The Democrats are looking at a 30 year old to grab a key House seat in Georgia
Patricia Murphy, pens stories for The Daily Beast as well as Roll Call, she is a very gifted and entertaining writer who we are happy to have as a guest on The Politically Incorrect Podcast. We talk about the rebuilding of the Democratic Party, the crazy happening on Capitol Hill and if starting with the Repealing and Replacing of Obamacare could be a hill the GOP might just die on.
She wrote a great Daily Beast story on how the Democrats could find-out very soon if their Resistance movement can change the party’s future. Murphy wrote about how this change could come about in of all places the state of Georgia.
The candidate is 30-year-old Jon Ossoff a Democrat who has raised two million dollars to fight and win the seat most recently held by Tom Price, the newly minted Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Now the concept of a Democrat winning the seat is far from an easy task. As a matter of fact, no Democrat has represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional District since Newt Gingrich won the seat in 1978, and since then the reliably conservative district, which now spans from east Cobb County to north DeKalb County, has launched the congressional careers of Johnny Isakson and Tom Price.
But what has encouraging to the Democrats is the in 2016 Donald Trump won the district by only one percentage point over Hillary Clinton. Back in 2008, Mitt Romney won the district by 25 points, so clearly the demographics are changing in favor of the Democrats.
A north DeKalb native, Ossoff was a 17-year-old student at the Paideia School when he read U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ autobiography and, on a whim, wrote a letter asking for a job. Within months he was interning in the Atlanta Democrat’s Washington office.
He went on to college at Georgetown and part of his education was at the London School of Economics. He speaks French and talks passionately of the need for “extremely competent constituent service” — Ossoff’s tone doesn’t match the anti-Trump outcry from those who want an all-out battle against the president.
But make no mistake about it his has the looks and the ability to be a rising star in the new Democratic Party. But this still is an uphill battle because the Republican Party is still very strong in the district.