On Facebook, Eric Johnson ‘likes’ Nathan Deal

You have to wonder if we’ve just seen an endorsement – or something like it – by Eric Johnson, the third-place finisher in the Republican contest for governor.


Johnson just established on his Facebook page that he “likes” Nathan Deal, the Republican runoff candidate for governor.

Sarah Palin did something similar for Karen Handel before the primary, of course. But she used more than one word.

Not the kind of thing you can base a TV ad on — but its the first Facebook update that’s occurred on Johnson’s page since before the July 20 primary.

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22 comments Add your comment


August 2nd, 2010
4:24 pm

Well, there may be something to this, but I have to wonder if this came from Johnson or if this is a staffer having some fun at the end of a dead campaign. It’s hard to think that Johnson wouldn’t know about this.


August 2nd, 2010
4:33 pm

A guy now politically unemployed trying to ride out with 15 more minutes of fame…

Tom Watson

August 2nd, 2010
4:40 pm

Johnson was always my number two in this race. If he endorses Deal he is finished and will have lost all respect. I know he is angry at Handel because she told the truth, but if he endorses a corrupt DC insider it will reveal his true self and not the Christian gentleman I have always thought he was.


August 2nd, 2010
4:40 pm

Eric Johnson is a principled leader. If Facebook is good enough for the former Gov of Alaska, its good enough for the future Gov of Georgia . . .?

karen luvhandle

August 2nd, 2010
4:52 pm

She’s finished. Peaked too early.


August 2nd, 2010
4:55 pm

@ Tom.. we are all angry at Karen Handel for her sexism, arrogance, distortions and lies. She did NOT tell the truth when she said that Eric Johnson personally gained $1M in fees from state contracts or again last night when she said he used public service for private gain.

For me it’s just a decision whether I vote AGAINST her (by voting Deal) or don’t vote at all. I will not vote FOR Ms. lipstick and purse doing her superior dance. It will be hard to vote FOR Deal until I know more about this salvage car stuff.


August 2nd, 2010
4:56 pm

@ Red: I hope you’re joking. Are you telling me that a person can’t “like” something on Facebook without trying to steal the spotlight? That’s faulty thinking. Blame the press for covering something as stupid as this, not the former candidate.


August 2nd, 2010
4:59 pm

Johnson and Deal were the scary candidates in this race. I’m not a fan of Ox, but since he’s out, guess it doesn’t matter. I think that I, as an educator, could survive a Handel administration so let’s hope she keeps up the momentum for the next week.

Tom Watson (Handel paid poster)

August 2nd, 2010
5:03 pm

“if he endorses a corrupt DC insider it will reveal his true self and not the Christian gentleman I have always thought he was.”

You’re saying Eric Johnson is not a Christian if he endorses Nathan Deal? You Handel people are desperate and insane.


August 2nd, 2010
5:07 pm

Wonder how many no bid contracts this is going to cost the Georgia Taxpayer?


August 2nd, 2010
5:58 pm

Karen Handel did not tell the truth about anyone or anything, Tom. Besides lying about every one of her Republican opponents, she lied about her affiliation with the Log Cabin Republicans. What lies did her campaign tell Sarah Palin to get her endorsement? I lost respect for Handel long ago. If she wins this primary, I will vote for a Democrat for the first time in 10 years.


August 2nd, 2010
9:01 pm

Me too Cissy. Roy;s service would advance the Republicans, in the long run, more than Karen Handel. Let her go back to being White House Deputy Chief of Staff as she fraudulently maintained.

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David in ATL

August 3rd, 2010
8:18 am

I never believed Eric Johnson would endorse the pathological liar, Handel. She has run a campaign accusing every republican of cheating, fraud, etc. While I am not a fan of Deal, he’s a better pick than the GED candidate with the nasty temper and foul mouth.


August 3rd, 2010
8:29 am

Vinings & Cissy: Just when, where did Karen state that she was White House Dep C/S??
Please give me the details.
It is well documented that she worked for Mrs. Q, the Vice-Pres’ wife, not the Pres as you so stupidly imply. Same for Cissy – “lied about anyone / anything”? You mean like there is no investigation of Deal, you mean like there were no “no-bid” contracts, you mean like he did not really quit his job????

Why are you even on this blog if she is so terrible??
So lets all repeat 100 times with Cissy and stump or foot – “I hate Karen and Sarah too. I love King Rat Roy” because he did not have his pic taken with the Won.


August 3rd, 2010
10:44 am

I am with Ben. Political facebook and e-mails have too many staffers with access.
Let me hear it from Eric’s lips on TV

[...] Is former state Rep. Eric Johnson finally throwing his support behind one of his GOP gubernatorial rivals? Political blogger Jim Galloway notes that johnson is saying on his Facebook page that he “likes” Nathan Deal, who is running against Karen Handel in the Aug. 10 runoff. Read more. [...]


August 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Endorsement from Linger Longer Lackey not worth two dead flies.


August 3rd, 2010
2:53 pm

I think it is time that Eric Johnson endorse Nathan Deal. If he remains neautral, he is saying that he is okay, or at least is not going to fight, Karen Handel becoming the next governor of Georgia. Deal. Real. Deal for Governor! :)

GOP Cannon

August 3rd, 2010
5:59 pm

I am sorry Ted, but you are wrong and Cissy is right. Karen Handel is an arrogant liar that ran a 100% negative campaign against EVERYONE. Her accusations against both Deal and Johnson where frivolous… it makes perfect sense for Johnson to back Nathan Deal for Governor. u


August 3rd, 2010
6:57 pm

Mrs Handel seems only want to tell us how bad the men are that she ran against but very little on how good she is or how she will attack the many problems we have. I can’t vote for Barns. He had an opportunity when the State had money and I don’t remember any improvement in our education. Don’t see how he can do better now that we don’t have money. Nobody to really vote for only people to vote against. That is bad.

[...] So, I went to the slide to talk to Eric Johnson, but he would not say if he liked Nathan Deal or Karen Handel. Afterward, he climbed the monkey bars to play with the new iPhone that his parents had bought him. I checked his Facebook later and it said he liked Nathan Deal. [...]