Democrats just got sweet revenge for Jon Ossoff’s loss to Trump darling Karen Handel in major upset

This morning, the nation was greeted by the news that the Karen Handel, the unrepentant bigot and radical Christian extremist who defeated Democratic darling Jon Ossof in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional district last year had herself been toppled by a newcomer.

In the wee hours of the morning, the final votes were tallied and Democratic candidate Lucy McBath declared victory with a 3,000 vote lead. Karen Handel held out, hoping for a recount, but eventually conceded on Thursday.

What makes that story even more satisfying and inspiring is what McBath’s victory represents.

McBath’s son, Jordan Davis, was gunned down by a white man in Florida for playing music “too loudly” in his car while parked at a gas station. The senseless death of her only child by a gun-toting racist drove her to get into politics and McBath became a prominent anti-gun activist with the Mothers of the Movement group and the Moms Demand Action Against Violence groups.

After working on Hillary Clinton’s election campaign and speaking at the DNC, McBath decided to run for office — and it was the massacre at Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that made McBath decide to challenge NRA-backed Karen Handel, who has been endorsed by and received nearly $50,000 in support from the gun lobby.

As well as a virulent gun activist, Karen Handel is a rabid anti-LGBT bigot who opposes same-sex marriage, opposes the adoption of children by same-sex couples, and voted to deny domestic partner benefits from gay families.

So not only can we revel in a little revenge for Ossoff’s loss, we can take inspiration from how one woman turned her horrifying tragedy into the energy to put her in a position to make real change in the world and hopefully protect others from befalling the same fate as her son.


Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.