Members of the Georgia Republican Party alleged this week that U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff’s ties to China run deeper than originally thought.
Specifically, Georgia GOP officials, citing a new article in The Washington Free Beacon, said Ossoff once encouraged Twitter users to follow China state media. This happened in November 2012, according to Ossoff’s own Twitter feed.
Ossoff, a Democrat, wants to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.
“Months after leaving Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-GA-04) office – where he spent five months serving as a ‘national security aide’ with top-secret clearance — in August 2012, Ossoff urged his Twitter followers to read Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese Communist Party-run propaganda organ,” The Free Beacon reported.
The Xinhua News Agency, according to The Free Beacon, is China’s largest media outlet and “the communist nation’s primary state-run mouthpiece.”
GA GOP spokeswoman Abigail Sigler said in an emailed press release that Ossoff “is a shill for the Chinese Communist Party” and “poses a serious security threat.”
As The Georgia Star News reported earlier this month, members of the Georgia GOP have also alleged that Ossoff has:
• Accepted money from PCCW, a Chinese company tied to the country’s communist government.
• Failed to disclose his relationship with PCCW in his May disclosure.
• When pressed about why he did not include PCCW in his document, Ossoff called it a “paperwork oversight.”
• Earlier in December, Ossoff’s campaign “changed its tune on payments the Democrat received from a Chinese Communist Party-linked media conglomerate in Hong Kong, after Georgia Republicans filed an ethics complaint alleging he ‘knowingly and willfully’ failed to disclose the payments in a May financial disclosure.”
• Declined to say whether China is the only Communist government he has done business with.
As reported, U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) are on the January 5, 2021 ballot for the U.S. Senate against Ossoff and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock, respectively. The two races will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the majority in the U.S. Senate.
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