Eric Johnson taking to the airwaves

Eric Johnson will be the first GOP candidate for Governor to hit the airwaves:

Starting Tuesday, Eric Johnson will become the first Republican candidate for Georgia governor to advertise on TV this year.

The former Savannah state senator will buy cable time in Atlanta, Savannah, Macon and Augusta, said Steve Green, his state campaign chairman.

Green said 30-second spots will air on ESPN, the Golf Channel, Fox, the Weather Channel, the History Channel and the Home and Garden Channel.

He said the opening barrage is timed to coincide with the Masters golf tournament, which begins Thursday in Augusta.

And so it begins.

94 comments

    • Romegaguy says:

      will his ads feature the underaged porn he used to show to legislators staring Genarlow Wilson?

  1. Jim Bob says:

    Exactly! And when folks do find out who he is, they will then discover he has a voting record……

    • Provocateur says:

      Ah good. Another genius who would rather our government officials launch investigations based on rumors and “Well, everyone knows so-and-so are doing it.” Which was the precise extent to Bobby Kahn’s “complaint.”

      • AlanR says:

        Genrally, all investigations start with some suggestion or rumor that something is amiss. If you had the facts you wouldn’t need the investigation. Has anyone noticed how much Johnson looks like Claude Raines?

        • Provocateur says:

          Investigations should be dealing with witnesses willing to come forward and swear an oath to tell what they witnessed. “Everybody knows it” is hardly a substitute for a sworn deposition.

  2. Mae says:

    Eric Johnson as Georgia’s next Governor – no way!
    I just don’t think any number of TV ads will make people forget Johnson’s role in the Jekyll Island land grab deal orchestrated to the immense benefit of the co-chairman of his campaign finance committee, Jamie Reynolds. Johnson cheered the deal on and worked his butt off to secure $50 million in state aid for the Reynolds’ project. The deal was eventually nixed, largely because it became so obscenely generous that it violated the gratuity clause in Georgia’s constitution, but if Johnson had his way, Reynolds would have been able to pick clean the bones of Jekyll Island State Park.
    The last thing Georgia needs now is another Governor who confuses public service with self-service.

    • Tireless says:

      LMAO ….. you do have your finger on the pulse of material issues that voters are worried about. The average voter doesn’t care about things like jobs, education, fiscal management, the economy, taxes …. stuff like that. Stuff that Eric Johnson can prove he has tackled throughout his long career as a leading member of the conservative GA republican party. Voters don’t care about politicians that violate Congressional ethics standards. They aren’t worried about candidates that blatantly lie on their resumes about their actual (non) work experience in the private sector. They don’t care if certain candidates hunt, vacation, fly around with folks they are supposed to regulate. Nope, they are focused like laser beams on Jekyll Island.

  3. ivyjohn10 says:

    Who cares, just a cheap stunt to try to get his name ID out of single digits. He needs to something to get himself out of the margin of error in the polls.

    • GOPGeorgia says:

      It’s not a cheap stunt. Buy air time is not the samething as earned media which might or might not be a cheap stunt.

        • GOPGeorgia says:

          Buying airtime is regular business when running for statewide office. Unless you don’t have the money to do it.

          • AlanR says:

            I agree. He’s got the money and he’s running out of time. There is no downside, unless his ads are stupid and tacky. We’ll soon see.

            • Henry Waxman says:

              I’ve still got my fingers crossed for a Tiger Woods ad. The way Tiger has been losing clients he can’t afford to be too picky. Plus, Eric could probably hook him up with a nice place on Jekyll. 😉

  4. Georgia Citizen says:

    Readers: Please read the comments of South Fulton Guy and Mae above, to see clearly that Mr. Johnson is more of the same venal type that we’ve had in control in our State Capitol for some years. It is shameful and embarrassing. Please, let us come to our senses, and reject this sort of candidate! Start looking at other, much more desirable, honest candidates. Democrats might look at DuBose Porter; Republicans might look at Jeff Chapman. Google these two to see their websites.

