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  1. GOP Senator says:

    Eric is not graciously stepping aside or seeking higher office. He’s being quietly dumped by the Republican Senate because we’re all fed up with his pettiness.

    Here’s a little backstory most don’t know.

    The year is 2004. Republicans control the Senate. Tom Price has stepped down as Senate Majority Leader to run for Congress. The fight is on between Bill Stephens and Casey Cagle. Eric Johnson, whose leadership of the Senate has generated significant resentment amongst the Senate Republican Caucus, despises Cagle and helps Bill Stephens squeak out a 1-vote victory.

    In retribution for daring to oppose him, Eric strips Cagle of his seat as Vice-Chair of the Senate Rules Committee. When Cagle protests, Eric responds “Look, I don’t like you or want you in my Senate. If you don’t like it, run for Lt. Governor. You’ll lose and we’ll be done with you.” That’s a direct quote, folks.

    Fast-forward to November, 2006. Cagle is the newly elected Republican Lt. Governor. After 4 years of Eric’s Fuhrer-esque rule, the Senate Caucus is so fed up that they restore the Lt. Governor’s traditional powers UNANIMOUSLY. Eric is no fool. After some initial maneuvering that failed, he backs down and tries to act like he agrees with it.

    Cagle, in the spirit of good will, and restoring unity in the Senate Caucus, takes the high road. No vengeance. No stripping of Committees. In fact, he allows Eric to keep his leadership role.

    Which brings us to July, 2008. Eric has been calling around the state trying to line up support for his possible LG bid.

    His pitch? “The problem is that since the day he won Casey has not done what’s best for the Senate or for the state because he’s all caught up in being Governor. I ran the Senate far better than Casey has. I just want to clean up Cagle’s mess and just serve a term or two. I don’t want to be Governor.” Yeah right. And folks, I’m quoting from the pitch he gave me!

    Unquestionably, this is one of the most stunning displays of ingratitude in Georgia political history.

    Trashing the very man who graciously allows your pathetic political career to survive, that’s the Eric Johnson people at the Capitol have to deal with everyday.

    Help us show Eric Johnson the door!

  2. GOP Senator says:

    Forgot to include Mitch. Mitch is a very good and decent man who has been an incredible whip. The Whip is a tough job and Mitch has the skills to do it well. We hope he will stay in that position and that Cagle will wisely include him more in leadership activities.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    It will be a piece of cake to show Eric Johnson the “door.” All anyone has to do is show how much money he has given out of his campaign account to ultra-left wing Georgia Democrats.

    Hell, if we wait a few months, we might even witness Eric making a contribution to the Democratic Party of Georgia.

  4. CoastalRepublican says:

    This is either a joke or another lame fantasy of Joel McElhannon, who has devoted his life to fighting Eric Johnson, with no success whatsoever.

    Eric will easily defeat Mitch Seabaugh. The Senate Republicans regret giving Casey Cagle all the power and are ready for Eric to be back in charge. Just compare the record of achievement under Casey with that of Eric.

    Eric will also easily defeat Joel’s candidate, Chip Rogers, for Lieutenant Governor, and then we will be done with Mr. Elhannon forever.

    Eric gave the contributions to Democrats because President Pro Tem is a constitutional office representing all the Senate, not just the Senate GOP Caucus.

  5. atlantaman says:

    “Eric will also easily defeat Joel’s candidate, Chip Rogers, for Lieutenant Governor, and then we will be done with Mr. Elhannon forever.”

    McElhannon and Rogers are very close, he runs all of Chip’s campaigns.

    “Eric gave the contributions to Democrats because President Pro Tem is a constitutional office representing all the Senate, not just the Senate GOP Caucus.”

    I don’t know what to say to that statement, as it’s strange on so many levels. It somehow implies if you hold a constitutional office, from Sonny Perdue and George Bush to Tom Murphy and Nancy Pelosi, you’re obligated to give money to members of the other political party; while holding the office.

  6. drjay says:

    if my memory serves me correctly–EJ has given to local sav’h area dems who were unopposed by the gop–the local sav’h delegation has a pretty good working relationship–i can’t speak to the inside basebal stuff from “gop senator”–but it has not been any big secret that EJ has been winding down his senate career–he was a bit brett favreish about whether he was running for reelection in 06 and has been very open about his plan to not run again after the 08 cycle–if he plans to pursue another elective office the ltguv race makes sense–esp. if cagle is seeking higher office in 2010…

    also my son has an interview w/ sen johnson on his blog from a couple of weeks ago

    http://www.politics4kids.com

  7. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Coastal,

    I think what Bill is specifically referencing is certain democrat HOUSE members in Cobb County. Even if your statement were remotely true about the Senate, how would you explain a contribution to a member of the opposing chamber?

  8. Bill Simon says:

    Jay,

    Eric has given to at LEAST two left-wing Dems who have Republican opposition.

    This is a link to my previous Vine (which, I fear either you or someone else has opted to not read):

    http://www.onlineitools.com/nl/nl-output.php?nl_id=53383&bus_id=2125&plain=0

    In that newsletter, it describes the $4600 Johnson gave Alisha Thomas Morgan who is opposed by Chris Cooper.

    AND, I just found out that Johnson gave $4600 to Dem Ed Tarver in Augusta who is opposed by Republican John Butler.

  9. drjay says:

    o.k bill — i will certainly ask the senator about that the next time i see him, i am also quite sure he will have a reasonable explanation, i realize you do not care for him, but i have always found him approachable, friendly, and professional and have been glad to have him as my state senator and as a leader in the senate

  10. Bill Simon says:

    DrJay,

    I do not “care for Eric” because, unlike what you folks in Savannah get, we get ALL of his “brilliant” observations of the world printed in the newspaper.

