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Conservative PAC links Jon Ossoff to Scalise shooting in attack ad
On the eve of the high-stakes congressional runoff election in Georgia, a PAC supporting Republican candidate Karen Handel is attempting to use last week’s shooting at a baseball practice to securing victory in the long-time GOP stronghold.
Over the weekend, Principled PAC — which touts itself as a group of “principled conservatives who have the backbone to stand up to the Washington elite” — released an ad linking Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to the shooting, which left four wounded, including Majority Chief Whip Steve Scalise (who, as of Monday, was reportedly no longer in critical condition after undergoing several surgeries). Both Handel and Ossoff have condemned the ad, which starts with the sounds of gunshots and graphic footage showing Scalise bloodied and being taken away on a stretcher. “The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans,” a text overlay says. “When will it stop? It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday.” The ad then shows an image of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed head resembling President Donald Trump (a gag that she was heavily criticized for), against a backdrop of incendiary comments made by presumed “leftists” on social media, such as “RESIST THE FASCIST TAKEOVER!!!!! STRING UP THE COLLABORATORS!”
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