Democrat Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff on Wednesday accused Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., of “campaigning with a Klansman.”
Ossoff’s comments stem from a photo showing Loeffler with Chester Doles, a reported former Ku Klux Klan leader once imprisoned for beating a Black man. The photo was taken at a campaign event earlier this month.
Ossoff is opposing Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Loeffler faces Rev. Raphael Warnock in two Jan. 5 runoffs that will decide which party will control the Senate majority.
Loeffler this week has attacked her opponent following a report of alleged abuse at a camp the reverend oversaw in Maryland. The senator said the accusations were “disqualifying” for Warnock, per The Hill.
When asked by Fox News how much the allegations against Warnock could hurt the two Democrats in the runoffs, Ossoff lashed back at Loeffler.
“None whatsoever,” Ossoff said. “Rev. Warnock addressed this issue a year ago, and here’s the bottom line: Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with a Klansman.
“She is stooping to these vicious personal attacks to distract from the fact that she’s been campaigning with a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. I mean we deserve better than that here in Georgia.”
According to The Associated Press, Loeffler did not know who Doles was when the photo was taken in Dawsonville, Georgia.
“Kelly had no idea who that was, and if she had, she would have kicked him out immediately because we condemn in the most vociferous terms everything that he stands for,” campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said.