Georgia 6th: San Francisco ‘thanks’ Ossoff in attack ad

The latest attack ad targeting Democrat Jon Ossoff doesn’t slam him for his policies. It thanks him.

The first TV ad launched by the Congressional Leadership Fund since the April 18 special election featured hipsters and hippies against a San Francisco backdrop praising Ossoff as “one of us.”

We already have Nancy Pelosi as our Congresswoman,” says one, “now you’re going to give us Jon Ossoff as our Congressman.”

The ad ends with more San Francisco flair: A streetcar wrapped with Ossoff’s picture, a peace sign and a blue banner that proclaims him “San Francisco’s Congressman.”

The ad hit the airwaves Tuesday and is part of the super PAC’s $6.5 million campaign in the suburban Atlanta district, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb. The group, which is endorsed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, claims 90 full-time door knockers supporting Republican Karen Handel’s campaign in the June 20 runoff.

It continues the trend among conservative groups linking Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who fares dismally in polls in the district. He has dismissed those attacks as “smears” from a predictable GOP playbook.

“I’ve been taking that artillery for months," Ossoff said in a recent interview, "and outperformed significantly on April 18."

Watch the ad here:

More recent AJC coverage of the 6th District race:

How the 6th District went from red to purple

A U.S. House record: Georgia’s 6th race costs $30M and counting

Paul Ryan to campaign with Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th race

A 6th District rift over the House healthcare plan in Tom Price’s old turf

Ossoff takes aim at disgruntled Republicans in Georgia’s 6th

Update: Democrats celebrate 6th District voter registration ruling

Ahead of Georgia’s Sixth District contest, a May 16 test vote

Ossoff outlines $16B plan to slash ‘wasteful spending’

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.