WASHINGTON― Democratic House candidate Jon Ossoff said it was mostly women who propelled his surprisingly successful campaign against Republican rival Karen Handel, whom he nearly defeated in a special election Tuesday night in a historically red Georgia district.
“This is a story about women in this community,” Ossoff said after a first-place primary showing that puts him in a runoff with Handel.
“This comes down to grassroots intensity,” Ossoff added on MSNBC Wednesday. “The thousands of volunteers and organizers, so much of it led by women who have been pounding the pavement and knocking on doors for months here in Georgia, and it’s that kind of grassroots momentum that will carry us to victory on June 20.”
Handel gained notoriety in 2012, when she took aim at women’s health care as an executive at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Huffington Post has reported that she quietly drove the charity’s controversial decision to cut off grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings because of her own opposition to abortion rights. The Komen organization insisted its decision had nothing to do with abortion politics, but internal emails showed Handel instigated the move and strategized how to spin it because wanted to break ties with Planned Parenthood. Read full post