Statistician Nate Silver is not known to go after politicians. His popular blog, FiveThirtyEight, is strictly about crunching numbers, not offering partisan opinions. That’s why Silver has kept his political views mostly to himself.
The fact that Silver keeps such a low profile may have been the reason Georgia Democrat Jeff Ossoff thought he could get away with using the famed blogger’s name in campaign materials. Thirty-year-old Ossoff, an American investigative filmmaker and former congressional aide, is running to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price.
Ossoff looked to capitalize on the trust people have in Silver, claiming FiveThirtyEight called his race a “must-win” for Democrats. The only problem? Silver didn’t say that. In fact, Silver didn’t take kindly to having his name used at all.
From The Blaze:
Famed political statistician Nate Silver, editor of FiveThirtyEight, was not at all pleased to find out he was being used as a prop in Georgia Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff’s campaign. So Silver publicly told Ossoff to stop — and did so with some choice language.
In a fundraising email, Ossoff claimed that Silver had made the “stunning announcement” that, “if Democrats want to take back the House,” then the Georgia Democrat “MUST win the Georgia Special Election.”
Silver fired back on Twitter with some harsh language:
Silver tweeted that Ossoff was “making s**t up that @NateSilver538 never said.”
Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first time Ossoff has been caught in a lie:
Ossoff has a history of being struggling with the truth, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The Democrat once claimed that he had five years experience of being a congressional national security staffer. It was soon discovered that he had only five months under his belt, the outlet reported.
While Democrats continue to accuse President Trump of having a tenuous relationship with the truth, their own candidates brazenly make things up on the campaign trail. Thanks to Nate Silver, yet another Ossoff — and Democrat — lie was exposed.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]