So far, the storyline of the Sixth District congressional race has focused on Jon Ossoff, and whether the young first-time candidate can consolidate his Democratic vote, tap the anti-Trump angst of GOP women and independents, and win the north metro Atlanta contest outright on April 18.
But there’s a subplot that hasn’t been fully explored, in part because it’s still taking shape. And that is how a President Donald Trump has changed the way Republicans define conservatism. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin takes a crack at it this morning:
Even as they try to win over the sort of conservative activists dedicated enough to participate in a rare April election, the Republicans are casting themselves more as can-do pragmatists in the spirit of Mr. Trump than unwavering ideologues. At [last week’s Atlanta Press Club] forum and in individual interviews afterward, three of the Republicans in the 18-person field invoked some variation of Ronald Reagan’s maxim that it is better to get 80 percent of what you want than nothing at all.
Few embraced the Tea Party moniker. And none of the highest-polling candidates pledged to join the Freedom Caucus, the hard-line conservative group whose uncompromising ideology helped derail Mr. Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
One of the few exceptions to this has been the conservative Club for Growth PAC, which was one of the conservative, Washington-based groups to align itself with the Freedom Caucus and lobby against the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act — because it didn’t go far enough.
Club for Growth has endorsed Bob Gray, a Republican and former Johns Creek city councilman — but has gone out of its way to focus on one of his rivals, former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel. Until now.
Mailers sent out this week took a shot at both Handel and former state Sen. Dan Moody as a “two-headed tax-and-spend monster” backed by lobbyists. It’s a sign that Moody is rising in the polls as Republicans compete for what could be one June 20 runoff spot against Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Handel’s husband, Steve, shot back at the group in a Twitter message:
If you’re one of the dozens of political consultants with a dog in the April 18 fight over the Sixth District, your eyes will be on Kansas tomorrow, when that state’s Fourth District goes to the polls to fill a congressional vacancy created by a different Trump administration cabinet pick.
The Kansas Fourth went heavily for Donald Trump last November, compared to 48 percent for Trump in the Georgia Sixth. Even if Democrats don’t flip the Fourth, both parties will be looking at the final margin on Tuesday to gauge the impact of any anti-Trump backlash in Georgia and elsewhere later this month. From the Associated Press:
The nation’s first congressional election since President Donald Trump’s victory is taking place next week for a seat Republicans have held for two decades in a south-central Kansas district Trump carried with 60 percent of the vote.
But while the race in the heavily Republican district makes the state’s GOP Treasurer Ron Estes the expected front-runner, his Democratic rival James Thompson, a civil rights attorney, is hoping Estes’ ties to the state’s unpopular governor will sway enough voters to pull off an upset. Also in the mix is a long-shot bid by Libertarian Chris Rockhold, a flight simulator instructor.
A last-minute ad buy this week of nearly $100,000 by the National Republican Congressional Committee may signal the GOP’s anxiety over a House seat from the heavily Republican district.
Tuesday’s election in Kansas will determine who fills the vacancy created when Trump chose former U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo as his CIA director.
A couple of interesting robo-calls are rippling hrough the voicemail inboxes of residents in Georgia’s Sixth District.
The first is from Ending Spending, the conservative PAC backing Republican Karen Handel’s campaign. Take a listen for yourself below, but try not to laugh. First the narrator mispronounces the candidate’s name, twice calling her Han-del rather than Han-del. Then, there’s the matter of DeKalb County. It’s de-cab, not de-calb:
We don’t have a copy of the second, but Gov. Nathan Deal has recorded a message urging Republicans to vote ahead of the April 18 election — though he isn’t endorsing a specific candidate.
One reason we’re told the two-term governor was asked to wade into the contest: He polls higher among voters in the suburban Atlanta district than any of the 11 GOP contenders on the ballot.
You can’t make this up:
Atlanta mayoral financial disclosures will soon be made public, and City Councilwoman Mary Norwood is out the gate with news of her financial haul for the two-month reporting period ending March 31.
Norwood, who narrowly lost to Kasim Reed in 2009, raised more than $250,000 since Feb. 1 and will report more than $530,000 cash on hand. That’s a solid financial position for Norwood, who leads the polls in the crowded field to succeed a term-limited Reed.
If you want to get a rise out of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, mention Vincent Fort’s name at his next press conference.
That’s sort of what happened on Friday at Reed’s announcement on Friday of the city’s growing rainy day funds when a TV reporter invoked the mayoral candidate’s name.
“You and I should bet a dollar on a dozen doughnuts that he doesn’t qualify for the office of mayor,” Reed told the reporter. He went on to describe Fort as a “disaster” in the state Senate who would be a “disaster” as mayor.
Fort took the opportunity to strike back in a lengthy statement:
“The mayor has been more interested in megaprojects and the needs of billionaire sports team owners than in the needs of our neighborhoods and the people who live in them. All one needs to know about Mayor Reed’s administration is this: It is currently the subject of three criminal investigations that we know about.”
my Aunty Annabelle got a stunning blue Mercedes CLS-Class CLS63 AMG just by some part-
time working online with a pc… go to this site……
Wish ‘Gilligan’ would come back out to play…
Miss kickin that fool.
Jon Ossoff = Nancy Pelosi John Lewis. Just more childish.
It’ll be plenty enough in the Sixth District. LOL.
that does appear to be what y’all are hoping for . . .
