Georgia on our Minds: Jon Ossoff Enters the Final Stretch

Ossoff is seeking to flip Georgia's 6th congressional district in the June 20th special election

Jon Ossoff Enters Final Stretch

30-year-old Jon Ossoff hadn’t even been born yet when Ray Charles first crooned the soulful, sultry tones of “Georgia on my Mind” in 1960, a time rife with racial tension and radical change. While the tune became the official state song of Georgia in the 1970s, it is representative of the vibrant African American music and culture scene that was born and cultivated there. One might never know that a deep cultural, racial, and class divide has been allowed to fester in the state, one that it’s Republican-controlled legislators and members of Congress have long failed to address.

The state’s poverty rate is one of the worst in the nation, a problem that disproportionately affects African American communities, and with the exception of Representative John Lewis, a civil rights hero and icon in his own right, the old conservatives Republicans who make up the majority of the state’s government, including GOP Senators (no-names Isakson and Perdue) and Representatives fly under the radar. In fact, they’ve encouraged a deepening racial divide with the recent passage of racist voter ID laws that are seeking to suppress African Americans, who make up a large percentage of the state’s population, from casting their vote,

That’s until Jon Ossoff entered the race to fill a seat held in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District left vacant by Donald Trump cabinet appointee Tom Price. Price is now the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services working on Trumpcare.

The catch? Ossoff is a Democrat. He’s 30. And he’s lighting this special election ablaze.

Indeed, Jon Ossoff has become somewhat of an overnight sensation, drawing attention and fundraising dollars from across the nation. What was originally viewed as a referendum on Trumpcare now looks to be a referendum on the Trump administration as a whole, and even to serve as a predictor of what will come in the upcoming 2018 mid-term congressional elections. Democrats and other Trump detractors know that impeachment will never happen with a Republican-controlled legislature. 2018 is the only real opportunity to unseat Mr. Trump, whose administration has been plagued with scandal and impropriety, from his violations of emoluments clause, his time on Trump properties and carelessness with highly classified information, to the potential collusion with the Russian government to hack the 2016 presidential election. Nevertheless, 2018 looks to be it, and that is going to be an uphill climb.

So it falls on Ossoff to light the match. The recent polling suggests he is in a dead heat with a slight edge over Republican challenger Karen Handel, who he easily trounced in their televised debates, but who is benefiting from a recent injection of cash from the likes of the DeVos family. And as we have now seen occurred in Wisconsin in the 2016 presidential election, new racist voter-ID laws are threatening to suppress the racial vote in a way that some are saying may affect the outcome.

Check out Ossoff smoking his opponent in their recent debate:

Br0s4America is proud to have offered Jon Ossoff our endorsement early on in the election season. If you would like to help the Osoff campaign, visit electjon.com. There are plenty of opportunities to phone bank and early voting is open until tomorrow, June 15th.

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Named one of OUT Magazine's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors of 2017, Alex Mohajer is a controversial political writer and commentator whose unapologetic post-election commentary has made him one of the most shared contributors at The Huffington Post. He is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bros4America (formerly Bros4Hillary), a progressive advocacy organization that gained national recognition during the 2016 presidential election for its efforts to elect Hillary Clinton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley where he studied politics with progressive champion Robert Reich, and a Juris Doctorate from from Chapman University School of Law, where he studied constitutional law with conservative hero Hugh Hewitt. While in law school, he was fittingly awarded "Most Likely To Be Held in Contempt" by his graduating class. He has been interviewed for or featured on The Fox News Channel, PolitiFact, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, LA and NY Times, AfterBuzz TV, OUT and Instinct Magazine(s), Dan Savage Blog, TheWrap, Yahoo News, New York Public Radio, The David Pakman Show, The Ann Walker Show, and more. Named by LGBTQ Nation to their Top 8 People Working to Elect Hillary Clinton. Alex is an author, public/motivational speaker, and an award-winning singer, actor, and solo artist who was nominated for a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Male Cabaret Artist. Alex lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Bruce Wayne. Press inquiries and bookings: press@bros4america.com