Ossoff interviewed for US Chamber endorsement: report

Ossoff interviewed for US Chamber endorsement: report
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Democrat Jon Ossoff pursued the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ahead of the April primary in Georgia's House special election, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.

In the month leading up to contest, Ossoff participated in candidate interviews with the Chamber, but the group ultimately dubbed him too far left to win its endorsement.

"It's as though he was auditioning for 'Dancing with the Stars,' " the group's political director, Rob Engstrom, told the Examiner. He said it was clear that Ossoff aligned too closely with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and progressive firebrand Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) for the Chamber's liking.


The revelation could hurt Ossoff among the progressive activists and operatives that helped boost his congressional bid.

The Chamber typically endorses pro-business Republican candidates and, on occasion, moderate Democrats.

Ossoff came in first place in last month's primary, but fell short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win outright. He will face the second-place finisher, Republican Karen Handel, in a runoff next month. Handel was endorsed by the Chamber.