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Why the U.S. Chamber Said ‘No Thanks’ to Jon Ossoff

“It’s as though he was auditioning for ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” one Chamber staffer said of Ossoff’s interview.

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Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff is banking on a risky strategy. Running in a deep-red district, Ossoff is hoping few voters realize he is, in fact, a Democrat.

To that end, Ossoff sought the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a pro-business group that would give Ossoff the kind of bipartisan “cover” he wants. It did not go well.

Rob Engstrom, the U.S. Chamber’s political director, participated in the candidate interview with Ossoff back in March.

He said the Democrat “generically asserted he was pro-business,” but that his answers to the chamber’s questions made “crystal clear” that he is aligned with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

“It’s as though he was auditioning for ‘Dancing with the Stars,'” Engstrom said Wednesday in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

For someone trying to blur the lines between Republican and Democrat, the Chamber calling Ossoff a Nancy Pelosi Democrat could not be a worse outcome.

So, the group instead endorsed Republican Karen Handel to replace former Rep. Tom Price in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District at an event last week.