John Watson, the former chief of staff for Gov. Sonny Perdue and a member of the Nathan Deal transition team, has confirmed that he’s also raising money for the legal defense of a Georgia lobbyist indicted in Alabama on federal corruption charges.
Watson identified Jay Walker, former chief of staff to House Speaker Glenn Richardson, as a personal friend. They developed a close relationship while working for their respective bosses – and were, for a time, neighbors in the west Cobb County-Paulding County area.
Walker, married with two young daughters, was one of 11 arrested last month – including four state senators — on charges of conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud involving legislation to legalize electronic bingo machines.
Watson recently sent out an e-mail to friends, trying to raise $50,000 for Walker’s defense fund — hard work in these economic times. He wrote:
“I need to implore everyone to dig deep and do all that you and your family can for Jay and his family. Please consider what you would hope others would do for you if in a similar situation.”