repeated lies downplaying the risks and human toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a disproportionate impact on Georgia’s Black community. It is part of the campaign’s six-figure statewide African-American radio advertising buy.

The ad, titled “Hardest,” begins by informing Georgians that both Perdue and President Trump were briefed repeatedly on the dangers of COVID-19 in the early months of this pandemic — yet they both lied repeatedly to the public about the true scope of the threat.

According to the ad, Perdue told Georgians the risk remained “low,” even after experts had warned it was dire. In May, as the death toll spiked, Perdue continued to downplay the risks, insisting to Georgians that we wouldn’t “have a significant uptick” despite clear indications that community spread was significant and at risk of accelerating.

Ossoff has been showing Perdue no mercy in this campaign:

Jon Ossoff, challenger for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. David Perdue, is running as an anti-corruption crusader and calls Perdue the embodiment of a corrupt system.

First elected in 2014, Perdue is still in his original six-year term, but he became Georgia’s senior senator with the retirement last December of Sen. Johnny Isakson. While the special election for Isakson’s former seat, now held by appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler, is crowded with 20 candidates, there  are only three still in the race for Perdue’s seat: Democrat Ossoff, Republican Perdue and Libertarian nominee Shane Hazel. Both contests appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

“I run a 30-year-old business that investigates political corruption, organized crime and war crimes, and corruption in politics is why health insurance and drug companies are allowed to rip off our families, it’s why polluters are allowed to poison our air and our water,” Ossoff said in a phone interview Monday. “It’s why during this pandemic they’ve printed money for Wall Street while they’ve cut unemployment benefits and let emergency small business lending expire.”

And Perdue is feeling the heat:

U.S. Sen. David Perdue countered attacks that he leveraged inside information to profit off the coronavirus pandemic, airing an ad Wednesday that accuses his Democratic opponent of “lying” about his stock trades.

The 30-second spot marked the first time the Republican’s campaign has explicitly acknowledged he faced an investigation of his financial transactions in the weeks before the pandemic sparked economic turmoil.

The spot, called “Lie,” is a response to recent ads from Jon Ossoff and his allies that claim the first-term Republican benefited from a confidential briefing on the coronavirus to inform stock trades as the disease spread.

And this race, along with the other Georgia Senate race, are about to get even more heated:

A group aligned with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer unveiled a $6 million effort in Georgia geared toward mobilizing voters of color to back Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Majority Forward said Thursday it plans to partner with America Votes and national and local left-leaning organizations for a “sustained and integrated mobilization program” for the two candidates challenging Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

The program will finance digital, direct mail and radio spots to urge left-leaning voters to devise a voting plan for the November election. It’s aimed at strengthening a framework ahead of a likely January runoff in one – and possibly both – of the races.

In the other Senate race, Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) is making the case that Georgia is key to getting a Democratic Senate Majority:

Warnock is running in Georgia’s jungle primary senate seat with a total of 21 candidates. This election will determine who fills the remaining two years of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat.The top two candidates who receive the most votes will head to a runoff in January.

College students need to recognize the importance of their vote, Warnock said. He encouraged students to vote where they live and study because “Georgia needs the votes of young people,” Warnock said. One of his first two bills if elected to the U.S. Senate would be to pass the Voting Rights Act and work to “protect the integrity of our democracy.”

Warnock has been the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for the past 15 years, the same church where Martin Luther King Jr. was co-pastor with his father. Warnock also officiated the funeral of Rep. John Lewis on July 30.

Meanwhile, the GOP candidates are duking it out:

With less than 50 days before the 2020 election, U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins spoke to the University of Georgia’s College Republicans on a Zoom call Wednesday. Collins spent the majority of the time criticizing incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler while touting his political accomplishments and answering off-the-cuff questions from audience members.

The fervent Trump administration supporter attacked Loeffler —who is up five points over Collins in the polls, according to FiveThirtyEight — for not being a “true” conservative, accusing her of supporting democratic candidates who advocate for abortion rights groups and anti-gun legislation.

“When you’re trying to get Republican votes, I guess people don’t like it when you give money to Maxine Waters and you’re supposed to be a conservative Republican,” Collins said. “But that’s what you expect when you’re trying to hide something, and that’s what she is trying to hide, her record.”

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