What Lessons Can Be Learned From The 6th District Runoff? | WABE 90.1 FM

What Lessons Can Be Learned From The 6th District Runoff?

Jun 23, 2017

Republican Karen Handel's victory in the 6th Congressional District runoff sparked several days of finger-pointing among Democrats who had hoped Jon Ossoff could flip a House seat that had been in GOP hands for decades.

But there were lessons and hopeful signs for both parties as they head into the 2018 midterm elections – at least, according to political strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson. Johnson is a Democrat who served as national southern regional director in the Obama 2012 campaign; Robinson is a Republican who was deputy chief of staff and communications director for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.  

They spoke with Denis O'Hayer on "Morning Edition."

(Note:  The expanded version also includes thoughts about the Fulton County Commission's vote to freeze property tax assessments, and the Gwinnett County Commission's vote to reprimand Commissioner Tommy Hunter for his social media post about Congressman John Lewis.)