Bob Johnson, Candidate for GA-1, Opens Mouth and Inserts Foot

May 6, 2014 15:15 pm

by Jon Richards · 12 comments

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.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

John Vestal May 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

So, which “Darwin” gets more votes….

Carter in the 2014 Ga-1 GOP primary or Charles in the 2012 Ga-10 general? :>)

ricstewart May 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

If Darwin Carter’s folks continue placing signs 40 miles outside of the district, I think Charles has him beat.

Three Jack May 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Kind of like saying ‘bless his heart’ before disparaging someone, Johnson prefaced his statement by saying, “Now this is going to sound outrageous”…all good after that, right?

Will Durant May 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Or I could do like my outwardly polite Southern mother and make my entire condemnation comeback of his comment:

Well bless his heart.

Thanks for the laugh TJ.

drjay May 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

i think it’s going to be buddy carter and mccallum in a runoff, so it’s of no consequence what dr. bob does or doesn’t do…

Jane May 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm

When you are in low single digits who have to throw a Hail Mary, but those rarely work.

Ellynn May 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

And I thought Jack annoyed me…

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 7, 2014 at 1:12 am

In the immortal words of Texas Governor Rick Perry…”Oops”.

Ludwig Von Beachbum May 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm

So Johnson misspoke and Buddy Carter accidentally and contentiously dropped legislation that benefits him as a pharmacist and his donors who among them are pharmacist. http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/24949608/i-team-investigates-pharmacy-bill#axzz314i5Cz2w and http://savannahnow.com/news/2014-03-13/buddy-carter-attacked-conflict-interest#.U2rAJ4FdUrU They say in Pooler Ga when Carter was mayor he kept out the competition in the drug business. Sound like a real job creator. How is it McCallum is in a run off? It is his first attempt to buy a congressional seat with 85% of his donors out of district.

drjay May 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

i am not sure who “they” are but the biggest pharmacy in pooler is in the wal-mart, and i think carter was mayor when they came to town…

and i have no “good” reason to pick mcallum for the runoff other than him being the only other one i’ve seen on tv and his mailers with newt featured prominently, and they have outnumbered everyone but buddy carter so far—really i suppose him, chapman (who does have a base in brunswick area) or even dr bob probably have decent chances at the runoff…

the idea of a pharmacist dropping bills to help pharmacists does seem potentially conflictish or shady, but really, when you have citizen legislators with other full time jobs, it’s a function of the system as opposed to the individual…as a dentist active in the gda, i know that folks like greg goggans and lester jackson become the point men for dental issues in the legislature, and i’m sure it’s the same for md’s, barbers, farmers, realtors, etc…and even pharmacists…

Ludwig Von Beachbum May 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

Yes but most have the sense not to raise their heads out of the fox hole so many times and those that do don’t do it so many times that they can not find a co-sponsor. What the other candidates should convey about Buddy Carter is that every month when they get their Georgia Power bill his job performance as a senator is on it with voting for sticking Georgians with the bill to build their nuclear power plant many will never live to see. Then when GPCO sent their Savannah area employees elsewhere for their prescriptions Carter became a solar fan. Sound like he is ready for Washington if that district wants more of the same. And very few keep out Walmart. Walmart is Chinese crap with a pharmacy attached to it. CVS and Wallgreens is a pharmacy with Chinese crap attached to it.

GG May 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Buddy Carter is the politicians politician. If elected, I see him bowing and kissing the ring of the speaker. He ducks for cover at every opportunity. The great waffler. Sad day for GA District 1 if this career butt kisser is elected.