April 24, 2017

Nonpartisan Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Johnson For Aiding Ossoff

Jon Ossoff has long used his political connection to Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) to obscure his complete lack of qualifications. Now though, Ossoff’s ties to Congressman Johnson have landed them both in hot water.

That’s because the Foundation for Ethics and Civic Trust, a nonpartisan watchdog group dedicated to promoting good government, has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics this morning. Their complaint, first seen in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, alleges that Congressman Johnson is misusing official resources to promote Ossoff’s Congressional bid:

“The group wants the independent ethics office to investigate Johnson for potentially running aground of a House ethics rule that bars lawmakers from using their taxpayer-funded office for partisan campaign activities. Specifically, FACT alleges that Johnson was using his official website to campaign for Ossoff, his former aide who is now facing off against Republican Karen Handel in the runoff to replace health Secretary Tom Price in the House of Representatives.”

Congressman Johnson’s actions after being contacted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution show that FACT was right in issuing their complaint. According to the story, after being asked to comment, Johnson’s office deleted the offending material:

“The group points to links to recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution stories about Ossoff and 6th District voting that were recently featured on Johnson’s official website. The links were removed over the weekend, shortly after the AJC requested comment for this story. The House Ethics Manual states a lawmaker’s official website ‘may not include personal, political or campaign information.'”

Just as Ossoff has crossed the line by continually lying about his resume, now it appears his political cronies have crossed another line by misusing federal resources to help Ossoff. Sadly, it appears there’s no line Democrats won’t cross to prop up Ossoff’s deflating campaign.