The Republican Party’s senatorial campaign arm trolled a newly-announced Senate Democratic candidate in Georgia by purchasing the web domain with his name.
In a tweet published Wednesday morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) Twitter account published a tweet asking, “Who did this,” with a smirking, side-eye emoji.
The tweet also included a link to a web domain centered around Georgia Democratic senatorial candidate Jon Ossoff‘s name.
— The Senate Majority (@NRSC) September 10, 2019
However, when the link is clicked on, it redirects to a 2017 opinion piece from the Washington Examiner regarding a Washington Post fact-check. The piece is on the resume that Ossoff touted during his failed House special election bid that year, in which the Post gave him ” one Pinocchio.”
Georgia, I'm running for Senate.
Political corruption threatens our republic and the future of the planet.
The battle we *began* in Georgia in 2017 will be *won* in Georgia in 2020 when we win the White House and the Senate.
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) September 10, 2019
According to the Post’s Fact Checker scale, “one Pinocchio” means that a claim has “some omissions and exaggerations, but no outright falsehoods.”
The op-ed pointed out that Ossoff had told voters while campaigning that he had “five years of experience” working in Congress as a “national security staffer” and that he had “held [a] top-secret security clearance.”
The chief writer of the Post’s famous “The Fact Checker,” Glenn Kessler, wrote in his piece that it was “not very likely” the average voter in that race understood that Ossoff only had his security clearance for “less than half a year.”
Kessler also wrote that Ossoff “declaring himself a ‘senior national security staffer’ is also bit too much resume puffery.”
“Ossoff did not even work on the staff of a major committee, such as Armed Services or International Relations,” continued Kessler. “Instead, he was an aide to a relatively low-ranking member of Congress.”
NRSC Spokesman Nathan Brand told Fox News that the website, JonOssoff.com, will be up and running through Ossoff’s campaign and it would contain “all the details” of the Democrat candidate’s “resume.”
“JonOssoff.com will have all the details about Jon Ossoff’s resume,” said Brand. “Since Ossoff is a serial resume inflator, voters will need a good source for all the news about Ossoff’s misleading claims and left-wing views.”
Some on Twitter got their shots in on the NRSC buying up Ossoff’s name web domain, with one user calling it “amazing.”
He really didn't buy his own url. Amazing.
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 10, 2019
This is a good point.
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 11, 2019
So funny to me that DC people
/punditry class think Ossoff is a superstar in the state because of 2017 special election. Vast majority of Georgians don't know who this guy is https://t.co/PxSCVhJeTT
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) September 11, 2019
Ossoff's performance in that special election was fine relative to the partisanship of the district, FWIW, but looks quite a bit worse given that Lucy McBath was actually able to win the seat last November.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 10, 2019
Ossoff lost to former Rep. Karen Handel (R-Ga.) during a 2017 special election in the Peach State. As IJR previously reported, Ossoff had reportedly spent nearly $40 million in his failed electoral bid.