John Oxendine installs another campaign manager

John Oxendine’s Republican campaign for governor is about to announce its third campaign manager in less than a year – but this installation is being characterized as a shuffle rather than a shake-up.

Tim Echols of Athens, who had been campaign manager since last summer, will take a policy position with the campaign.

The new campaign manager will be Stephen Puetz, who had been political director for the Tom Foley gubernatorial campaign in Connecticut. Here’s his Twitter page. And below is some bio material he’s posted on Linked In:

Prior to joining John Oxendine’s campaign for Governor as the Campaign Manager, Stephen was the Political Director for Connecticut Republican Gubernatorial front-runner Tom Foley. In this role, he created a robust political staff operation, implemented a dynamic nominating convention and field program, and developed an overall political strategy for a three-phase campaign.

During the 2008 election cycle, Stephen was the senior associate with campaign consulting firm Revolvis (formerly Coronado Communications). He oversaw voter targeting for eight campaigns, and was the lead ground consultant on three campaigns with budgets of over a million dollars each.

From September 2007 to February 2008, Stephen was the California Field Director for Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign, responsible for organizing the volunteer effort in all 53 California Congressional districts. Stephen established 27 phone bank operations, which made nearly 250,000 phone calls in the final week of the campaign. He was also deployed by the Romney Presidential Campaign to Clarke County, Nevada, to design and implement a critical walk program during the successful 2008 state caucus.

Stephen has directly managed four high-profile races, including two winning campaigns with close-margin victories in significant voter registration disadvantage districts. Notably, he managed California Republican Assemblywoman Shirley Horton’s 2006 re-election campaign, which was the number one targeted and most expensive State Assembly race that cycle at 3.5 million dollars.

The following came in this evening:

“Puetz will manage the staff and grassroots organization,” said
Tim Echols, campaign spokesman. “With momentum building in this campaign, we are now staffing-up.

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In The Arena

March 14th, 2010
3:52 pm

another one bites the dust

Georgia Voter

March 14th, 2010
3:53 pm

not good for the Oxendine campaign 4 months out from the primary

[...] Galloway at the AJC is reporting that John Oxendine has a new campaign manager, former Political Director for Republican Tom Foley’s Gubernatorial Campaign in Connecticut [...]

Georgia Voter

March 14th, 2010
5:08 pm

Why did Ox hire a someone to run his campaign that is from California?


March 14th, 2010
5:17 pm

How is this new boy going to hide the fact that THE OX is a crook? If he can the Huckster needs to hire him.


March 14th, 2010
5:22 pm

Can’t we do better than Ox, Deal, Handel, etc – unbelieveable!!


March 14th, 2010
5:49 pm

Vanessa, we can and we will.. his name is Eric Johnson!


March 14th, 2010
5:54 pm

We are in trouble for candidates…Oxendine is another Sonny Perdue… keep waiting on Handel to come out of the closet and tell us she is really a man in disguise and the rest are ‘who the hell ever heard of ?????’….sad day for Georgia

Alabama Communist

March 14th, 2010
5:55 pm

So John Boy has hired another Republican political consultant HO who can’t make it in the real world as a Taco Bell Server?


March 14th, 2010
5:58 pm

statesrights needs 2 things: an education, and to realize its 2010 not1860

Sick of Republicans

March 14th, 2010
5:59 pm

We need someone who cares about the schools – not another robber of taking constantly from the schools. Go Roy, Go.


March 14th, 2010
6:02 pm

The candidates for Governor of Georgia on both the Democrap and Retardican sides are pathetic. They prove that our democratic republic has degenerated into a kaistocracy. Of course, Clinton, Bush and Obama prove it on the national level.


March 14th, 2010
6:02 pm

That should read “kakistocracy”.


March 14th, 2010
6:03 pm

jd is another fine product of georgia schools like statesrights


March 14th, 2010
6:13 pm

Everyone who criticizes the quality of candidates for governor needs to keep one fact in mind: history proves that a winner will be chosen by an embarrassingly low percentage of registered voters.

