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Senate Campaign Staffer for Jon Ossoff: Candidate Campaigns As ‘Low-Key Progressive’ To Sway ‘Not Us Georgians, But All the Rednecks’ … ‘Our State Isn’t Progressive’ … ‘Keep This on Low Key’ … ‘The People Here Are Not Open-Minded’

  • Ossoff Field Organizer Dino Nguyen: “If Jon was running as a progressive within like the 5th District of Georgia, which is all-black…he could win that, pretty much a landslide, but he wants to go for senator.”

  • Nguyen: “On the surface, he tries to portray himself as left of moderate, so that all the Georgians, not us Georgians, but all the rednecks…will be like, ‘oh, he's kind of cool.’”

  • Nguyen: “Deep down he's low key progressive. It's something that keeps you pumped up, especially because I know he's going to win.”

  • James O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of the Project Veritas Action Fund: “By the way, what is a ‘low-key progressive?’”

[Westchester, N.Y.—Oct. 26, 2020] A field organizer working to elect T. Jonathan “Jon” Ossoff to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate told a Project Veritas Action Fund journalist the campaign portrays Ossoff as a moderate to fool the voters.

“On the surface, he tries to portray himself as left of moderate, so that all the Georgians, not us Georgians, but all the rednecks and all that stuff will be like, ‘oh, he's kind of cool,’” said Dino Nguyen, a self-professed progressive looking forward to a career in Georgia politics.

“If John was running as a progressive within like the 5th District of Georgia, which is all-black, that's the one that John Lewis, the Civil Rights activist, was running for, he could win that, pretty much a landslide, but he wants to go for senator,” Nguyen said.

“You have to appeal to the whole state. Our whole state isn't progressive. It's more moderate, right?” he said.

Nguyen said to our undercover journalist that despite this strategy, the journalist should be confident to spread the word. “You can spread that to your other progressive friends but keep this on low key.”

Georgia voters are not ready for new ideas, he said.

“Jon is genuine to a certain point, but he can’t show his true self 100 percent of the time, so that’s the tough part about campaigning in purple or red states, because the people here are not open minded,” he said. “There is maybe 40 percent that are, or 45 percent--the rest are a different breed or a different kind.”

Dino Nguyen: “He has to win this election. He is not going to win the election as a progressive, and that’s basically it. At a certain point we have to wait for the boomers to die off.”

Journalist: “Do you think like the Georgians are stupid enough to—"

Nguyen: “Yeah. You can spread that to your other progressive friends but keep this on low key, but he's not so far to the left that I'm not cool with it. But deep down, he's low key progressive. It's something that keeps you pumped up, especially because I know he's going to win. We know he's going to win, right? He's going to do what it takes to help us out. And then it's going to take the rest of the states as well, because change doesn't happen with just one person.”

Journalist: “Why doesn’t he support the Green New Deal? I think it’s wonderful.”

Nguyen: “It is, it’s just that as he doesn’t want to align himself with the progressives in Georgia because of the way that--he has to win this election. He is not going to win the election as a progressive, and that’s basically it.”

James O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of the Project Veritas Action Fund, said, “Nguyen’s attitude speaks volumes about Jon Ossoff and his pretty low opinion of voters in Georgia—and by the way, what is a ‘low-key progressive?’”

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