Liberal comedian Chelsea Handler has really put herself out there to support Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff, but she’s apparently not even sure when his election is.
Handler has donated a few thousand dollars to Ossoff, who is running in a special election to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, replacing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in the House of Representatives.
But the comedian got a little bit ahead of herself earlier this week, asking her nearly 7 million Twitter followers to head to the polls Tuesday when the election isn’t taking place until next week, on April 18.
Special elections today in Georgia. Vote for @JonOssoff in Georgia. He's our man.— Chelsea Handler (@Chelsea Handler)1491923585.0
As it turns out, Handler, who in 2016 told NBC’s Matt Lauer that she associates racism with “really like dumb … people from the South,” isn’t the only Hollywood name backing Ossoff’s campaign. In fact, 95 percent of the donations to the Democrat’s campaign have come from sources outside Georgia.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, more than $500,000 has come from California, $400,000 has come from New York, and Massachusetts donors have pitched in around $160,000.
Ossoff has received support from big names such as George Takei, Sam Waterston, Debra Messing, Rosie O’Donnell, and Kristen Bell. Actors Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham, who were in Georgia for a film project, even offered to drive early voters to the polls to cast their ballots for Ossoff in late March.
No joke. Call 678-636-9551 and @Alyssa_Milano and I WILL PICK YOU UP and take you to early vote! Now. @ossoff… https://t.co/KLcshKyiDb— Christopher Gorham (@Christopher Gorham)1490638624.0
Republicans have criticized Ossoff for not really being connected to the district he’s running to represent, pointing out that he doesn’t even live in the area and that much of his financial support is coming from out of the state.
In response, Ossoff said he would move to the district, should he win.