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Georgia Special Election Once Again Refutes Myth of Trump Backlash

By: David Unsworth - @LatinAmerUpdate - Jun 21, 2017, 2:52 pm
Jon Ossoff failed to capitalize on anti-Trump backlash in Georgia's special election (
Jon Ossoff failed to capitalize on anti-Trump backlash in Georgia’s special election (CBS).

The liberal mainstream media spent the past week whipping themselves into a frenzy, salivating at the prospect of a massive “Trump Backlash”…in which Democrat Jon Ossoff had an ostensibly golden opportunity to turn a red district blue, capturing the seat of Tom Price, who resigned to serve as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Unfortunately for them, the voters of Georgia’s 6th district, in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, did not send the resounding message of Trump punishment that the New York/DC/Boston elites so desired.

Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State, won by a four point margin, 52% to 48%.

The race became a symbolic battle for the anti-Trump “resistance” movement, who poured money into the enthusiastic campaign of Osoff, a former foreign policy adviser to ex-representative Hank Johnson.

A curious fact about Osoff emerged…he did not even live in the 6th district, and thus could not vote for himself in the election. Nonetheless, he saw an influx of millions of dollars which nearly propelled him to a first round victory on April 19. Liberal interest groups from blue states, particularly coastal California, New York, and Massachusetts, showered the young Ossoff with funding, making the race by far the most costly House contest in history.

Once again…the predicted “Anti-Trump Backlash” hysteria predicted by the mainstream media has proved to be completely overblown and exaggerated, and Republicans should reconsider the electoral dangers of being associated with Trump.

Despite less than stellar approval ratings, a slew of unfavorable media coverage, and a looming investigation into alleged Russian collusion, Trump has proved to be surprisingly resilient at the ballot box, and it appears anything but certain that association with Trump will pose a serious challenge to Congressional Republicans in 2018.

While the party of the presidential incumbent traditionally suffers losses in midterm elections, the Republicans have a particularly favorable Senate map in 2018, featuring numerous Democrats up for reelection in states that Trump carried by large margins, including Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, as well as states spanning the Great Plains, including Montana, North Dakota, and Missouri.

Republicans are thus presented with several appealing pickup opportunities, while Democrats are forced to play defense. In the House, where all 435 seats are up for grabs, the map could pose more of a challenge to the GOP.

But Democratic strategists who are bullish on taking back the lower chamber are also likely to be disappointed.

As four recent special elections have demonstrated, despite highly visible enthusiasm and fundraising, the Democratic Party remains ineffective in harnessing the energy of the “Resistance” and converting it into actual electoral victories.

Opposition to Trump has, at least, motivated a large crop of candidates to seek office in 2018. Yet, rumors of Trump‘s toxicity by association seem greatly off-base.

 

David Unsworth David Unsworth

David Unsworth is a Boston native. He received degrees in History and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and subsequently spent five years working in real estate development in New York City. Currently he resides in Bogota, Colombia, where he is involved in the tourism industry. In his free time he enjoys singing in rock bands, travelling throughout Latin America, and studying Portuguese.

Odebrecht Corruption Scandal Snares Yet Another Ecuadorian Official

By: Karina Martín - Jun 21, 2017, 2:19 pm
Odebrecht Ecuador

Español On Tuesday, June 20, Carlos Pólit, comptroller general of Ecuador, who has been implicated in the Odebrecht case, presented his "irrevocable resignation", which he did while in the United States. The announcement was made by the president of the National Assembly, José Serrano, on his Twitter account, who clarified that the resignation "does not affect the process of the political trial." Read More: Correa Says He Will Be Accused of Corruption in Ecuador Odebrecht Case Read More: Videotapes Implicating Ecuador Officials in Odebrecht Corruption Surface in Brazil's Probe "The Secretary General of the National Assembly has just received the irrevocable resignation of the Comptroller General of the State, Carlos Pólit," he said. "This waiver shall be presented to the council of the administration of the legislature so that it can resolve all pertinent issues, including issuing said resignation to the respective body so that they can in turn initiate the process to designate a new comptroller general," Serrano later reported at a press conference. Serrano explained that "it will not affect the process of his political trial because it was initiated before the resignation; in addition, the regulation establishes that the National Assembly can supervise officials up to one year after having been in office." According to the president of the Ecuadorian Parliament, Pólit included "a medical certificate" in his resignation to certify health problems. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The former comptroller of Ecuador is under investigation for his alleged responsibility in the reports of construction project executed by the Brazilian company Odebrecht, currently linked to massive corruption networks all over Latin America. In fact, Pólit had already been summoned to testify next June 27 before the National Assembly Supervisory Commission. Pólit is currently the US, after having applied for a 60-day health-related leave. His trip to the United States occurred before the Attorney General's office raided his two properties in Ecuador. Following the departure of Polit, Pablo Celi is serving in an interim capacity. The Correa administration was long besieged by allegations of corruption in relation to the Odebrecht scandal; as of yet, not have personally implicated the former president, who recently did not stand for reelection. Sources: La República; Diario las Américas; El Ecuador.

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