Johnson: ‘I respect Casey too much’ to stay in race for lieutenant governor

Tim Bryant of WGAU (1340AM) in Athens was kind enough to send a sound clip of his interview this morning with Eric Johnson, the newest of five Republicans now in the race for governor.

Bryant asked the lawmaker from Savannah, the one-time leader of the Senate, whether jumping up the ballot from the lieutenant governor might be interpreted as a case of opportunism. Listen to the entire clip here.

Said Johnson:

“I originally had looked at running for governor, but my friend Casey and I were elected 15 years ago together, we’re colleagues, he’s the sitting lieutenant governor, and was apparently the front-runner for governor. So I said, ‘We’ve got a good man in the race, so I’m going to run for lieutenant governor….

“A cynic would say the best thing to do is stay in there and run against a guy flat on his back, but I respect Casey too much — and the surgery went well yesterday and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“But clearly a door opened. I’m tested, I’m ready to go.”

Johnson said his fellow senators “are on-board” with his campaign, and “a lot of the Cagle team has moved over.”

Specifically, Cagle fund-raiser Rebecca Grant Cummiskey has joined the Johnson campaign, to replace Leigh Ann Gillis — who was already committed to Karen Handel in the governor’s race.

Johnston strategist Derrick Dickey said Johnson campaign chairman John Watson — former chief of staff to Gov. Sonny Perdue — will hang with the organization for the time being. But ultimately Watson will bow out. “We will have a new campaign chair for the gubernatorial effort,” Dickey said.

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4 comments Add your comment

Will Jones - Atlanta

April 28th, 2009
4:52 pm

Eric Johnson is the front for the Mammon-worshipping, Jekyll Island-stealing, 9/11-committing-traitor-Bush “good buddy” Reynolds, who see a Founders’ Dream whig Obama Avalanche coming toward Rome’s Anti-Christ Fascist Plutocracy Tories…and not in anyway they can see that will be nice, or remunerative for them, the way draft-dodger Perdue, the Flying Veterinarian, has been…and they need to grab hold of the wheels of power in Georgia so they can keep shaping policy and stealing from our common wealth as fast as the Devil is whipping them on.

To the good and decent people of Georgia: Let’s put Max Cleland up against him and the rest of those who’ve been tapped for the Gay Old Perverts’ side, and stomp them all into the ground once the honest polls open.

Mark

April 28th, 2009
4:58 pm

Max Cleland!? Will – please – put the tin foil hat back on! lol

Coastal Cavalier

April 28th, 2009
6:08 pm

I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy but Good Lord Will takes the cake..

Will Jones - Atlanta

April 28th, 2009
9:11 pm

If you call yourself “Cavalier” and aren’t familiar with Mr. Jefferson’s exegesis of “the real Anti-Christ,” you really need to change your “handle,” for you are unworthy of the connection.