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Former Hill Staffer in GA-06 Claims to Have More NatSec Experience than Combat Vets

“I will put up my national security qualifications and credentials against anyone else in this race,” the Democrat said.

Jon Ossoff

Eager to stand out in an 18-candidate field, Democrat Jon Ossoff perhaps overstated his national security credentials in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution Thursday.

Ossoff, running to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, formerly worked for Rep. Hank Johnson and received “top-secret” security clearance for about five months before quitting his job.

That hasn’t stopped Ossoff from using that five-month stint as proof of his national security credentials.

“I was granted a top-secret clearance by the U.S. Department of Defense to work on particularly sensitive programs,” said Ossoff. “I stand by my record – I will put up my national security qualifications and credentials against anyone else in this race.”

The problem? Ossoff is running against two combat veterans who served their country overseas.

Keith Grawert is a major in the Air National Guard. He served for 14 years in the Air Force as a C-17 and C-40 pilot in the Middle East, South Korea, and Europe.

Richard Keatley served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1987 to 1994 and is a veteran of the first Gulf War.

The 21 combined years these men dedicated themselves to in service of their country by any measure dwarfs the handful of months in which Ossoff had “top-secret” security clearance.