Ossoff’s Campaign Caught Stretching The Truth Again

The campaign of Jon Ossoff, a Democratic congressional candidate in #GA06, appears to have sent an email to supporters saying that Nate Silver, founder and editor of FiveThirtyEight, made the statement that the road to winning back the House starts with #GA06.  A photo of the email’s headline was posted to Twitter with at tag back to Nate Silver:

Nate Silver took exception to that statement…because he didn’t say it. Although, he put it a little more colorfully (Warning: somewhat strong language below the fold):

This is not the first time Ossoff has been caught stretching the truth.  He, at best, over-inflated his credentials as having five years of national security experience. Politifact rates it as a “half-truth” whereas former UN Ambassador John Bolton doesn’t it buy it at all.  That’s not to say that Ossoff is the first (or the last) to pad a resume to look more appealing, but Democrats are desperate to flip a very Republican district in a special election.  That’s why you see the dump trucks dumping millions of dollars into Ossoff’s campaign coffers on the off-chance he’s actually successful.

Election Day is next Tuesday, so there’s time for him to conjure up another false narrative for a trifecta.

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George Chidi
George Chidi

Republican advertising has been trying to link Jon Ossoff to support for Al-Qaida, of all things. Please forgive me for choosing not to take this all that seriously.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Add to that the ad was run by CLF. The head of CLF is Norm Coleman, chief lobbyist for Saudi Arabia.

George Chidi
George Chidi

Consider the NRA radio ad that claims Ossoff was born, raised and educated in Washington D.C.

This is a lie. A flat lie. A big, ugly, easily-disproven lie. And yet … there it is. And there will be no peals of outrage from the right at the prevarications, because those lies serve the greater purpose of keeping the seat in the hands of a Republican. Maybe.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If we’re comparing falsehoods in this campaign, this email is nowhere near the top tier. The “Ossoff and Osama Bin Laden made out at senior prom” ad is one of the most disgusting falsehoods I’ve seen in my time in politics and reeks of desperation on the part of the GOP.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I don’t know what the Ossoff camp used as a base of their claim, but it could be something like this: “But this is the type of district where Democrats probably need to do well in 2018 if they have any chance of taking back the majority in the House.” https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/whats-going-on-in-the-first-house-elections-of-the-trump-era/ The error is in framing Silver’s commentary as an act of advocacy/endorsement. But Ossoff’s job is to advocate, and he is free to do so based upon Silver’s commentary. The paraphrasing of the commentary itself seems legit. The only ppl this overreach in presentation would seem to properly offend… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

By “dump trucks” do you mean the $8.2 million Ossoff has received in individual donations? Seeing as the individual limit is $2,700, I think a regular pickup or, heck, a bicycle, is a much more efficient way of delivering the money to the Ossoff campaign.

David C
David C

Indeed: Irony of ironies, the biggest people on the air for the GOP are SuperPACs with unlimited contribution limits, i.e. the places where one person can and does literally line up a dump truck full of cash for them to spend on campaign ads.

David C
David C

I mean, if John Bolton, the guy so extreme he couldn’t even get confirmed by a 55-45 GOP Senate and who just happens to run a GOP SuperPAC, says something bad about John Ossoff, that’s clearly an objective observer there…

xdog
xdog

Yeah, in defense of Nathan I understand the need for partisans to be partisan, but Bolton is the kind of goper who looks good only by comparison to the likes of Michael Flynn or Pam Geller or I guess the CD 6 faithful. Revoltin’.

chamblee54
chamblee54

Nate Silver’s fifteen minutes are over. It is time to ignore him.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Odd that you would be harsh on Nate Silver for self-defense of his own science/art. Like him or not, whatever. But the harshness communicates something else, what idk. He still has one of the highest quality models of polling science around.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

That is a fake ad. It didnt come from the Ossoff campaign. I thought I had seen something about it last night…good try though