  5. rushin says:

    Two things are sure:
    1. The next Governor of Georgia will be a Republican (Roy will cream Dubose, but don’t believe Roy is going to make a comeback. This is a red state now, and it’s not going back anytime soon!).
    2. Jeff Chapman ain’t gonna be it (sorry mae and Georgia Citizen). Nobody really cares about the Jekyll thing except a handful of Jeff’s own constituents, and nobody there or anywhere else even knows what he’s so red in the neck about. Down there he’s a joke. Don’t believe me? Go down there and ask!

    I like Eric Johnson because he’s the only GOP candidate with a clue about education reform (not just the right words, but words he has backed up with legislation that has cost him – he’s not afraid to stick out his neck for the right reasons) and economic development. The Ox is good at goring people, and he’s a former Dem. We learned why that’s not a good idea with Perdue. Handel is smart and a good competitor, and the rest of the GOP field is falling away, including Dealmaker.

    Between EJ and Handel. Nod to EJ. Next Gov. Any bets?

    • Henry Waxman says:

      Well, if Jodi Rell can be governor of Connecticut without ever completing her college degree, maybe Handel can pull it off after all.

      However, it is important to note that Rell became governor only because the previous governor John Rowland resigned while she was Lt. Gov.

    • Jim Bob says:

      1) Actually, Deal is the best candidate for education. His life blood is education and takes a back seat to no one on this issue.

      2) I guess Jekyll IS economic development. Reynolds should be pleased.

      3) Handel supports gay marriage/domestic partners.

      4) Handel smart? See Henry Waxman’s comments.

      • Republican Lady says:

        JB,

        Where, in writing, is it written that Handel supports gay marriage/domestic partners? Certainly not on her website so unless she says she supports that, it is one of the lies you people try to force on those who can’t think for themselves.

        Handel has the smarts but more than that, she has an ethical backbone and the “balls” to do the right thing, no matter what other people think.

        • Henry Waxman says:

          Location: The Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC
          Year: 2011

          Father: “Son, you need to go to college and get a degree. If you don’t get an education, you won’t be anything.”

          Son: “Well, apparently, I move to Georgia and be elected governor by those stupid rednecks.”

          Father: “….I guess you have a point.”

          • Henry Waxman says:

            I guess I am a stupid redneck since I can’t seem to proofread before I click submit.

            *”Well, apparently, I can move to Georgia and be elected governor by those stupid rednecks.”

            • College degrees can be over-rated. Sure, they’re needed for certain things like doctors, lawyers, engineers. But in the IT field, I’ve trained more people with college degrees and MCSE and other certifications than I care to think about.

            • Icarus says:

              Well, I guess once you guys get the proper value assigned to it, you can get the state to give you a no-bid contract for it…

        • Tireless says:

          I would love for Handel to define her “executive” position at KPMG. Given the fact I worked there while she was there, I can’t seem to remember her sitting in her “executive” office. Maybe the confusion comes from the simple fact there weren’t any positions with the title “executive” other than “executive secretary”. I also remember all of the professional positions at KPMG required one to have a college degree. Lying on a resume is hardly ethical.

        • Jim Bob says:

          Republican Lady,

          I noticed your name isn’t ‘Conservative Lady”, which is why you seem to support the liberal in the Republican group.

          Also, you will soon know where and when Handel stated she supported gay marriage and domestic partners…..trust me….

          • Republican Lady says:

            Jim Bob,

            Since you don’t know me, what makes you think I am liberal and not conservative? Because I don’t believe you when you claim to be in the know and I am not? The fact you make that statement causes you to lose credibility with me.

            I have re-read Karen’s post along with the literature I got from two of her debates and no where does it say she supports gay marriage and domestic partners. Here is a link to her website. Maybe you should read her information before posting something not listed on her site. To do it your way is to spread mis-information, therefore, I do not believe your claims.

            http://www.karenhandel.com/site/c.nmL0KhN0LxH/b.5326803/k.C75C/Issues.htm

            Here is a direct quote from the link above.

            “Marriage is between a man and a woman only. To anyone who thinks otherwise, I say, “Bring it on.” “

        • AlanR says:

          In fairness, Handel does have some explaining to do. It would be pretty crazy for her to admit some of her past campaign rhetoric on her web site. And no, I don’t think she ever supported gay marriage, but I think she was very supportive of a lot of gay rights issues, enough so to get the financial backing of the metro area gay community.

