Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is running to fill the congressional seat vacated by Tom Price earlier this year, admitted on Saturday during a town hall meeting that he does not currently reside in Georgia's sixth congressional district.
A town hall constituent asked Ossoff whether he lived in "district 6," citing conservatives and news outlets spreading the information that he did not live there.
Ossoff acknowledged that it was "absolutely right and appropriate" for voters to ask questions pertaining to the candidate's connections to the district they wish to represent.
"It is absolutely right and appropriate for voters to ask whether or not someone who is seeking to represent them has the kinds of deep connections and roots in the district like I do," Ossoff told the constituent.
But Ossoff went on to admit that he lives outside the sixth district while his girlfriend attends medical school.
Alex Roarty of McClatchy tweeted in February that Ossoff "acknowledged last night that he doesn't live in district – moved just south so girlfriend could be closer to medical school."
Ossoff also acknowledged last night that he doesn't live in district — moved just south so girlfriend could be closer to medical school https://t.co/5QyY96gJqQ
— Alex Roarty (@Alex_Roarty) February 23, 2017
This is not the first controversy in Ossoff's bid to replace Price, who now serves as President Donald Trump's secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Ossoff admitted last week that he misrepresented his national security credentials, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The special election for Georgia's sixth district seat will be held on April 18.