Update on Advertising In GA 6th

UPDATE:: Apparently there’s a thing in browsers called a cache, and if you have an out-of-date one, it can lead you to false errors on various websites, such as DanMoody.com which is working fine, as now reflected in this post. In keeping with our long-established editorial policy, we regret the error and blame others.

We posted a compare and contrast of the first round of TV ads in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District last week, and there have been some updates. As noted by 11Alive News, Karen Handel is out with a minute-plus web ad, describing Jon Ossoff as a “lightweight liberal.”

Entitled “Lightweight Liberal,” the ad takes aim at the Democratic frontrunner in the race, Democrat Jon Ossoff. Handel campaign spokesman John Porter also said the ad is designed highlight the “tax-and-spend agenda behind Jon Ossoff’s chief supporters, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer.”


Former State Senator Dan Moody supposedly has an updated commercial as well, but which we can’t find on his PERFECTLY SECURE website.

TV ad spending is already at $3.7 million in the district contest, as noted by Greg Bluestein in the AJC:

“An analysis of advertising buys shows the two biggest spenders are former state Sen. Dan Moody, who has reserved more than $1.4 million in TV time through the April 18 vote, and Democrat Jon Ossoff, who has laid out more than $1.1 million for TV and radio airtime.

The other big fish is the Congressional Leadership Fund, the House leadership-backed super PAC that has reserved nearly $1.1 million on a wave of attack ads targeting Ossoff.

Two other candidates have made smaller ad buys. Former Johns Creek Councilman Bob Gray’s campaign has spent at least $50,000 on cable TV spots, while ex-state Sen. Judson Hill has reserved about $40,000 in airtime.”

Hot take of the moment? This is the only game in the country right now, and will draw outsized attention from national media who will seek to portray it as a referendum on President Trump and the most current battlefield in the ongoing culture war between the right and the left. And any candidate whose tv advertising budget is less than seven figures is going to wind up as an also-ran, DNP.


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George Chidi
George Chidi

The word “campaign” is misspelled at the end of Handel’s ad as “campagin.” Good grief, people. First the $1 million ad buy to raise Ossoff’s profile as the dashing rebel fighting the evil empire … and now an ad that can’t spell for someone who hasn’t completed college. Normally, the education thing wouldn’t be a huge deal. But we’re talking about Georgia’s 6th district, where about 60 percent of adults have a bachelors’ degree or higher — a solid 20 percent higher than any other district in the state and 25 percent higher than the state average. If you wanted… Read more »


Handel got it right by calling Ossoff a “lightweight liberal.” This guy was a security staffer for Hank Johnson? Maybe Ossoff investigated Guam tipping over. The hat guy would make a better democrat candidate.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The attack is weakened when it comes from a perpetual candidate looking for their next taxpayer-funded paycheck.*

*Ossoff folks, you can have that tag line pro bono.


Steny Hoyer? Now there’s a name you don’t hear too often in Georgia politics.


Hmm, video has been removed from 11Alive.
What did it say? Is ‘lightweight liberal” supposed to be a knock on his experience? Because if so, coming from a Republican at this time would be pretty ridiculous.

George Chidi
George Chidi

The ad had a misspelling. The word “campaign” was misspelled. They’ve replaced the ad with one that has the correct spelling.