Ole Guy

March 14th, 2010
6:19 pm

He can always put his son in there…he’s a “straight shooter”.

Church of The Latter Day Dude

March 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

John, man, you cannot carry this negative energy into the primary, man.

Certain things have come to light, man.

The Dude abides, man.


March 14th, 2010
6:27 pm

The problem isn’t with the campaign manager, it’s with the candidate.


March 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

Ox believes in money, politics and power. Regardless of race, religion or whatever. And I like his daddy.


March 14th, 2010
6:44 pm

States Right is a coward hiding behind his computer. He probably has a boss that’s Black.

Even if his post is a joke, he/she is still a coward. Sad.

Anyhoo, if John Oxendine run a campaign like he ran his office then it’s gonna be the “good ole boys” campaign. I know because I tried interviewing for a job at his office once and the experience of being in those offices made me withdraw my application. All that was missing was a big confederate flag and some white sheets.

Not saying that he’s a racist. But I doubt the presense of black people in his circle.


March 14th, 2010
6:47 pm

Eric Johnson is the only legitimate candidate on the republican side. Too bad he does not have the metro Atlanta recognition or the money to get his name out.


March 14th, 2010
6:48 pm

Come on, his daddy was the first black judge in Gwinnett County!


March 14th, 2010
6:56 pm

Ole Guy, that is too funny!!


March 14th, 2010
7:12 pm

John met his latest campaign manager while surfing in Cali with the Guvernator . . . believe that? Then you also believe he will be Governor . . .

Republican Dawg

March 14th, 2010
7:16 pm

Oxendine and Handel are the Democrats best chance to put Roy Barnes back in office. Oxendine has more baggage than Delta Airlines, and Karen Handel makes Stevie Wonder look like a visionary.


March 14th, 2010
7:17 pm

Go back a listen to Eric Johnson before the Republicans took over the legislature. When health care passes and if Eric Johnson is governor, I just might join Rush in Costa Rica… and I’m for health care!


March 14th, 2010
7:51 pm

He’ll lose the race regardless of the campaign manager.


March 14th, 2010
8:01 pm

So what! Can he dig tunnels.

John C.

March 14th, 2010
8:20 pm

I’m a hard-core conservative & I would rather vote for Barack himself than Oxendine. He’s an insurance company lackey who thrives on his ‘priveledge’. I will never let myself forget his arrogance when he was caught repeatedly using his state issue flashing light to by-pass Atlanta traffic. What a jack-ass.


March 14th, 2010
9:50 pm

Good things come in threes. Maybe this third campaign manager will convince Oxendine to drop out of the race.


March 14th, 2010
9:51 pm

And whatever happened to Jeff Breedlove leaving? Nothing was ever said why he left. Sounds like people are gradually exiting stage right with Ox.


March 14th, 2010
9:51 pm

Ox is so in the pockets of the insurance companies that he “supervises” it is sickening.

Conservative liberal

March 14th, 2010
10:19 pm

Tim Echols is out because Oxywhine finally realized that having an uber-conservative, father of way too many kids, creepy weird guy was hurting his campaign. I bet it won’t be long before he’s gone completely…

JD in Marietta

March 14th, 2010
10:27 pm

Oxendine has never held a job outside of government and in my opinion is not capable of running the State of GA. He is a lifelong politician, law school grad, and professional politician who shakes down the insurance companies he supposedly regulates for campaign contributions. Besides, he has the voice pitch of a prepubescent boy and that’s reason enough not to vote for him.

Home School Drop Out

March 14th, 2010
10:38 pm

OX will win.
Remember The Golden Rule.
Them that has the Gold; make the Rules.


March 14th, 2010
11:03 pm

John Oxendine can’t even run a comb through that kinky hairdo of his, much less the state…John, do us all a favor and piss off…

[...] have word today that “front running” candidate for Governor John Oxendine has installed yet another [...]


March 14th, 2010
11:14 pm

John Oxendine thinks that those of us who have been here a while forgot about how a few years ago, he got caught using his magnetic “emergency” flashing car light improperly – simply to go through red lights when he was in a rush to go somewhere. He was so nonchalant when caught about it. More recently he blew off the fact his improperly trained son shot (and could easily have killed) a friend while on a hunting trip. Does anyone want someone with examples like these (and more) running the State? I don’t.

sick & tired

March 14th, 2010
11:37 pm

Oxendine will not win. Once everyone finds out about his real heritage they will run for the hills. there’s a reason why he can’t get the comb through his hair. i hoped he disclosed this to his new campaign manager.

Art Vandelay

March 15th, 2010
12:16 am

@states rights
your radical christian view is just as dangerous to the future of America as radical islam, radical is radical you hypocrite. please stop associating your radical sexist, racist lunatic views with the republican party. It is sick sociopaths like yourself who have made our party the laughing stock it has become, you have no place in any modern American politics be it left or right and any actual Republican left out there in the mold of Ronald Reagan instead of the minions of glenn beck we have today would label you a crazy terrorist who is a threat to himself,his family, and his country.

frugal voter

March 15th, 2010
5:31 am

OX and Deal are sleaze. Putz will stick around long enough to burn up the campaign money. Ox will be out of work…soon. Yeah!


March 15th, 2010
5:52 am

I can’t believe you idiots are responding to the writer calling himself / herself “Statesrights” Do you really think that is a real post? Nothing more than someone wanting Oxendine or the Republican party to look bad . . . i.e., a DemoRat.


March 15th, 2010
7:45 am

My man Ox, getting stronger everyday. Keeping the core team in place, and building on it. Getting ready to gore the competition in July, then send Barnes out to pasture.


March 15th, 2010
8:20 am

Statesrights — I read that as a spoof — hope so

Ray McBerry

March 15th, 2010
9:31 am

Who is the biggest crook, THE OX, THE REAL DEAL OR LINGER LONGER JOHNSON? Hard to tell isn’t it vote for me I’m honest.


March 15th, 2010
9:39 am

Only good thing Oxedine has done in last 45 years was he beat Tim Ryals as Insurance Commissioner. After that it has been down hill since.

Juan M.

March 15th, 2010
10:16 am

A hack politician with grossly unhidden ties to unethical conduct is hard to sell, no matter how the candidate is packaged or marketed.


March 15th, 2010
11:40 am

This is a true sign of strength within the Ox camp. It’s only when a campaign is going perfectly that you decide to change captains at this point in the race. It shows the Ox is very happy with where he is in the race right now. You know the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway.” Yep, Ox is looking really good right now.

Looking at the most recent Presidential primary, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was going so well, while Obama was clearly in trouble, despite his rising in the polls. Hillary did what anyone with a great campaign would do, she fired and replaced people. It was a clear sign of strength that worked well, as she won the primary and the elec, …, oh, wait….

But didn’t John Edwards shake up his campain this late in the, oh, wait….

Oh, well, just because this is a move that losers have done before doesn’t mean anything about Ox.

Art Vandelay

March 15th, 2010
11:57 am

@ Matt
As a lifelong Reagan Republican the uprising i have seen around this state of people dancing around at “tea parties” in crazy costumes, driving around with racist and derogatory signs on their cars about Obama who like it or not IS the President of the United States and does command a certain level of our respect, because patriotism isnt just when your party is in control, has lead me to realize there are people in this state who really think the things statesrights is saying whether they are joking or not. Perhaps the worst affect of the Obama presidency is the radical right wing sect it has exposed who will do nothing more but further set back and antiquate any sort of logical conservative agenda.


March 15th, 2010
12:24 pm

I heard Ox is hiring an Insurace company executive. I think it is the same company that loaded up his money chest.