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Georgia 6th: House Democrats up their attacks on Handel

House Democrats are pumping more resources into their push to flip Georgia’s 6th District.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee laid out another six-figure ad buy for a 30-second TV spot that slams Republican Karen Handel. The group has now spent nearly $5 million backing Democrat Jon Ossoff’s bid to win the suburban Atlanta district.

The ad claims there’s a “pattern” in Handel’s use of taxpayer money, invoking her use of an SUV and spending while she was Georgia’s secretary of state. The Club for Growth has also deployed similar attacks against Handel in recent months.

The Lexus is a reference to the car Handel had while secretary of state, and it’s a criticism that came up in her Senate race against David Perdue in 2014. Handel’s campaign has said she had owned the wheels before she won statewide office.

As to her spending when she was secretary of state, the Handel campaign has pointed to a recent PolitiFact article that considered a previous Democratic attack on her official budget to be "mostly false."

The spending is part of an all-out war between national Democrats and Republicans to win the June 20 runoff. The race is by far the most expensive of its kind, and the top three Republicans – President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan – have all campaigned for Handel.

Watch the ad here:


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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.