          And I agree with GOP. There’s a lot of really well educated people in DC right now doing some really dumb things. Anyone like Handel who started from nothing in a place like Baltimore and earned her way up has accomplished a lot more than someone who went to college on their family’s money. Glenn Richardson has a BA and a JD from GSU — who would you trust to make the right decision? The person who started with nothing and doesn’t have a degree, or the person with the degree who wound up with nothing?

          • AubieTurtle says:

            A quick web search comes up with an article from The Southern Voice that pretty agrees with your post:

            Handel, the behind-the-scenes Republican player who won the Fulton County Commission chair race in 2003, reached out to gay voters in her campaign, and before that in a failed run for the commission a year earlier. The Log Cabin Republicans backed her, and Handel took part in Pride, the AIDS Walk and a Georgia Equality barbeque that year. She even stumped for the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats, though they ended up backing a gay Democrat.

            Handel pledged to give gay Fulton residents a place at the political table, without necessarily supporting all of our issues. She supported Amendment 1, but without publicly lobbying for its passage.

            Handel was forthcoming and fair-minded in her campaign, expressing an interest in expanding the domestic partner benefits the Fulton County Commission passed four months before her election. After she assumed her post, gay Republicans called Handel a “a model for future metro Republican candidates.”

            http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=%22karen+handel%22+%22gay+marriage%22+fulton&d=4763333555062488&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=fdeaf28f,440ec17b

            • ivyjohn10 says:

              Are you claiming that an editorial in a bankrupt gay publication should be considered fact, and proof of your claims to Handel’s position?

              • AubieTurtle says:

                What claims did I make of Karen Handel’s position? I posted part of an article that seemed to support someone else’s claim.

                What does the publication being bankrupt have to do with anything? The article is from 2005 when apparently the publication was doing just fine. Does going bankrupt magically make everything ever published by a publication false?

                What does the publication being gay focused have to do with anything? Are you suggesting that in 2005 there was a gay time machine used to come into the future and see that Handel’s would be running for government so they placed an article in their publication to somehow embarrass her?

                While I do have some gay friends, I’m not very familiar with the gay community as a whole so I can’t really say that she is currently perceived as gay-friendly or gay-hostile. From the article it sounds like she was liked by the gay community when she was running for an office in which the gay vote was important (Fulton Co Chair) but became gay hostile when being friendly to the community became a liability for statewide office.

                Is this going to be another one of those threads where I get attacked for being both anti-Karen and a Karen apologist at the same time? Sorry I haven’t picked a side and decided to view everything through a tinted lens. Not being a partisan, I’m not in the practice of ignoring or promoting information based on what is best for the candidate to whom loyalty has been pledged.

                • ByteMe says:

                  If you’re a Republican, yeah, that’s pretty much two of the big three that would invalidate any position you might have.

                  Having been aborted would be the third.

        • Provocateur says:

          Um, yeah. Because someone gets elected to something that means they are “smart enough.”

          “Smarts” are not really a pre-requisite for getting elected. The really smart people spend their days working in the private sector rather than seeking ego-boosting positions of public office.

        • Provocateur says:

          And..further, GOPGeorgia, aren’t you elected to something? Does that make you smarter than me or anyone else who isn’t elected to something?

          • GOPGeorgia says:

            I don’t claim to be smarter than anyone, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night. Just kidding about Holiday Inn. I am lucky enough to be trusted by my peers in the GOP to advance the Republican Party agenda in the Ninth. That doesn’t make me any smarter than anyone else. It could be argued that I am trusted by my peers but I don’t think that holding an office in the GOP equates to being smarter than anyone, unless you are talking about being politically smart; and even that is debatable.

            However, in a good debate, I think I hold my own when it comes to providing facts that support my opinions. I post on here for two main reasons. The first reason is that I enjoy it. The second is that I am out to sway public opinion. That doesn’t mean I am out to change the minds of the posters, just the readers. Time will tell if I am successful in that.

