By: Simone Pathe
Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff is picking up yet another endorsement from a national liberal group in the race for the state’s 6th District.
Democracy for America, a political action committee founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, is backing Ossoff, according to a statement obtained first by Roll Call. It’s the group’s first congressional endorsement of the 2018 cycle.
Ossoff, a former Hill aide, has received national attention from Democrats and liberal activists who see an opportunity to pick up a traditionally Republican seat in what is expected to be the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.
“Electing Jon Ossoff isn’t just an opportunity for Georgia to reject Donald Trump’s hate-fueled agenda, it’s a chance to send a progressive leader from a new generation to Congress to fight for racial justice and against rapidly growing income inequality,” Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America, said in a statement.
Ossoff has already been endorsed by End Citizens United, and has received fundraising help from the liberal site Daily Kos. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is sending staff to the district to boost Ossoff, who’s one of five Democrats running in an 18-candidate jungle primary on April 18. If none of the candidates receive more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff on June 20.