Democrats have turned to Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson to help get voter to rise up and flip Georgia’s 6th District on Tuesday.
In a radio ad that launches Saturday, Jackson calls on voters to back a Democrat to send a message to Donald Trump.
“Remember what happened the last time people stayed home: We got stuck with Trump,” he said.
The ad, funded by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, does not mention Jon Ossoff’s name. But it’s clearly aimed at helping his candidacy as he tries to secure a majority of the vote Tuesday in the 18-candidate field to avoid a costly runoff.
He’s found a ready ally in Jackson, a Morehouse College graduate whose booming voice also narrates Atlanta Falcons hype ads. In the radio ad, Jackson said a vote in the special election “goes a long way towards setting things right in this country.”
He adds: “Vote for the Democratic Party. Stop Donald Trump, the man who encourages racial and religious discrimination and sexism.”
Jackson is the latest celebrity to help Ossoff’s cause. Actors Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham offered to pick up voters casting early ballots for him. And a long list of other bold-faced names have donated to his campaign.
He also urges the district’s voters to “channel the great vengeance and furious anger” for the president, a reference to the Bible passage he invoked repeatedly in his famed role in “Pulp Fiction.”
The district has been in GOP hands for decades and returned Tom Price to Congress every two years with landslide victories. But Donald Trump's struggles there - he carried it by less than 2 points - have given Democrats hope they can flip it.
And Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Congressional aide, has emerged as a rising Democratic star with an unprecedented $8.3 million fundraising haul.
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