            To end if you are elected to public office, as opposed to political office, you have to have something going for you. It may or may not be “smarts,” but it’s enough to get 50% +1 to vote for you. It could just mean that you are liked. I’ve learned that the best (most qualified) candidate doesn’t always win, just the one who can persuade 50% +1.

  6. rushin says:

    And it’s BRILLIANT to launch TV during the Masters. On cable. Excellent use of funds. Makes an economical PR splash. Puts everybody else on the defensive. Nice move, Sen. Johnson!

    • Howard Masters says:

      Brilliant move?

      Most of the Atlanta metro schools are on spring break. Why would you start a TV campaign, when the vast majority of people you need to reach out to will be on vacation?

      • Henry Waxman says:

        Sarcasm is one kind of irony; it is praise which is really an insult; sarcasm generally invovles malice, the desire to put someone down, e.g., “This is my brilliant son, who failed out of college.”

  7. lewthecaver says:

    Eric (I’d rather be a Reynolds) Johnson for governor? Laughable, but his campaign would indeed make for a lot of entertaining banter when his voting record comes out! He got caught with his pants down on the Jekyll Island/ LLC debaucle and the same will be the case with a gubernatorial candidacy! Just another head on the same snake in Georgia government!

  8. SouthGAConservative says:

    I’ve been MIA for awhile, so I’ll announce my disclaimer again: I am an Eric Johnson supporter.

    That being said, I’m also from South/Coastal Georgia and the Jekyll things is a giant non-issue even around here. I mean c’mon, there are tons of people in South GA that don’t even know about the Water Wars or understand why they should care about that. So, you want to claim Jekyll as a decider? Mmm, don’t think that’s going to get traction.

    I feel confident in saying that Chapman is nonexistent. I almost think someone is putting him up to be in this race because they think he can steal votes from Johnson. There, I said it! It’s out.

    As for the Johnson/Handel match up, Johnson has the money to reach the voters, Handel doesn’t and that’s going to be huge if at no other time than against Roy. (Oh, and Eric has gone up against Roy and won. Note: Republican majorities, Roy losing office, Senate bills, etc) I don’t think Handel has the money to take Roy, she can’t fundraise now what is it going to look like later? And that concerns me, a lot. I’d much rather stick with the candidate I already like, that is familiar with Barnes, has beaten him before, and can keep up in the fundraising so as to get the message out for the general election.

    Go EJ.

    • Republican Lady says:

      I haven’t seen the latest disclosure reports but wouldn’t it be something if the candidates with the most money but the least ethics lost, and the candidate with moderate financial resources and is the most ethical, won?

      That would prove that the winner has the skills and ability to not only be governor, but to tame the budget beast.

      Sorry EJ, it ain’t you, OX, or Deal.

      Can you guess who she is?

      • SouthGAConservative says:

        Wouldn’t it be something if the candidate with moderate resources got in office and accomplished nothing because she was too busy alienating the group that she needs to pass her “let’s just hack away at it because I said 10% and I don’t care what 10% it is or if that’s even a good idea” agenda?

        I don’t see her “moderate resources” as making her some noble underdog. Especially since her line recently has been nothing but whining. “I’m not a career politician” Bull, you made your career in politics, even if you weren’t elected the whole time. Give me a break.

        “It’s my turn, they’ve had theirs” Not as governor, and you quit every turn you got. Stopming your foot and saying “pick me!” isn’t a reason to vote for her.

        I personally can’t stand her, she’s catty, she’s whiny, and she acts entitled. As a politician I like her even less.

        As much of a feminist as I am, I really can’t even get behind her as a woman. I just can’t, after seeing and hearing her, and mostly importantly overhearing her, I’m just disgusted quite honestly. And those characteristics do not give her the skills to bring the coalitions together that are going to be necessary for the next governor to get the job done. As a matter of fact, they’d be what’s stops her.

        I don’t know about you but I don’t need another 8 years of Sonny. Inaction (mostly due to), overly and obnoxious bullheadness. Nope. Not for me and my vote. I need someone who is going to get their agenda done and move my state forward. Not create enemies and stomp her foot when she isn’t getting her way.

