GOP group slams Ossoff as Pelosi's 'yes man' in Georgia House race ad

Democrat Jon Ossoff is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) "yes man," a top House GOP super PAC says in an ad attacking Ossoff ahead of the Georgia House special election.

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a political action committee allied with House GOP leadership, says in the video that Ossoff is "on her side" and urges voters to back one of the Republican candidates in the race.

“On April 18, vote Republican and say no to Pelosi’s yes man,” an announcer says amid a collage of images of Pelosi and Ossoff.

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The CLF has spent nearly $3 million in the race, which has become increasingly competitive as Democrats seek to deliver a major upset in the reliably red district.

The seat became open after Tom Price resigned from the House to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. Democrats are trying to turn the race into an early referendum on President Trump, who won the district by just 1 percentage point.

Ossoff has raised more than $8 million from nationwide contributions, an eye-popping sum for a special election House race. More than a dozen celebrities like Chelsea Handler and Kristen Bell were among his donors, along with Pelosi and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

Polling has shown Ossoff close to the 50 percent threshold needed to win the April 18 all-party primary outright amid a splintered 11-candidate GOP field.

If no candidate breaks 50 percent, the top two finishers go on to a runoff election June 20. Republicans are hoping that if they can keep Ossoff under 50 percent, then take the seat in the runoff by coalescing around the one GOP candidate who makes the cut. 

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), House Republicans’ campaign arm, aired its first ad in the race last week in a sign it recognizes what had long been a safe district is more competitive.

The NRCC’s ad warned Republicans that “liberal politicians are flooding into Georgia to try and stop our Republican majority that’s getting things done.”