The conservative American Rising PAC seized on the
accusing him of falsely claiming he had top-secret clearance for all five years, though there is no evidence he ever made that assertion.
At his event Thursday, Ossoff called the criticism a “partisan smear by Washington super PACs” and said he worked for Johnson for five years “to keep our country and our state safe" with the military and intelligence agencies.
“I was granted a top-secret clearance by the U.S. Department of Defense to work on particularly sensitive programs,” said Ossoff. “I stand by my record – I will put up my national security qualifications and credentials against anyone else in this race.”
Republicans are increasingly fighting over what appears to be one slot in a likely June 20 runoff between the two top vote-getters to represent the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb.
Rival candidates see Ossoff, with a "Make Trump Furious" campaign and more than $3.5 million in contributions, as a shoo-in for the other spot. But his hopes for an outright win to avoid a runoff are much dimmer; most polls show him hovering around the 40 percent mark.
Insider's note: This was ripped and expanded from the Morning Jolt.
More AJC coverage of the Sixth District race:
An 18-candidate debate shows how jumbled Georgia special election is
Republicans, Democrats target Ossoff in Georgia special election
How outside forces play an outsized role in Georgia’s 6th District race
House GOP health care plan divides Sixth District candidates
Jon Ossoff rattles conservatives in race for Georgia’s Sixth
Watch the American Rising video: