With less than two weeks to go in this marathon of a Governor’s primary, Eric Johnson has a few things he would like you to focus on rather than his lock on 4th place in the polls.
He’s been endorsed today by the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune, (which are running the same editorial, and thus I will assume the Tribune is also owned by Marietta publisher Otis Brumby).
Johnson is also touting the new addition of Jim Lientz to his campaign, adding one more high level backer of current Governor Perdue into Johnson’s camp.
While Johnson has yet to show significant upward momentum in the polls, we’ve also been preaching ’round here that the final 3 weeks of the campaign would be what mattered. With most polls still showing 40% +/- undecided, there’s plenty of room for any of the candidates with an active ground game and media presence to make a move.
The battle now is whether or not those undecided voters decide, or decide not to vote. We’ll know in less than two weeks.
Jim Lientz press release below the jump.
ATLANTA- Senator Eric Johnson, Republican candidate for Governor, today announced that Jim Lientz has joined his campaign as co-chairman. Lientz retired as Chief Operating Officer of the State of Georgia, a position he had held since January of 2003, on June 30th.
“After working closely with Governor Perdue for 7 ½ years, I know how difficult the challenges the next Governor will face are going to be,” said Lientz. “Eric has the combined experience in the private and public sectors that we’re going to need in our next Governor. As a successful businessman, he understands what the private sector needs to grow and create jobs and as a legislative leader he knows how to get it done.”
Lientz previously served as President of Bank of America’s Mid-South Division and Chairman of the TriVeritas Group. In 2000, he chaired the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and in 1998 he served as Chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He became Georgia’s first Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and was responsible for working with the majority of state agencies, boards, and commissions to accomplish Governor Perdue’s goals.
“I am proud to welcome Jim to our team. His unique background as a well respected business leader and Chief Operating Officer of the state will provide invaluable insight and knowledge,” said Johnson. “He is one of the many community leaders I will be looking to for advice and counsel and I appreciate the trust he has placed in me and our campaign to put Georgia back to work.”
Lientz joins numerous other well-known Georgia leaders including campaign chairman Steve Green, Virgil Williams, Jamie Reynolds, Taz Anderson, Tom Bell, Sonny Deriso, Barbara Dooley, Jim Edenfield, Joe Rogers, Suzanne Sitherwood, Charles Tarbutton, and Ben Tarbutton who are supporting Eric Johnson for Governor.