Wealthy suburban moms from Atlanta are trying to help proper Jon Ossoff to victory in tomorrow's special election.
From USA Today:
If Jon Ossoff is able to win Tuesday’s congressional election he’ll owe the victory in large part to an army of women in the wealthy Atlanta suburbs, many of whom — driven by guilt over not helping Hillary Clinton enough in 2016 — have spent dozens of hours a week volunteering for the 30-year old Democrat.
Arlene Meyer, 47, a homemaker, said she has knocked on more than 1,500 doors for Ossoff. On Thursday afternoon, Meyer and her friend Cathy Karell, a 56-year-old retail manager, were going around a neighborhood in 89-degree weather to talk to people about Ossoff and make sure they voted.
The week before the election, supporters of both Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel’s believed the race — which polls show as a toss-up — is all about voter turnout.
“Hello is this Fannie? Hi Fannie, my name is Arlene, I’m with the Jon Ossoff campaign and I’m just calling today to see if you were able to get your absentee ballot in?” a peppy Meyer said to a woman through her closed door. “You did? Excellent thank you … Thank you so much for being a voter!”
It’s the most expensive congressional race in history, with Ossoff's campaign itself raising $23 million.
A year ago, people in the sixth district would have laughed had you told them the seat could flip to a Democrat. This is the seat former House Speaker Newt Gingrich held in Congress for 20 years. In November, Rep. Tom Price won re-election to the seat by more than 20 percentage points. But when he was selected by President Trump as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Democrats saw their opening.
The race pits 30-year-old Ossoff, a former documentary filmmaker and national security aide for progressive Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., against Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state.
Karell and Meyer had been acquainted before, but they reconnected at a gathering that started with 11 people in a suburban Atlanta living room after the 2016 election, and has been steadily growing since.
“I looked around the room and there were a lot of familiar faces,” Karrell said about the first meeting she attended. “I think we all politely didn’t talk about politics (in the past.) It’s the elephant in the room. Most of us in this area assume that everybody you meet is really a Republican or a conservative and so, you know, who wants to bring that up at a PTA meeting?”
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