    You might think I’m bombastic…you don’t know your own state senator, Jay. THAT guy’s bombastic and untrustworthy to be any kind of leader of this state.

  11. drjay says:

    well he certainly is opinionated and i read the ajc fairly regularly so i am aware of a lot of what he says when he’s in the big city–clearly we just see him differently…

  12. CoastalRepublican says:

    “GOP Senator” is not a Republican state senator and is obviously either misinformed or delusional. Then again, it might be Mitch Seabaugh.

    Eric Johnson owes no explanations to Bill Simon. Eric is the President Pro Tem of the whole Senate, chosen UNANIMOUSLY by both Democrats and Republicans. His contributions to Democrats are consistent with his widely respected bipartisan stature as the Senator’s Senator and leader of the Senate.

    Chip Rogers should stop listening to Joel McElhannon, wait his turn and run for Majority Leader when Tommie Williams moves up to President Pro Tem. Mitch Seabaugh should consider himself lucky to be Majority Whip and cease this charade. Joel McElhannon should make peace with Eric Johnson now, before he becomes Lieutenant Governor.

  13. Dantes says:

    Seems pretty clear that Coastal is in fact Eric Johnson. Or his lapdog.

    Talk about delusional.

  14. Bill Simon says:

    “Eric Johnson owes no explanations to Bill Simon. Eric is the President Pro Tem of the whole Senate, chosen UNANIMOUSLY by both Democrats and Republicans”

    Well, to some degree you are accurate…as long as Johnson stays IN the Senate. Once he steps out of the state senate, and tries to run for higher office, he’s not going to be able to claim anything.

    If you think about it, this concept of Eric being Lord-King-Ruler of the senate is a lot like the star quarterback of any high school. Sure, the star QB has his big comfy letter jacket, and is the Big Man On Campus…but, when he graduates from high school and attends college, all of a suddent he ain’t so “big” anymore.

    And, if he will likely only wear his letter jacket once or twice before he realizes no one in the college environment gives one sh*t about what the star USED to be in high school.

    Same thing applies to Eric Johnson. Nobody’s going to give a sh*t who voted for Johnson to be Pro Tempore in the state senate.

    Wear that letter jacket proudly, Seantor Johnson…while you remain in high school. 🙂

  15. Giraffe says:

    I understand that Alicia Thomas Morgan is quite pro-school vouchers. I would imagine that is why he made the contribution.

  16. Demonbeck says:

    I think GOP Senator and CoastalRepublican are both Bill Simon trying to stir up trouble

  17. atlantaman says:

    Maxing out campaign contributions with Alicia Thomas Morgan is insane. Are there no other Republicans that could use the money?

    This is the same Alicia Thomas Morgan that cries racism and starts chanting negro spirituals on the losing votes.

    It looks like the winning team is Rogers as President Pro Tem, Chance Majority Leader, and Seabaugh as Whip. Mitch is such an amazing Whip and so key in that position, he’s needed there for a couple more terms.

  18. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Chip Rogers will make a great public servant whichever office he chooses to run for. Georgia needs more conservatives who are not afraid to take a stand.

    Atlantaman, so you would still support someone openly gives money to democrats that cry racism and chant spirituals at people whom they disagree over a true conservative that stands up for what we believe? Seems a little weird, but okay.

  19. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Chip Rogers will make a great public servant whichever office he chooses to run for. Georgia needs more conservatives who are not afraid to take a stand.

    Atlantaman, so you would still support someone who openly gives money to democrats that cry racism and chant spirituals at people whom they disagree over a true conservative that stands up for what we believe? Seems a little weird, but okay.

  20. atlantaman says:

    Not sure what you are talking about Brian. I think it’s ridiculous that Johnson gave the maximum contribution to Alicia Thomas Morgan.

  21. drjay says:

    http://savannahnow.com/node/540564

    its a little funny comparing the way this is being reported in the various media–the ajc insider blurb makes it sound much less sinister than the savannah paper’s story which makes seabaugh sound like he’s “challenging” EJ for the pro tem spot as opposed to intending to succeed him…

  22. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Atlantaman, you said:

    “It looks like the winning team is Rogers as President Pro Tem, Chance Majority Leader, and Seabaugh as Whip.”

    Which infers that you are supporting Eric as LG and Rogers to stay in the Senate and not run.

  23. atlantaman says:

    Brian-

    It doesn’t infer anything about my support for Erick. David Shafer is running for LG. I think Rogers is a great Senator and would make a fine LG, but I’m hearing from a number of folks he’s running for President Pro Tem.

  24. Bill Simon says:

    “It doesn’t infer anything about my support for Erick.”

    Hmm…I’ll bet if Eric spelt his name as “Erick”, he would get better name ID….

  25. Demonbeck says:

    Erick is running for LG? Has anyone told Eric? Does he have to give up his post at the Chic-Fil-A? He makes the best Swedish Chicken meatballs

  26. HankRearden says:

    I’m with atlman. Everyone should be looking at Sen Shafer. He is the man for the job of LG. Very Conservative and always on top of key issues. From Grady to GA’s water issues to stem cell research. Forget the unknowns that come with Rogers and the baggage of Johnson.

  27. WhiteFemaleVoters says:

    Someone once told me to watch out for Senator Shafer. So I watched him closely for the first couple of years. What I noticed is that he is one of the most intelligent members of the Senate both strategically and politically. I now consider him a friend and someone I go to when I need advise. He is my choice for Lt Gov. I am telling all my friends to support him. Especially over Chip Rogers who seems like he is “Plastic.”

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