The Georgia Senate runoff election is proving to be a historic one, as the Democrats look set to control the Senate.
But there’s another possible first coming from the special election – the first Stacey Dooley producer to reach the US Senate.
In a bizarre celebrity link we did not see coming, Jon Ossoff, who is projected as ‘very likely’ to win against incumbent David Perdue by the New York Times and has declared victory himself, was the producer on two of Stacey Dooley’s BBC documentaries.
Ossoff, 33, is credited as an executive producer on 2016’s Stacey on the Frontline: Girls, Guns & Isis, and the 2018 Stacey Dooley Investigates episode Face to Face with Isis.
The link was initially noted by author Tom Phillips on Twitter, and people’s minds were blown, with journalist Charlie Phillips tweeting: ‘So. Even though I’d seen him speak a lot, and knew his face was familiar, I did not realise it was THAT Jon Ossoff. That is so amazing.’
In the 2016 documentary, aired on BBC Three, Stacey embedded herself on the frontline in Iraq with an all-female Yazidi battalion, who were taking revenge on Isis.
The journalist and Strictly star returned to Iraq a year on for Face to Face with Isis, for which she interviewed a 23-year-old Yazidi woman called Shireen who was held captive by Isis for two years and raped.
Stacey was criticised for the episode and accused of exploiting Shireen, a survivor of rape who was still living in a displacement camp and whose sister was still in Isis territory.
Speaking to the Sunday Times last year, Stacey said: ‘My hand to my heart, I genuinely feel like she wanted to tell us everything that she did, and whenever she said she didn’t want to, then we just didn’t talk about it.
‘She seemed very at peace. I don’t think that she regrets being there. I think she took a lot from it. I feel really happy with how that was handled. I mean, it’s such difficult territory, and it’s impossible not to second guess and think, “Could we have done this or this?” But I think she was well looked after and her health was prioritised, her mental health.’
Ossoff has worked as a producer on a number of documentaries and shorts over the years about Africa and Sierra Leone, as well as Stacey’s docs.
However, in 2017, he broke into politics running as the Democratic nominee for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, although he lost against Republican Karen Handel in the runoff election.
This time round, though, he looks set to unseat David Perdue, although the race is still too close to call, with Ossoff at 50.19% and Perdue at 49.81% of the vote.
Ossoff has already declared victory, while Democrat Raphael Warnock has officially taken a seat from the GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler.
If Ossoff wins, the Democrats gain control of the Senate.
Credit: Original article published here.