New York Instances Nonetheless Carrying a Torch for Jon Ossoff, ‘A Dream Son-In-Legislation’
The New York Times is still carrying a torch for the failed 2017 Democratic Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, so young, so photogenic, so liberal. He will face Republican Senator David Perdue in a January 6 runoff for an important Georgia seat.
On Monday, reporters Reid Epstein and Serge Kovaleski raved about Ossoff’s résumé on the front page. In Thursday’s edition, Epstein and fellow reporter Lisa Lerer returned in a tingling sensation, showing Ossoff as a political gateway for “independent” middle-aged women who consider themselves handsome as they turned their uncoordinated political anger into democratic activism.
They headed the national section of the newspaper, entitled “The Resistance Formed About Trump, with the assistance of Jon Ossoff.”
At the beginning of 2017, Angelika Kausche was frustrated, demoralized and was looking for somewhere – or someone – to help her channel the anger she had recently expressed during the women’s march.
Then Jon Ossoff appeared. As a political freshman, he announced his offer to Congress two weeks before President Trump’s inauguration. He seemed even younger than his 29 years and wore suits that might fit him on his graduation day. Liberal mothers in the Georgia suburbs joked that he would become a dream son-in-law, but they chose him as a symbol of the growing Democratic opposition to the Trump administration.
But she soon joined other suburban women who volunteered for Mr. Ossoff’s special election campaign, spending almost every day organizing their district, knocking on doors, and planning events in the Georgia Sixth Congressional District special to bring Tom Replacing Price after being tapped into Mr Trump will become Secretary for Health and Human Services.
Now, almost four years later, Ms. Kausche has been involved in Mr Ossoff’s subsequent campaigns – and in several of her own.
“I always tell Jon it’s all his fault,” said Ms. Kausche, who flipped her traditionally red suburban district when she won a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2018. “For Jon it knocked like I was doing something to fight back, and in the process people like me learned how to campaign. “
Then came the praise for the ubiquitous, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who became electoral activist Stacey Abrams before reporters washed up more laudatory quotes about Ossoff as the founding father of Georgia’s democratic renewal.
Ms. Snow-Murphy, now the executive director of a local organization focused on keeping the sixth district in democratic hands, recently presented Mr. Ossoff with a present: a hammock that reads “Thank you for building the base camp”.
The present was intended to underscore the extent to which Mr Ossoff’s campaign had helped build the democratic infrastructure that turned Georgia around. But it also talked about what had changed for them and their fellow activists in the suburbs – A hammock, a backyard leisure accessory, was presented to the man they said had changed their own leisure time. Or rather, who has seriously cut into it.
Since then, instead of brunch, people have been advertising and writing postcards instead of just hanging out.
“It’s become a lifestyle,” said Ms. Snow-Murphy.
Oh, isn’t that just adorable?