Ossoff pledges to stay out of the political fray during remarks at Chamber luncheon

U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff addresses a group of business leaders at a chamber of commerce luncheon on June 14 (Photo by Cathy Cobbs).

U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff said he won’t participate in the polarizing political climate that has gripped the nation for the past few years. He made the remarks at the Brookhaven/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 14.

“We have to be careful not to allow the partisan conversation to distort our view of the world,” the first-term senator told a packed crowd at the Prosperity Partners Luncheon at the Atlanta Marriott in Perimeter Center. “Every day, our team is solving the specific needs of our constituents.”

Ossoff said when he was elected in 2021, he made the conscious decision to become known for his accomplishments rather than become notorious for “posting insults on various platforms.”

He also said despite the perception that the federal government is in a state of gridlock, there have been advancements that have improved the lives of many Georgians, including upgrading every seaport and airport across the state, addressing rural healthcare shortages, aiding farmers affected by the 2023 freeze that devastated Georgia’s peach crop, and negotiating by 70% a reduction in tariffs levied on pecan crops sent to India.

“I’m pleased to work along with county and state officials to move Georgia forward,” he said. 

Ossoff briefly discussed his continuing pressure on the U.S. Postal System to address delivery issues, mail theft, and antiquated processing systems. 

“I mean, the postmaster general has one job – to get the mail to people in a timely manner,” he said. “I will continue to apply very robust pressure to the U.S. Postal System.” 

In 2020, Ossoff won the Democratic nomination for the 2020 U.S. Georgia Senate election and ran against then-incumbent Republican senator David Perdue for the seat. Neither candidate reached the 50 percent threshold on the November 3 general election, triggering a runoff election on January 5, 2021, which Ossoff won narrowly. 

Ossoff serves alongside fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock who defeated incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler in the 2020 Senate special election runoff.  The two races attracted significant national attention and spending, as the result of the elections determined which party would control the U.S. Senate. Warnock and Ossoff’s victories helped the Democrats attain a 50–50 split in the Senate, which made a slim majority for the Democrats because of a potential tie-breaking vote by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.

With his victory, Ossoff became the youngest member of the Senate elected since Don Nickles in 1980, as well as the first Jewish member of the Senate from Georgia.

When asked about the upcoming general election in November and its potential to create an atmosphere of violence like the nation saw in 2020, Ossoff said he will do his best to spread the message that “there is no place for a violent mob to try to upend the peaceful transfer of power.”

“I hope we can work together to lower the political temperature in this country,” Ossoff said. “We don’t have to eat each other alive.”

The Prosperity Partnership Series, according to its website, features “dynamic keynote speakers who delve into pressing issues of the moment.” Among the topics the series has tackled include talent development, and diverse, equitable and inclusive economic growth.

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