Jon Ossoff was a political newcomer entering the crowded race to succeed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price as Georgia’s 6th District Congressman but attracted some high profile support.
Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham, who were in Atlanta filming a new CW project, took time out to campaign for him, even driving voters to the polls during the early-voting period that preceded the first election night.
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They kept up their support leading up to Tuesday’s runoff, with Milano encouraging people to call for help if needed and Gorham posting images of Ossoff merch.
Mark Ruffalo retweeted this reminder from Ossoff’s account while the polls were still open:
Playwright/screenwriter Beau Willimon, creator of the political drama “House of Cards,” also urged his followers to support Ossoff:
And Sally Field told her followers to “stop this woman.”
The night didn’t go their way, and Karen Handel is now Georgia’s new Congresswoman. Gorham is sad and Milano pulled everyone in for a virtual group hug.
Other celebs have weighed in as well.
Rosie O’Donnell, who recently made a $1,000 contribution to the Go Fund Me account launched in support of alleged NSA leaker Reality Winner, shared her feelings by retweeting a comment disparaging Vice President Mike Pence’s tweet congratulating Handel. It’s a little ribald for a family newspaper blog to post; here’s the link.
Jane Fonda posted a lengthy blog update expressing her thoughts on various topics, including politics. Without specifically mentioning the 6th District race or its outcome, she wrote, “We must also do what we can to protect women’s health by helping Planned Parenthood keep their clinics open and we must refuse Trumpcare.”
A segment on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that aired ahead of election results was a clever take on malleable political pundits. Meyers interviewed a “Democratic strategist” (actually a member of his team) and asked him to speak to the results both in the case of an Ossoff win and loss.
“We knew we would win it. Anything short of victory would have been a disappointment!” vs. “We always knew this was going to be a long shot. The fact that Jon Ossoff was even competitive is a major win for the Democratic party.”
For actual political punditry, here’s our colleague Greg Bluestein breaking things down as the countdown to results began on Tuesday: