Two of the top-ranking Republicans in the contest for governor – Eric Johnson and John Oxendine — cut loose a first round of TV ads on Monday.
Both are designed to give voters a first look at the candidates. Neither campaign would tell us where or how often the ad is playing.
But spies tell us that Johnson has dropped $237,265 on metro Atlanta network this week, for 626 points. Oxendine’s Atlanta broadcast buy for the week now stands at $338,075, for 892 points.
First, the Oxendine ad:
The script, with Oxendine narrating:
“Too often, politicians worry more about their re-election than your future. But as insurance commissioner, I solved problems to help you. That’s what I’ll do as governor.
“My contract with Georgia is a reform plan to downsize government, scrap the income tax, and fix our transportation and water problems. This will attract businesses and help Georgians go back to work. As governor, I won’t care who gets the credit – just so creating jobs is Job One.”
Like Oxendine’s ad, the one below from Johnson is semi-introductory, laced with issues.
But while Oxendine leans on his credentials as insurance commissioner, Johnson — perhaps sensitive to the vulnerability of anyone perceived as an incumbent — makes no mention of his service as a former state senator.
He was the ranking Republican in the Senate, in fact. Nor does he mention his Savannah roots. Also, note that Johnson chooses to first lean on illegal immigration before he moves on to the economy:
The script, with Johnson narrating:
“I’m Eric Johnson, and I want to be your next governor. Like you, I’ve had enough of Washington’s out-of-control spending, higher taxes, and refusal to stop illegal immigration. They are costing too many jobs and too much money.
“As your governor, I’ll get government off our backs, and out of our pockets. That’s how a conservative puts Georgia back to work. And I’m just the guy to do it.”