Prominent Jewish GOP Group Stands By Sen. Perdue Amid 'Anti-Semitic' Ad Allegations

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Posted: Jul 28, 2020 1:51 PM
Prominent Jewish GOP Group Stands By Sen. Perdue Amid 'Anti-Semitic' Ad Allegations

Source: AP Photo/David Goldman, File

Controversy stirred a Georgia Senate contest on Monday, when Democrat Jon Ossoff accused incumbent GOP Sen. David Perdue of knowingly putting out an anti-Semitic ad on Facebook. The ad, which was created by an outsourced group, showed Ossoff’s nose being enlarged.

Since Sen. Perdue’s campaign outsourced to a creative vendor for the ad, the Georgia Republican obviously did not see the video himself, and upon noticing, the campaign immediately revoked the ad off of Facebook. Sen. Perdue’s campaign called the ad’s representation of Ossoff an “unintentional error”:

“In the graphic design process handled by an outside vendor, the photo was resized and a filter was applied, which appears to have caused an unintentional error that distorted the image.  Obviously, this was accidental, but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook,” said Perdue for Senate spokesperson John Burke. “Anybody who implies that this was anything other than an inadvertent error is intentionally misrepresenting Senator Perdue’s strong and consistent record of standing firmly against antisemitism and all forms of hate.”

Sen. Perdue’s record in the upper chamber only supports the notion that he did not sign off on this outsourced social media ad. In his tenure in the Senate, he co-sponsored multiple pieces of legislation condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of religious discrimination; Sen. Perdue co-sponsored SR189, which condemned anti-Semitism in all forms, and the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, which established lynching as a criminal civil rights violation.

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), a prominent interest group that works to liaise between the American Jewish community and Republican lawmakers, stood by Sen. Perdue and his commitment to combating anti-Semitism, that is exemplified by his record:

The Georgia Republican’s record speaks for itself; it is clear that Sen. Perdue had no knowledge of the content of the ad. The flagrant content of the ad was clearly unintentional, and Sen. Perdue’s campaign handled it swiftly and transparently.