Jon Ossoff just can’t seem to evade controversy. First, the Georgia Democrat was forced to come clean about the fact that he had vastly misrepresented his national security credentials. Now, he has made another shocking admission, this time after being confronted at a town hall meeting.
In an apparent attempt to bolster his flimsy resumé, Ossoff claimed for months in campaign ads and at public events that he had five years of experience as a congressional national security staffer with top-secret clearance. However, that experience was actually limited to just a short five months.
Ossoff did work as a staffer for Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), but a timeline of his employment, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shows his claim to have been a “national security aide with top-secret clearance” for half a decade was dubious, at best:
- January 2007: Ossoff starts in Johnson’s office as a part-time legislative correspondent, working 25-30 hours a week while attending Georgetown University.
- May 2009: Ossoff graduates from Georgetown University.
- Summer 2009: Ossoff spends time traveling before he returns to work as Johnson’s legislative assistant in August 2009.
- January 2010: Ossoff is promoted to senior legislative assistant.
- April to July 2010: Ossoff runs Johnson’s re-election campaign.
- September 2010: Ossoff returns to Johnson’s Capitol Hill office.
- March 2012: Ossoff receives a top-secret security clearance and staffs Johnson for work related to the National Defense Authorization Act.
- Mid-August 2012: Ossoff leaves Johnson’s office.
However, this was not the only time Ossoff would mislead voters. According to Washington Free Beacon, he also admitted on Saturday during a town hall meeting that he does not currently reside in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, where he is running to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price earlier this year. Price now serves as President Donald Trump’s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“It is absolutely right and appropriate for voters to ask whether or not someone who is seeking to represent them has the kinds of deep connections and roots in the district like I do,” responded Ossoff. He went on to explain that he is currently living outside the district so that his girlfriend can be closer to medical school.
Is it just me, or does Ossoff come off more like a used car salesman than a tried and true leader? I wouldn’t trust the guy as far as I could throw him. He is a Democrat, so I guess that explains it all.