        Sorry to come off so strong RL, this isn’t a reflection on you but your candidate’s poor attitude.

        • DMZDave says:

          Karen’s campaign should be pleased. She wouldn’t get attacked in this over the top manner unless SouthGAConservative and others thought she was the clear frontrunner.

          • ByteMe says:

            thought she was the clear frontrunner.

            Overplayed. Should have gone with “thought she was a threat.”

          • Jim Bob says:

            DMZDave,

            If that is the standard for “frontrunner”, then one would certainly have to put Deal in that category….like him or not.

          • SouthGAConservative says:

            She’s certainly a top 4. No dispute there. Especially since she’s been in a statewide race, so duh. That’s what a lot of these polls have been, name recognition, which is what this post is about EJ building up. I imagine the polls at end of May/into June will start showing us what this race is really looking like. The general voting population isn’t tuning in just yet.

            And clear frontrunner? Nope. I said the above because she makes me that aggravated.

        • Republican Lady says:

          South Georgia Conservative,

          You mentioned Karen “quit at every turn” without specifiying when and where she quit. You failed to mention that Johnson quit and Deal quit, changed his mind to come back, then quit again. Mentioning her and not the other two is toying with the facts.

          What did she do to piss you off so much? Not back you on something you wanted? I have nothing against you either but all I see is anger toward her with no indication as to what she has done to make you so angry. I understand you don’t like her but your comments come across as sour grapes. These are subjective comments based on emotion and not facts that I can see from your post.

          As governor, Karen won’t be another Sonny because she is nothing like Sonny. From what I am learning about Eric, he will be another Sonny, like the Jekyl Island fiasco for one, not standing up to Glenn Richardson for another.

          Give me an example of “her whining” because frankly, I haven’t seen it. Where did she say “let’s just hack away at it because I said 10% and I don’t care what 10% it is or if that’s even a good idea?” Was it at an event? In writing? During a speech? Or is that your opinion based on your attitude toward her?

          Where was she when she stamped her foot? She hasn’t stamped her foot at the last two events in which I heard her debate and she has posted her stance on several issues important to this race. Have you seen her stamp her foot?

          See the link below for more information on where she stands.

          http://www.karenhandel.com/site/c.nmL0KhN0LxH/b.5326803

    • Provocateur says:

      Actually, Handel may have the capacity to come up with a good inflow of money. It will likely not originate from outside contributors, though.

  9. Mayonnaise says:

    Folks have been in denial about Eric Johnson for almost a year now. Come next week, he will be first in cash-on-hand and first to hit the television airwaves. Yep, he doesn’t stand a chance.

  10. John Konop says:

    This bipartisan shot could hurt Johnson is a general election.

    ….Candidates for governor and other offices already are talking about it.

    “This thing was swept under the rug,” said former Democratic governor Roy Barnes, seeking to reclaim the office.
    House Minority Leader DuBose Porter of Dublin, another Democrat running for governor, and Rep. Austin Scott of Tifton, seeking the GOP nomination, agree.

    So does Gary Horlacher, a Democratic candidate for attorney general.

    “By any objective assessment, there was enough to initiate an investigation,” Horlacher said…..

    http://savannahnow.com/news/2009-12-13/ethics-case-stalks-johnson-run

    • Provocateur says:

      Gosh. Roy Barnes says so? And, did Roy Barnes bother to mention (as an element of full disclosure) that his former chief of staff Bobby Kahn and still-current political confidant was the one who filed the complaint?

      • Tireless says:

        Why would anyone question the non-partisan Bobby Kahn? LMFAO.

        I think some folks here don’t understand the person you want on your side is the candidate your opponent doesn’t want to run against. I seem to remember how all of the liberals loved John McCain until the moment he won his party’s nomination.

    • Tireless says:

      Another funny post ….. you actually used the word bipartisan to describe those partisans. Maybe we should get ACORN’s opinion on this pressing matter.

  11. ivyjohn10 says:

    Handel worked for one of the most conservative politicians there is, VP Quayle. Given all the focus on fund raising, I reviewed the last disclosures and saw contributions from the former worldwide head of KPMG, Neal Purcell.

