In one of the most closely watched and tightest Senate races in the country, the Democratic candidate called his incumbent opponent a “crook” in a debate Wednesday night and was accused in turn of pushing the “radical socialist agenda” of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
“Well, perhaps Sen. Perdue would have been able to respond properly to the COVID-19 pandemic if you hadn’t been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading,” said Democrat Jon Ossoff of first-term Republican David Perdue. “It’s not just that you’re a crook, senator,” Ossoff said. “It’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent. You did say COVID-19 was no deadlier than the flu. You did say there would be no significant uptick in cases. All the while, you were looking after your own assets and your own portfolio. And you did vote four times to end protections for preexisting conditions. Four times.”
Ossoff shared the clip on Twitter , where it’s already been viewed more than 5 million times.
Sen. David Perdue is out for himself — not for our health. pic.twitter.com/zbtmw6rU4Q
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 29, 2020
Perdue, a former CEO of companies including Haggar and Dollar General, has had a substantial stock portfolio, but his trading increased threefold in the early days of the pandemic, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He sold stock in three companies, including Apple and Bank of America, on Jan. 24, the same day the Senate received a confidential briefing on the coronavirus. According to the newspaper’s reporting, he invested at least $185,000 in DuPont, which supplies material for health care workers’ personal protective equipment.
Perdue’s office said he followed federal guidelines, and his campaign has run an ad calling Ossoff a liar for making the accusations. A number of senators, including Kelly Loeffler, the other Republican incumbent running for reelection in Georgia; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; Richard Burr, R-N.C.; and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., were also identified by ProPublica as having engaged in unusual stock trading in the early weeks of the pandemic. A Justice Department investigation subsequently cleared all the senators except Burr. Perdue has not been charged with any crimes and is not known to be under investigation.
Story continues Perdue countered by criticizing Ossoff, who runs a documentary film company, for selling a documentary to a Hong Kong-based company with ties to China. In what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called
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