The guy who received thousands from Planned Parenthood is attacking Karen Handel's record
Democrat Jon Ossoff's latest ad in the runoff for Congressional District 6 takes a direct shot at Republican Karen Handel's influence over the Susan G. Komen Foundation's decision in 2012 to cut funds to Planned Parenthood. Featuring Mindy Fine, a WellStar OBGYN, the video accuses Handel's action against Planned Parenthood of being "unforgivable." Not surprisingly, Ossoff has received significant support from the abortion provider.
In April, Planned Parenthood offered their endorsement of Ossoff, with one spokesperson saying he is the "is the only candidate we trust to fight attacks on access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers." Prior to the special election, Ossoff had already received $200,000 in outside help from the abortion provider. The funds were spent on direct mail and canvassing efforts to flip the Sixth District. Since then, the group has spent at least $176,000 more boosting the Democrat's campaign.
"We always knew Jon Ossoff would lie and distort in order to get back to Washington. I am proud to have advocated for women's health issues for virtually my entire adult life and will fight every day in Congress for Georgia women and their families," Handel said in a statement to Roll Call.
Ossoff’s campaign hasn’t shied away from supporting the controversial organization. In a March interview with Flippable, the Democrat hopeful said that he would be an “unyielding defender of Planned Parenthood.
His campaign manager, Keenan Pontoni, also confirmed as much during a speaking engagement with the University of Georgia Young Democrats.
“We say right out that we’re going to protect Planned Parenthood. He says no to repealing Obamacare,” said Pontoni, according to the Red and Black. “That is a hard stance to outfront take in a district that has historically voted Republican.”
The Sixth District is known for electing staunch pro-life Republicans like Newt Gingrich, Johnny Isakson, and Tom Price. Though, most of Ossoff’s campaign funds haven’t come from the district.
Of $8 million that Ossoff reported raising prior to the runoff, 95 percent came from out of state donors. At least $500,000 came from California and $400,000 was given from New York.