Super PAC doubles down on attacks linking Jon Ossoff to Nancy Pelosi

A screenshot of a Congressional Leadership Fund attack ad against Democrat Jon Ossoff.
A screenshot of a Congressional Leadership Fund attack ad against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Credit: Tamar Hallerman

Credit: Tamar Hallerman

WASHINGTON -- Polling recently commissioned by a Paul Ryan-aligned super PAC indicates that 6th District voters really dislike Nancy Pelosi. So the D.C.-based Congressional Leadership Fund is doubling down on attack ads linking Democratic front-runner Jon Ossoff to the House minority leader in Georgia's special election to replace health secretary Tom Price.

The group has been particularly active in the north Atlanta suburbs as of late, sinking $2.2 million into radio and television ads against Ossoff. Now it's out with a new digital spot this morning deeming the 30-year-old a "rubber stamp" for Pelosi's "extreme agenda" while also taking a new swipe at the Democrat's resume.

"Bigger government, more spending, higher taxes, a weaker military," the ad states. "Liberal Jon Ossoff. He's with Pelosi, not us."

A recent Leadership Fund survey estimated that Pelosi held a net favorability rating of negative 40 percent in the Georgia 6th. The group is banking that those numbers will hold when voters hit the polls on April 18, at least enough so to deny Ossoff the 50 percent of the vote needed to draw him into a two-month runoff.

Watch the ad here:

Ossoff spokesman Andy Phelan denounced the ad:

"This misleading attack is nothing more than dirty politics and shows why Georgia needs a strong, independent leader like Jon Ossoff in Congress to focus on growing Metro Atlanta's economy."

Ossoff has led the crowded, 18-person field with roughly 40 percent of the vote in recent polls. This month's race has become one of the most closely-watched in the country, since it's viewed as an early referendum on President Donald Trump.

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