Ron Slotin called on Tuesday. You’ll have to forgive him if he sounds a little baffled. Slotin is the Other Democrat in the Sixth District congressional race.
Actually, there are five Democrats. But Slotin, 54, the COO of an executive search firm and a former state senator, is the experienced one that national organizations are passing over in order to back 30-year-old Jon Ossoff.
Given that the 18-candidate, special election to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Price is one of the first national contests since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Sixth District contest has extra significance – enough to merit a Democratic gamble in an undoubtedly Republican district.
Ossoff even has his picture in today’s New York Times, and is quoted thusly:
“I’m not campaigning across the district talking about Donald Trump at every event,” he said. “There are many in this district who are concerned that the president may embarrass us on the world stage, that he may be incompetent and that he’s dishonest. I share those concerns, but by running a positive campaign focused on core American values, the contrast is obvious.”
A poll we mentioned Tuesday put Trump’s approval rating at 51 percent. Ossoff rated 18 percent on a ballot test, essentially even with Republican Karen Handel.
Slotin rated 2.82 percent, less than the +/-4.5 percent margin of error. “I’m in sixth place right now. That’s the way I look at it,” he said.
Slotin served in the state Senate from 1992 to 1996, when he challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney in a Democratic primary. (Another candidate in that race was Comer Yates, husband of the now-famous former acting U.S. attorney general.)
But Slotin is counting on his more current family, business and community connections to help him into a runoff berth. “I’ve lived, worked, owned a business, raised a family, and volunteered in the district for over 15 years,” he said.