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    • Truthteller says:

      it’s fine, standard fare script.

      the only bad part is that in an economy where people are losing jobs and pissed off about taxes, the smiling-at-the-end gig doesn’t cut it. it looks cheesy anyway. a real pro at tv would have had him deadpan serious at the end of the ad rather than a fast cutaway to eric the smiling guy. he should run pissed off, not happy.

      it’s more his personality anyway. serious, studious, not to be messed with. he should have ended serious, with a long straightforward gaze.

      • Sherman County says:

        Not him. But I wonder…if a lobbyist can make into your television commercials, what kind of access will they have to you as a Governor?

        • Mozart says:

          I have no idea who is in this commercial, but is it not the job of every lobbyist is to communicate their client’s position to the person of influence?

          Whether the person of influence is persuaded by what a lobbyist says or not, do you think all lobbyists are bad and should be banned from the Gold Dome…and let the legislators and governor make uninformed decisions on their own?

          • Sherman County says:

            Mozart,
            Agreed, lobbying is an honorable profession. Moreover, it really doesn’t matter that a lobbyist is in the advertisement. Only a relative handful of people would ever be able to spot the lobbyist. I digress.

            It was unfair for me to make any suggestions that this particular lobbyist would have any sort of special persuasive powers over Eric for being in the video.

            The point of my original comment was to allow readers to gather small amount of irony of the fact a lobbyist is present in Eric’s first paid television advertisement. Its funny.

  1. old political pro says:

    the capitol has been so much more pleasant without his childish games. why does he sound like he’s about to yawn half way through it?

  2. ZazaPachulia says:

    Are we sure he’s better than The Ox, Handel and Deal?

    The session needs to adjourn already so I can send little Bobby’s college fund to Austin Scott… or else, we’re screwed.

    • polisavvy says:

      It will end before long. I am guessing the week of the 22nd. Then Representative Scott will start rising. He’s not down and out by any means.

    • HowardRoark says:

      If little Bobby is anything like his father, he’ll make $5 million a year w/o a college ed.

    • Mozart says:

      WHAT??? I thought PeachPundit was responsible for “introducing” all candidates to us. Shocking that that isn’t true. How dare Eric take to the airwaves!

      This is gonna lead to nothing but more and more anachronisms! AND anarchy!

  3. bgsmallz says:

    Uhh…what does he stand for?

    If he really wanted to cut taxes and reduce spending, why did he bolt the Senate before the hard decisions had to be made this year on taxes and spending?

    Seriously? Is anyone else confused on why if these are all priorities, he quit the one job in the state where he could actually have an effect on those things?

    Politicians are concerned about words. Leaders lead with actions. Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson lost all credibility with me when he quit the Senate without finishing the job and actually taking up the fight which he so desperately wants all of us to believe he will do if elected to the Governor’s mansion.

    • Mozart says:

      Perhaps because he saw that leading the charge on cutting spending and increasing incentives for new businesses to prosper would be better accomplished when one’s power comprises 50%+ of the ability to influence people to steer towards that goal.

      Being one of 56 senators in a house that, itself, is 50% of 50% of a power position (i.e., 25% of the power) doesn’t lend itself to being able to steer legislation with so many cats to convince to herd this way or that way.

    • Tireless says:

      Yeah, he hasn’t done enough for GA during the 17 years he has been in office ….. he only lead the tremendous effort to change the control of this state from a bunch of cross-eyed liberals to an overwhelming conservative stronghold. What a quitter.

      From wiki…….

      “Eric Johnson (born August 20, 1953) is an American politician that served his State Senate seat representing the 1st District. The 1st Senate District comprises Bryan, Chatham and Liberty Counties. He recently resigned his Senate seat after 17 years in the Georgia General Assembly. He is a candidate for Governor of Georgia, looking to succeed term-limited Sonny Perdue in 2010.

      A Republican, he was first elected as a House member in 1992 and elected as the State Senator in 1994. He was reelected to the State Senate in 1996. His colleagues voted him as the Minority Leader in 1998 and served until 2001. In 2002, when Georgia elected the first Republican Governor in over 130 years, the state Senate also came under Republican control, and Eric was elected as the Senate President Pro Tempore. He essentially served as the de facto Lieutenant Governor. The Republican-majority stripped the power of then-Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor (Democrat)[1]. The power of the Lieutenant Governor was restored back to current Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle in 2007.”

      Golly gee, what has Eric Johnson done for me today?

      • bgsmallz says:

        Welllllllll…actually, since he quit last Sept, he didn’t do anything for me today except for waste 30 seconds of my life on a flimsy video for his governor’s campaign…. By the way, I love how when Wiki says “resigns” it must not mean the same thing to you as “quit.” Mirriam-Webster would argue otherwise.

        That is my point. He was in a position to influence the discussion on what could be the most difficult budget decisions this state has faced since he took office 17 years ago…he cut and run to try to win a governor’s race.

        I guess there was anything important to discuss this year….nope, I can’t think of one thing …nothing like a massive budget shortfall, a transportation initiative that has laid motionless for 8 years, water issues, a massive funding gap in education….nope, nothing really to see hear. Look at my video! Look at my poster! Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

  4. MSBassSinger says:

    I thought it was a well done ad for a 30 second spot.

