Sen. Kelly Loeffler is campaigning with a Klansman and Jon Ossoff wants everyone to know it.
On Monday, the Washington Free Beacon reported about an alleged abuse victim at a camp Warnock oversaw for inner-city children as the senior pastor at the Douglas Memorial Community Church. The person claimed counselors at the camp threw urine on him and locked him outside overnight when he was 12 in 2002.
Loeffler called the report “disgusting”, “alarming” and “disqualifying” in a Fox news interview on Monday, according to The Hill.
During a campaign stop in Marietta, Georgia, Ossoff was approached by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy for a live interview. The Democratic candidate for Senate used the opportunity to shutdown Loeffler’s criticisms of fellow Democrat Rev. Warnock by telling Fox News viewers, repeatedly that Loeffler is campaigning with a known Klansman.
Asked if he has “any concern that the allegations of wrongdoing against Reverend Warnock could possibly be a drag on the Democratic ticket” in the runoff next week, Ossoff responded: “None whatsoever. Rev. Warnock addressed this issue a year ago, and here’s the bottom line: Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with a Klansman. Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with a Klansman.”
“She is stooping to these vicious personal attacks to distract from the fact that she’s been campaigning with a former member of the Ku Klux Klan,” he continued. “I mean, we deserve better than that here in Georgia.”
Ossoff was referring to a photo Loeffler took with white supremacist Chester Doles earlier this month during a campaign event. Doles is the former leader of the KKK who was sentenced to prison for nearly beating a black man to death in 1993.
Doles is also linked to Hammerskin Nation, which Southern Poverty Law describes as the “best organized, most widely dispersed and most dangerous Skinhead group.”
The campaign claims that Loeffler had no idea who he was when she posed for photo with him.
Ossoff will face David Perdue, who has been in hiding and Rev. Warnock will face Kelly Loeffler in the January 5 runoff elections in Georgia that will determine which party controls the Senate. Democrats need to win both seats while Republicans just need one to keep a majority.