BTW, is the Ossoff kid still as scrawny as in his infamous “Han Solo” videos?
yeah, yeah, yeah . . . that’s about all y’all have to go with.
oh, wait, you forgot soros. y’all are slipping. but booger likes you so all’s good in yous guys’ world.
ah, such the shallow man you are.
“Yes I’m a Georgia Democrat and proud of it”–The voice of the future
Gilligan, consummedalot,NowaDickhead, Boronvontwit, ‘yella belly’ are all heading up to North Carolina to gather in a ‘user friendly ‘ port-a-potty and boo-hoo about the state of the Demo-dumbazz Party …..
Pass me a piece of a**whipe PLEASE!!!
who you kidding, you just lick it up.
Jon Ossoff’s mere days away from obscurity once again.
Democrats throw their losers under the bus.
And I love it. …..and kicking your b-s crap.
And the GOP elects theirs to POTUS. Go figure.
aw, bless your heart, you got nothing to say . .
what’s it to you? got tired of reading everyone complain i was always here. stayed away to see what might change . . . and y’all are still fixated on the same ol’ bs you’ve been fixated on. kinda sad. kinda pathetic. but, hey, it’s your life. enjoy it . . . or not.
Time for you to run before he comes back….
Run . . . from what?
fixiated on Assoff, yeah nothing has changed…POS …your kind.
you still got that habit of double posting . . . starved for attention is no way to go through life son
You would certainly be speaking from experience.
I am sick of the GOP lies and obstructionism. Trump is an absolute embarrassment. We badly need some new representation in Georgia.
@IggyDad Yeah, someone with the traits of Obama…damn if you aint brilliant.
Karen Handel is a barren woman.
@ccboe51994 Just like Boog.
Republican candidate’s in the 6th are clueless!
@NeboSuki Like You, Nowadick?
8.5 Million in Liberal money wasted. I hope Ossoff makes the next round so he can throw more money after bad.
Nancy Pelosi has plenty of dumb rich friends. Though not nearly enough to buy the Ossoff kid a seat in Congress.
NowaDick sez to Gilligan…
GET YOUR ASSOFF ME I’M SMOTHERING!!!
Now back to our little debate “BOY”. How do you fell about General Sherman killing all those confederates? I’m proving that you’re nothing but a Dixiecrat pretending to be Republican. I think Lincoln and Sherman were great Republicans do you feel the same or are you one of those traitorous Dixiecrat/Rinos?
You’re certainly not winning any votes for your childish friend Ossoff, old man.
You can’t deny that Gilligan, you were in the front seat.
Eat your peanuts and Coke and face forward, do not look back….
Again, I don’t know your mom but check with the sanitation dept. LOL
Sorry “BOY” but the mama jokes don’t bother me one bit. Now back to our debate. What do you think of Sherman ? LOL
Sorry “BOY” you have to come a little better than that. LOL
Answer me Gilligan.
Now, back to our debate. I’m more Republican than any Rino posting here since the mention of General Sherman puts the fear of God in you maggots or was it the ones that proceeded you that he scared shitless..
Talk to your mother about your disabilites.
“BOY” I’m just getting started. Sorry to disappoint.
You have to come a little better booger. Now back to our debate. Which side did your folks fight for the North or the South?
If you say the South you’re either the offspring of Dixiecrats or a RINO since you’re definitely not Republican. LOL
Poor booger. You seem to be butt-hurt.. So what is it “BOY” about you not having a core. Are you ashame to admit that your side lost? LOL
Was it more fun going down on Obama or Hillary?
Is that all you got or are you butt-hurt too since Ossoff will win going away.
Sorry to disappoint but I’m in my thirties.
I think Melania is in a better position to answer that one.
Mushell = Ape
You’ll have to discuss that with Muschell. Next….
Why not change your name on here to Gilligan?
Another true statement…..
Hey “BOY” you need to come a little better since the mama jokes don’t work and the Gilligan thingy ain’t getting it done.
@booger hux and a single gay male. You forgot to mention that, Boog.
@booger hux Boog, you REALLY should act on your homosexual desires.
But, that’s the demoshit in you…Spin again, it’s your turn Gilligan……
I’ll handle booger. He’s just an old offspring of a Dixiecrat that seem to have gotten lost and can’t make his way back to that right-wing cesspool called Breitbart.
@TrumPutin you got it. Think Boog’s in love with you
I don’t mind the name calling or jumping in the right wing cesspool with him.
Ol Booger Hux gets both twits pissed off, pink pastels in a wad….
Hey “BOY” the only thing you need is to have a portrait of Sherman in your living room with this quote underneath it.
War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.
Hey booger. Please step away from that crack pipe. You’re delusional if you think you’re bothering me. LOL
Want some more?? BEND OVER BOY !!!
Demoshit. what happened to NowaDick?
You getting your butt bashed by RetiredSoldier.
and the scat fetish materializes quickly in response . . . sad.
that’s why you have to post so often, right? because you’ve shot us all in the barrel such that we’re afraid to come here any more so you can post your inane bs unfettered. whatevers. like your boy donald, you’re just little punks.
Shooting fish in barrel
yup . . . as in “a worthless person”.
lord, they’re still letting you prance around and talk smack about most everyone here without contributing anything to the discussion . . . kinda sad.
have a great day fantasizing about the man you never were.
lil’ johnny trying to put on his big boy pants . . . and failing once again.
but keep stroking…. another misfire…