Thursday, January 21, 2010

Eric Johnson Comments on Unemployment

Pledges to make job creation top priority as “The Jobs Governor”

Senator Eric Johnson, Republican candidate for Governor, today commented on the Georgia Department of Labor report that the state's unemployment rate has risen to 10.3 percent.

“Today’s unemployment numbers reinforce my desire to make jobs my first priority, my second priority, and my third priority. I am absolutely committed to becoming The Jobs Governor,” said Johnson.

On Tuesday, Johnson attended the first debate of the 2010 primary and clearly dominated the subject matter by staying focused on the economy and job creation. In his first opportunity to share his priorities and challenge those of his opposition, Eric Johnson used the word “job” 18 times and mentioned jobs in all of his answers.

“Other campaigns will pay lip service to job creation because they have to in a bad economy. But when left to their own devices, they would rather distract, attack, or talk about things that simply don’t matter,” said Johnson.

Johnson believes that every issue he will face as Governor falls in one of three categories:

1. Issues that will help create new jobs (i.e. education reform)

2. Issues impeding the creation of new jobs (i.e. water and traffic)

3. Issues that must be resolved because they distract us from our priority of creating jobs (i.e. ethics)

“I have traveled this great state for over a year listening to the people. I know they want a governor who will focus on jobs and I am ready, willing and able to do just that,” said Johnson.

An architect and a respected conservative leader, Eric Johnson served as President Pro Tempore of the Georgia State Senate. There he led the charge to ensure that Georgia is a business-friendly state, to keep taxes low, and to protect our citizens. He and his wife Kathryn have two grown children and live in Savannah.
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