Rigged against Ossoff: Georgia lawmaker admits Republicans have drawn district lines to stop him

A Republican legislator in Georgia accidentally admitted that his party drew Congressional district lines to stop Democrats like Jon Ossoff from winning.

In a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, state senator Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) brazenly laughed at the suggestion that 30-year-old anti-Trump Democrat Jon Ossoff could eventually become the representative for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

“I’ll be very blunt: These lines were not drawn to get Hank Johnson’s protégé to be my representative. And you didn’t hear that,” Millar told the Journal-Constitution, referring to an African American Congressman from Georgia’s 4th District. “They were not drawn for that purpose, OK? They were not drawn for that purpose.”

Sen. Millar’s decidedly honest remarks about Georgia Republicans’ intentions to cheat Democrats out of winning Congressional elections appears to be more than bluster, when looking at their efforts in the most recent session of the Georgia legislature. As Slate reported last month, the Republican majority in Georgia’s House of Representatives worked quickly to ram through House Bill 515 in just a handful of days, which would literally remove black voters from certain districts and replace them with white ones. While the Georgia state senate tabled the bill for now, Republicans’ intentions to disenfranchise voters are now in the public record.

While Jon Ossoff was able to prevail in the Tuesday primary, beating 11 Republican candidates, four Democratic candidates and two independent candidates, he is likely to face an onslaught of money from Republican super PACs ahead of the June runoff election with Republican Karen Handel after his near-outright victory. Ossoff, for his part, managed to raise $8.3 million in campaign funds in a relatively short amount of time, as the national Democratic Party infrastructure mobilized to help Ossoff compete in the solidly Republican district. A win in June would mean trouble for Republicans, as no Democrat has held Georgia’ 6th Congressional District since 1979.

In addition to Ossoff’s pending runoff election this summer, Democrats are also gearing up for a special election for Montana’s one at-large Congressional seat, where folk singer Rob Quist is running as the Democrat against millionaire Republican businessman Greg Gianforte. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) recently threw his hat in the ring for Quist, promising to mobilize his massive grassroots army to help him over the finish line.

 

Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.