Eric Johnson joins the ranks of lobbyists

Former Republican candidate for governor Eric Johnson, now a member of Gov.-elect Nathan Deal’s transition team, has signed on as a senior advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting.

He will serve the firm as a contract lobbyist, a spokesman for the firm said – but will keep his position with a Savannah architectural company.

Johnson, who resigned his state Senate seat last year, finished a close third in the GOP primary for governor, behind Karen Handel and Deal.

“We are excited to have Senator Johnson joining us,” said Frank Atkinson, chairman of McGuireWoods Consulting, said in a press release. “Throughout the years, he has shown he understands how to effect change and deliver results, reaching across the aisle on key issues including tax and ethics reform, water policy, and school choice. He will bring that same level of commitment to our clients.”

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21 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

November 8th, 2010
4:27 pm

The first use of Amendment 1 should be to bar ex-legislators from being lobbyists for…say…5 years.

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Capitol!

November 8th, 2010
4:33 pm

Sorry, but, uh, Eric Johnson isn’t quite what I had in mind when thinking about being “lobbied”. Try young, blonde (or brunette, or redhead, etc), hot, wet and female and you’ve got my “full and undivided attention” as a lawmaker.

The Centrist

November 8th, 2010
4:45 pm

Eric Johnson, …”reaching across the aisle on key issues…” What a joke, please tell us when and for what? As the state and federal GOP leadership have said many times, “we will not compromise,” whether we are in the minority or the majority.

Red

November 8th, 2010
4:59 pm

So his true colors come out. For someone who wanted to be an official serving the people, we see the first place he runs to as soon as he’s out of office and not campaigning. I told people this during the campaign but no one believed. All you had to do is look at his finance team and his big dollar contributors…

T Goddard

November 8th, 2010
5:02 pm

Frank Atkinson doesn’t know the different between the words ‘affect’ and ‘effect.’ I wouldn’t ever hire them to affect change for my firm.

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Capitol!

November 8th, 2010
5:05 pm

Hey, I say that if you can’t get paid by a lobbyist then get paid AS a lobbyist! Not so dumb when you think about it…….

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Capitol!

November 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

Red

November 8th, 2010
4:59 pm
“So his true colors come out. For someone who wanted to be an official serving the people, we see the first place he runs to as soon as he’s out of office and not campaigning. I told people this during the campaign but no one believed. All you had to do is look at his finance team and his big dollar contributors…”

You got it all wrong! Eric Johnson didn’t become a lobbyist because he left office……he became a lobbyist because he was OUT OF CASH! Boy, did we ever burn through some cash during that campaign. Five-star hotels, five-star restaurants, taking our wives and girlfriends shopping (at different times, of course), Hawks games, Braves games, Falcons games in luxury suites, daytrips to message parlors in Macon, nights out on the town with our girlfriends, nights out on the town with our escorts, nights out on the town with our female lobbyist friends, nights out on the town at the strip club, nights out on the town with our girlfriends, escorts, female lobbyist friends at the strip club via chauffeured car, weekend trips to casinos in Mississippi, Atlantic City and Vegas, trips to the Bahamas with wives, girlfriends,escorts and female lobbyists (at different times, of course)…….What was Eric Jonhson running for again?

riff-raff

November 8th, 2010
5:20 pm

Ex politicians from dogcatchers to presidents should be barred from being lobbyists.

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Capitol!

November 8th, 2010
5:27 pm

Just a note: all of those activities that I mentioned were all campaign related

Mel

November 8th, 2010
6:18 pm

Anyone signing on at taxpayer expense to serve on a state or congressional committee should be required to sign a binding contract stating that they will not accept cash or “valuable consideration” from any company overseen by that committee for 5 years. Look who wrote the U.S. Senate version of the health care bill, a former director of public policy for Wellpoint! To Perdue’s credit here in Georgia, he tried to get a time limit passed for former legislators-turned-lobbyist but the lobbyists shot him down on it. Can you imagine Deal even considering such a thing?!

Matthew_Edgewood

November 8th, 2010
7:07 pm

To make it even worse the Savannah architectural firm also does business with the state. So, you have a former state Senator working as a lobbyist within 1 year of being in the legislature, who also works for a company that has state contracts who is also working on the Gov-elect’s transition team. This is probably not what most Deal voters were expecting, but it is exactly what I was expecting. It will get worse. Just wait.

Hector

November 8th, 2010
8:29 pm

Say what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pn

November 8th, 2010
9:40 pm

None of these ex-pols even tries to cover his tracks anymore. Why bother?
Influence peddling and greed are the currency of the realm.
The purpose of government service is to channel taxpayer money to yourself and your cronies.
Georgia has become a perfect kleptocracy.
It’s getting worse every day.

Laurie

November 9th, 2010
7:13 am

In other words, McGuireWoods Consulting has announced its intent to involve itself in questionable and possibly criminal activty against Georgia tax payers for its own financial gain. Heading this effort is former republican candidate Eric Johnson.

DUH !

November 9th, 2010
7:21 am

Hey Come on …. Give the lobbyist and Gov. Elect No Deal a break. First the lobbyist have tons of money to spend legally and under the table (illegally). Second, Gov. Elect No Deal and his family are in serious financial trouble. They were in a position to possibly lose everything, until the election. Now, everything is saved and why? Because the lobbyist have tons of money to spend ….. legally and under the table (illegally). Why I predict that the closed hunting supply store will soon be the thriving business as it was once invisioned by the family of Gov. Elect No Deal. Hmmmmmm … wonder where and how the money will get into the Gov. Elect No Deal’s hands …. bet his family will have be getting lots of mail …… big brown envelopes from well wishers …….

AM

November 9th, 2010
8:22 am

I reviewed one of his submittals. It didn’t comply state regs, but he made a call or two and I was told to back-off b/c he was going to run for govenor. He’s corrupt and it would be best to exclude him from working as a public servant. I’ve seen first-hand how he serves his own interests and not the public’s.

wondering

November 9th, 2010
8:31 am

He hasn’t always been a lobbyist? Could have fooled me.

Double Zero Eight

November 9th, 2010
8:33 am

No one should be surprised. Anyone is naive to believe that most politicians get in the game to serve their constituents. They are in it for the power, perks and contacts they can make.
Just take a look at Deal’s transition team and the number of lobbyists it contaIins. Eric will be
laughing all the way to the bank.

wesleywhatwhat

November 9th, 2010
8:51 am

more of the same.

where is the conservative outrage?

@Mel

November 9th, 2010
10:32 am

You are wrong. The lobbyists didn’t shoot it down. It was shot down by lawmakers. Lawmakers who want to ensure the gravy train is protected if and when they do leave office. Self entitlement–the world’s only truly bipartisan issue.

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