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‘C’mon, man’: Ossoff pulls a Biden when pressed on China ties, potentially being compromised

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The memo:

  • Jon Ossoff was asked on-air Thursday if he is worried about a potential Chinese effort to influence him.
  • Ossoff dodged the question and attacked the reporter who asked him about the issue.

Jon Ossoff not only shares the similarity with the Biden family of having concerning Chinese business dealings, but the Georgia Democratic Senate candidate is also now parroting President-elect Joe Biden when pressed on the issue.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy on Thursday approached Ossoff in a Suwanee parking lot and brought up the recent revelation that a Chinese spy spent years trying to compromise Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA).

Doocy alluded to China’s strategy of targeting young, up-and-coming U.S. officials with their influence and espionage campaigns, before referencing Ossoff’s business having received funds from a Hong Kong-based company tied to the Chinese Communist Party. The Democrat has been elusive, at best, regarding the amount of funds his business received from this one company, and even recently told The Washington Post further financial records related to his business dealings would “remain confidential.”

“Are you concerned that through a payment to a well-known, young Democrat, somebody linked to China — or the Chinese through another company — could be trying to influence you?” Doocy asked.

Utilizing Biden’s strategy, Ossoff responded by dodging the question and attacking the journalist who dared to even ask him about the issue.

“C’mon, man. You’re a serious reporter,” Ossoff decried. He also scoffed at the notion that the Chinese payment to his company could be anything nefarious or problematic.

This comes after it was revealed in recent days that Ossoff in 2012 promoted a state propaganda outlet run by the Chinese Communist Party. The tweet was still up as of Thursday afternoon, encouraging Twitter users to follow the propaganda.

That report would have been eyebrow raising on its own, as this very same Chinese state-run media outlet has rebuffed recent U.S. demands to register as a foreign agent.

Yet, Ossoff’s China ties run much deeper — and are that much more troubling.

The latest revelation especially highlights his long running security clearance saga.

When unsuccessfully running for Congress in 2017, Ossoff earned a “Pinocchio” from The Washington Post for misleading Georgians about his background. He had claimed of his time working for Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), “I’ve got five years of experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. Congress. I held top secret security clearance.”

However, the Post noted that Ossoff only had his security clearance for five months, with a good portion of his overall time working for Johnson coming as a part-time college student. His advocacy for the Chinese propaganda outlet came after he got his security clearance — raising another red flag.

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“Instead of giving Georgians the answers they deserve, Jon Ossoff decided to be flippant and dismissive about concerns that the Chinese Communist Party may be targeting him,” stated Perdue for Senate communications director John Burke on Thursday. “Ossoff refuses to take the threat of China seriously even after Congressman Eric Swalwell, one of his supporters, was preyed on by a suspected Chinese operative. With his history of promoting Chinese propaganda and taking payments from their government through a media company, Georgians should be concerned about his dismissiveness of the threat they pose to our nation.”

Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com