Muslims in Georgia’s 6th District are overly concerned about ads criticizing Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff over terrorism. The Muslims concern is that they are being used as a rallying point for Republicans.
An ad was recently released by the National Republican Congressional Committee claiming that the Islamic State terrorist group is infiltrating America and using Syrians. The ad also criticizes Democrats for allowing refugees into the United States.
Ossoff is also blasted in the ad for backing the Iran deal, before flashing an image of the perpetrators of the 2015 San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting attack, who were neither Iranian, Syrian nor refugees.
America First Policies also released an ad sometime last week showing various images of the terrorist attacks in Europe and the U.S., Ossoff was also heavily criticized for exaggerating national security credentials as a congressional staffer.
The Democrat candidate will face former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican, in the June 20 special election runoff to replace former GOP Rep. Tom Price, now the Health and Human Services secretary. Most polls have shown a close race, with Ossoff holding a slight lead.
The Congressional Leadership Fund put out an ad criticizing Ossoff for working with Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based state-funded network, which featured an image of bin Laden.
Handel’s campaign referred to the NRCC, after being asked about the ad. Maddie Anderson, an NRCC spokeswoman, said the ad was relevant to show a contrast between the two candidates.
Kate Constantini, who is Handel spokeswoman, said in an email that Handel was proud that her message of getting things done is resonating with citizens all over the 6th district including with voters in the Muslim community.