Rep. Ryan to leave Georgia race after Georgia election
The Hill’s editorial board today called for Rep. Paul Ryan to step down after the Georgia congressional district he represents in the state’s Fourth Congressional District loses its GOP majority to Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.
The GOP congressman is facing a wave of negative campaigning by Ossof, who is leading by double digits in the polls, in a district that is currently represented by Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.
McSally was defeated by Osman in the November 2018 special election to replace Rep. Joe Wilson, who died in a plane crash.
A national Democratic group has endorsed Ossofs campaign, with a statement calling him a strong and capable candidate who is committed to standing up for working families.
“We’re thrilled that Rep. McSays endorsement has helped the Georgia Democratic Party continue to make strides toward a unified party,” said Dan Schoen, national press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“But the district is still deeply Republican, and Rep. Ossofts campaign is only one part of a long-term effort to elect progressive, bold and bold-minded leaders.”
Georgia is the latest battleground in the Trump administration’s fight with Democrats.
Republicans control the House and both chambers of Congress, but Democrats have gained ground in the House in recent years, winning back control of both chambers in 2019.
The Georgia district has a population of roughly 4.4 million, and is represented by Reps.
Tim Ryan and Terri Sewell, both Democrats.
Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is the son of former Georgia Gov.
Osseos campaign is one of several GOP groups to endorse Ossofis campaign.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a national conservative news organization, has also endorsed Ossefs campaign.
Osmen was one of only two candidates who participated in a televised town hall meeting in which he criticized Trump’s response to the Charlottesville violence.
The AJC’s editorial calls for Ossovs departure:”Rep. Ryan’s campaign, which is funded primarily by Republican donors, is focused on raising money for candidates who oppose President Trump and his policies, not those who defend his actions.
That means supporting a candidate who has voted to protect the Confederate flag from removal and who supports ending taxpayer-funded scholarships for students who attend private schools that celebrate the Confederacy.”
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