The day before the high-stakes congressional runoff election in Georgia, an ad is being played that links Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to Wednesday’s shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice.
The ad was produced by Principled PAC, a PAC that supports Karen Handel, the Republican candidate. This PAC considers themselves to be “principled conservatives who have the backbone to stand up to the Washington elite”
In the ad, it shows Steve Scalise (R-La.) on a stretcher after the shooting with sounds of the gunshots.
The narrator starts out the ad by saying, “The unhinged Left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans.”
“When will it stop? It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday,” the narrator continues.
Then it shows pictures and a video of Kathy Griffin holding a fake bloody severed head of Trump with a screenshot of a letter in the background that reads “Resist the Fascist takeover. String up the collaborators.”
The ad then goes on to assert “these same leftists are all for Ossoff, and if he wins, they win.”
“Stop Jon Ossoff. Stop Nancy Pelosi. Vote Karen Handel for Congress,” the narrator concludes.
Ossoff criticized the ad calling it “disgraceful” and called for Handel to take down the ad.
“The man is fighting for his life. I think it’s disgraceful to politicize it, and I think Secretary Handel should call for it to come down,” Ossoff said when he was talking to a small group of reporters after a canvassing launch at his Chamblee field office.
“You have a national tragedy that has united people. There are still people who are in critical condition. It’s just got no place in an attack ad.”
The special election will be held on Tuesday to fill in the seat that was once held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. According to a WSB Landmark Communications poll, Ossoff is leading Handel by less than 2 points, 49.7 percent to 48 percent. This race is considered to be the most expensive House race in history. The two have spent nearly $50 million each on their campaigns.
You can watch the ad below: