In the crowded Republican primary for U.S. House District 1 to replace Jack Kingston, Bob Johnson has played an attack dog role, going after presumed frontrunner Buddy Carter. Now it seems that he may have inadvertently said some things that will damage his own candidacy. Politico has the story and the damaging quote:
“Now this is going to sound outrageous, I’d rather see another terrorist attack, truly I would, than to give up my liberty as an American citizen,” [Johnson] said, according to a video clip obtained by POLITICO. “Give me liberty or give me death. Isn’t that what Patrick Henry said at the founding of our republic?”
He criticized the TSA for “indoctrinating generations of Americans to walk through a line and be prodded and probed by uniform personnel, agents of the government, like sheep.”
Johnson tried to walk back his statement, insisting he should have chosen his words more carefully, but not withdrawing his criticism of the TSA.
In addition to Buddy Carter, Johnson faces Darwin Carter, Jeff Chapman, Earl Martin and John McCallum in a primary that is expected to head to a runoff.