    I wouldn’t make a decision who to vote for over it, but I do look for those telltale snippets that raise my bravo sierra antennae.

    In this ad, he talks about how he (i.e. government) is going to create jobs. Government cannot create net jobs – only the private sector can. No Governor can, no President can – not even Ronald Reagan. Each government job, on average, takes 1.2 private sector jobs away. All government can do is get out of the way of the private sector so the private sector can create jobs.

    If that is what he meant, he should have said that. If he can’t get that point across in a 30 second ad without sounding like a Democrat or Rockefeller Republican’t, perhaps he isn’t up to being Governor.

    • Mozart says:

      I see you may have missed the part about reducing regulation and cutting government spending…which means there is less of a tax burden on the business/corporate sector.

      Sometimes, one has to deduce what will occur based on being given facts of what he intends to do. Can’t really spoon-feed everyone in a 30-second spot.

      • MSBassSinger says:

        You miss the point. That action, as you describe it, does not create jobs. Whenever I hear a politician say they are going to create jobs, I know they are 1) ignorant or 2) lying.

        It is just as easy to say “I am going to do everything I can to get government out of the way so the private sector can create jobs. Give me a conservative legislature, and marvel at the results.”

        I heard what he said, and I know in a 30 second spot, he can’t give details. Besides, they all say something akin to what you described, and never deliver. Unless he has a conservative legislature, he couldn’t deliver even if he tried.

        • SouthGAConservative says:

          The next governor is likely to have a conservative legislature. And a way better Speaker.

          One of this methods for growing jobs, as governor, is to work on infrastructure which would employ one of the hardest hit sectors. I imagine there will have to be a lot of public-private partnerships going on.

          • MSBassSinger says:

            As far as the “public-private partnerships “, I hope not. A private company who “partners” with government is a bit like the farmer partnering with the fox to raise chickens.

            Like I said, a Governor cannot grow jobs. A legislature cannot grow jobs. Work with a conservative Legislature to get government out of the way – yes.

        • Mozart says:

          So, MBass, if I read you correctly, you would rather someone not even try to accomplish something, even if the odds were overwhelmingly (in your basic words here) against him to succeed?

          Do you teach Sunday School? You really should take your mental concept of “don’t-try-this-because-you-will-surely-fail” lesson and teach the kiddies how to think like a (literally) liberal. “Because, Kiddies, unless you are 100% certain you will accomplish XYZ, you should just sit on your duff and not attempt anything. Be happy with doing nothing.”

          • ByteMe says:

            think like a (literally) liberal. “Because, Kiddies, unless you are 100% certain you will accomplish XYZ, you should just sit on your duff

            Hmm… that sounds like the entire GOP on health care reform….

          • MSBassSinger says:

            Are you reading some other blog? Your response has absolutely nothing to do with what I wrote.

            A Governor can no more create net new jobs that the sun can rise in the West. Either Johnson said it out of ignorance, or he is just mindlessly repeating a phrase that is supposed to help attract votes. I am surprised how easily intelligent folks fall for such claptrap.

            How is getting government out of the way of private enterprise “doing nothing”? That doesn’t even make sense. There is a proper role for government that sometimes affects businesses that do not operate honestly. But government – local, state, and federal – has long passed that point heading left towards economic fascism and European socialism.

            I believe in trying to do what is right, and saying what is, at least to the best of my knowledge, true and accurate. I prefer to vote for candidates, and support them financially, when they do the same. Those kind of politicians are hard to find.

  5. ready2rumble says:

    Now we know why Johnson went up on TV. He is going backwards in the polls. The latest from IA/WSBTV

    John Oxendine: 26%
    Karen Handel: 18%
    Nathan Deal: 9%
    Eric Johnson: 5%
    Other 11%
    No Opinion: 31%

    • G. Moxley Sorrel says:

      No, it’s because he has raised enough money to go up early on TV with ads compared to the other candidates that wish they could!

        • Part-Time Atlanta says:

          Depends on the media market. Atlanta=expensive=who is Johnson? vs. Savannah=cheap=yeah, he’s an alright guy

    • Truthteller says:

      actually he got more publicity for earned media than the buy is worth, i’d bet.

      whoever goes up first on tv (even a cable buy in this case) gets another 50K in earned media stories. The real question is why the other candidates couldn’t pull it together to get the job done themselves.

  6. Pine Knot says:

    Not a bad ad IMO. Why does the OX have so many contributions from out of state in his newly released report?

  7. Pine Knot says:

    Tim Echols is raking in the money as well. Sorry. Not wanting to threadjack. I’ll quit until a new thread is formed.

  8. John Konop says:

    At the end of the day we need a real plan with details. I realize it is hard to do that in a 30 second ad. But what is the JOB plan beyond talking points that Johnson is proposing?

  9. HowardRoark says:

    New, shiny, innovative, engaging, sexy, etc? No. But I think it does what it’s supposed to do effectively. Raise positive name ID.

    Is there really a lobbyist in the thing? If so, that’s just terrible oversight.

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