    Handle is the only person in the race with an executive management background. The Johnson sock puppets must realize that Handel is the one to beat.

    She is the only one who will be a strong contrast to Barnes.

    • SouthGAConservative says:

      Hahahaha…..funny. Pot are you trying to call out the kettle?

      They’re Republicans, they’ll each have some big business names. You know, pro-business party and all.

    • Tireless says:

      If you knew Neal Purcell you wouldn’t brag about his endorsement.

      Let me very clear…..she was never an executive at KPMG. The only “executive” roles in that partnership belonged to CPA Partners, not admin staff.

    • Republican Lady says:

      Ivyjohn10,

      Do you know this Tireless person who posted several spaces above that Karen wasn’t an “executive” anything? I’m with you, I don’t see someone like Neal Purcell contributing to her campaign if she wasn’t in some type of higher management position where he would be able to see her potential to the point he would make a donation.

    • Henry Waxman says:

      She never worked for Dan Quayle. There is a huge difference between being on the VP’s staff and the Second Lady’s or the Second Gentleman’s staff. The VP’s staff actually does policy.

      • Henry Waxman says:

        However, she was Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Perdue for less than a year. Of course, wasn’t that the year that Perdue did his ethically questionable land deal????

      • Republican Lady says:

        On her site, she says she worked for Marilyn Quayle. Is that what you are referring to in this post? Or did I miss something.

        • Henry Waxman says:

          ivyjohn10 said Karen Handel worked for “VP Quayle,” and I was correcting the record by stating that she worked for the Second Lady, Marilyn Quayle.

  12. Provocateur says:

    Here’s an interesting statistic from 2006 in the Democratic race of Cathy Cox vs Mark Taylor.

    March 15, 2006
    Rasmussen “Head-to-Head” Poll taken of 500 voters of which Democrat would fare better against Sonny Perdue:

    51% (Perdue) vs. 41% (Taylor)
    49% (Perdue) vs. 41% (Cox)

    Cox appeared to be a stronger opponent against Perdue, and yet Cox lost the primary. People talk about Handel now faring better in head-to-head polls against Barnes. What does it all mean? Nothing.

    http://legacy.rasmussenreports.com/2006/State%20Polls/March%202006/Georgia%20Governor%20March.htm

  13. Mae says:

    SouthGA Conservative may be right that Jekyll is not as hot issue an issue as it once was and may not be a factor of any weight in the upcoming election. However, the fact remains that the Johnson’s intimate involvement with the Reynolds family (Linger Longer Communities) and the Jekyll land deal does not reflect well on his character or ethics. My guess is that this issue will haunt Johnson throughout the rest of his campaign. No matter how much money he spends, he won’t be able to buy trust.

    As for the claim that Jeff Chapman entered the race to spite Johnson, I would say, “why on earth would he ever do that?” My guess is that such a lame claim betrays a worry among Johnson’s fans about Chapman’s ability to appeal to voters on a level that Johnson cannot — principles and ethics.

    And, whoever said Johnson is “brilliant” for launching his TV ads during the widely viewed Master’s tournament might want to rethink that claim. There is a cloud hovering above that tournament with Tiger Woods’ first golfing appearance since his well-publicized moral and ethical lapses. Does the Johnson camp really want the TV screen to move from Woods to a commercial break for a Johnson plug paid for by the million-plus dollars raised for the Johnson campaign by the Reynolds family of Jekyll fame? Like I said, principles and ethics……

    • Provocateur says:

      So, rich and successful folks are unethical? Well, in that case, I guess Karen’s two-fer support from Fred Cooper and Eric Tanenblatt matches whatever beef you got on the Reynolds.

      • Fred Smulavich says:

        As someone who was so morally judgmental in another thread, it is hilarious that you try to twist Mae’s comments away from Johnson’s potential ethical lapses to an “anti-rich” spin.

  14. GVilleMan says:

    Don’t forget, Eric was one of the leading senate members during the Republican takeover of that branch. Guys like him and Bill Stephens have shown their ability to lead and their determination to the cause. I think Georgia would be much better off if these two were elected to the governors mansion and the 9th district, respectively.

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