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  • Congressional Candidate Wayne Johnson Brings ‘Stop the Stupid in Washington’ Campaign to Muscogee County GOP

    PRESS RELEASE 
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    March 14, 2024 
    CONTACT: Davis Lundy 423-240-5749 
    [email protected] 

    COLUMBUS, GA – Army veteran and Trump appointee Wayne Johnson was the featured speaker Tuesday night at the Columbus/Muscogee County GOP monthly meeting. Johnson is making a second run for the Republican nomination from Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District in the May 21 state primary. If he becomes the Republican nominee, he will face long time Democrat incumbent Sanford Bishop. 

    Introduced by Chairwoman Sherri Carmack before more than 60 people, Johnson talked about why he is making his second run and renewing his call to “Stop the Stupid in Washington.” He talked about being a conservative congressman who will deliver on specific needs of the 2nd District, while also having the experience to work on national issues.

    “It is great to once again see a large group of committed Republicans,” Johnson said at the meeting, “and I look forward to spending significant time in Columbus and the areas surrounding Muscogee County.”

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  • Army Veteran, Trump Appointee Wayne Johnson Qualifies to Run For Congress In 2nd District Republican Primary

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    March 7, 2024 
    CONTACT: Davis Lundy 423-240-5749 
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    Army Veteran, Trump Appointee Wayne Johnson Qualifies to Run For Congress In 2nd District Republican Primary

    It’s Time to ‘Stop the Stupid in Washington’

    Atlanta, Ga. – Life-long Macon resident Dr. Wayne Johnson today filed his qualifying papers to run in the Republican primary from Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District.

    Johnson is a former Army officer, a successful businessman, a farmer and was appointed by President Donald Trump as a senior official with the U.S. Department of Education where he worked closely with the White House. 

    Johnson, who ran strong in the 2022 primary, was born in Macon and has been a lifelong resident of Georgia. He is a father and grandfather and has been married to his wife, Joy, for 50 years. He obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his master’s in business from Emory University.

    Johnson is a respected former banker who has established businesses in Middle and Southwest Georgia, other parts of Georgia and internationally. He has enjoyed both cattle and tree farming and has worked for major corporations with ties to Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District. Johnson has been a rock-solid conservative for decades, is pro-life and is a serious gun owner.

    “My message has been and will continue to be that we must “Stop the Stupid in Washington” and address the kitchen table issues impacting every family in our district,” said Johnson. “After what we have all witnessed coming out of Washington and are experiencing in our everyday lives, it is clear that this focus is more relevant today than ever before.” 

    Johnson will again be traveling all 30 counties in the district in his truck wrapped with “Stop the Stupid in Washington.” Along the way he will be listening to the needs of people as well as carrying the message that he is a problem solver who can marshal resources from Washington for the benefit of citizens of Middle and Southwest Georgia. He promises to be first and foremost committed to the hard-working people of the district.

     

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  • Trump Administration Senior Official Wayne Johnson ‘The Only Republican Who Is Ready for Work on Day One’

     

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    May 23, 2022

    CONTACT: Dan McLagan [email protected]

    Trump Administration Senior Official Wayne Johnson ‘The Only Republican Who Is Ready for Work on Day One’

    MACON, Ga. – Whether it be breakfast at the Cotton Gin in Reynolds, lunch at Betty’s Cafeteria in Bainbridge, to a Pig-Pikin’ in Georgetown near the shore of Lake George in Quitman County, Republicans realize Wayne Johnson is the most qualified candidate in the Republican Primary for the 2nd District Congressional seat.

    “When you read up on the candidates and then listen to Wayne, you just realize he is the only Republican who is ready for work in Congress on day one,” said Quitman County Commissioner Danny Blackmon. “He needs no on the job training, and I believe he really can go to Washington and ‘Stop the Stupid.’ We even had people from Eufaula come over to listen to Wayne and they, too, were impressed.”

    Plains Mayor Boze Godwin shared Blackmon’s view.

    “I’ve known Wayne for decades, and there is no doubt he has all the qualifications, the right heart and the right mindset to be a great congressman,” said Mayor Godwin. “Wayne is a problem solver who is ready to serve, and who has proven his ability to serve in meaningful ways.”

    Johnson is one of six candidates in the race for the Republican nomination from Georgia’s 2nd District. The election is Tuesday, May 24. Born, raised, married, educated and living in Middle and Southwest Georgia, Johnson served for more than two years as a senior official in the Trump administration.

    “If you just look at the candidates side-by-side, it’s easy to see that Wayne has more real-world life experience, qualifications, and education for being our congressman than all the other candidates combined,” said Ed Swearingen of Reynolds in Taylor County. “He is the best choice on Election Day. And the best choice to make the changes that need to be made once in office.”

    Wayne Johnson is a U.S. Army Officer Veteran, an Eagle Scout and graduate of Lanier High School in Macon. Johnson has more than 30 years in business where he created more than 10,000 jobs, and his deep experience in finance includes owning numerous businesses and

    working internationally. He is a Christian, husband, grandfather, farmer, pro-life supporter and a serious gun owner.

    In the Trump administration, Johnson oversaw the $1.6 trillion Federal student loan program, something he says should be ended before more high school graduates get lured into a lifetime of debt. Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University.

    “The truth is, we need expertise and maturity in Washington to deal with the mess the Biden administration and other Democrats have made in so many critical areas, like inflation, elementary education, the Southern border and even vocational jobs readiness” Johnson said when he was in Lee County recently. “I have served in Washington and know how it works, and I am the only candidate in the race that will not need on-the-job training. I will be ready to go to work on the first day to make things happen for the people of Middle and Southwest Georgia.

    “In November, we need someone who is well-qualified with knowledge and experience, and we need that person ready and willing to be a hard-charging, fearless change agent for the people. I am that man, and I sincerely hope people will trust me with their vote on Election Day.”

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  • Wayne Johnson's Message — I'm A Problem Solver

    May 20, 2022 

    THOMASVILLE — As he makes away across the far-flung 2nd District, Wayne Johnson’s truck is grabbing attention.

    But he wants his message to go beyond his eye-catching paint job.

    Johnson, who served in the U.S. Department of Education under President Donald Trump, has “Stop The Stupid In Washington” emblazoned on his pickup. 

    Wayne Johnson - Headshot“It’s pretty straightforward for me,” Johnson said. “Everybody is acknowledging the problem. They have made a political art of identifying the problem. I’m a problem solver. I’ve spent my whole life as a problem solver.”

    The key, Johnson said, is to identify solutions and marshal resources to match up against the solutions.

    He also has looked at some of the challenges the government presents to people on a daily basis. A college student can get a $250,000 loan to pay for an education, but a farmer has to pledge their land as collateral when getting a loan to dig irrigation.

    “We can talk about the price of everything from saltines to diesel,” Johnson said, but the key is to identify the root cause and address the problem. To help fight the effects of inflation, he said people in the district need the right kinds of job producing the right kind of income. 

    To that end, Johnson says there are ways and means among the federal funding stream to allow people to obtain occupational certification.

    Johnson was the chief strategy and transformation officer and chief operating officer for the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. Student loan debt is a problem, he said, and he does not want to see the federal government canceling the obligations from the student borrowers. 

    Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree and a PhD from Mercer University, and a master’s degree from Emory University. He’s also a former Army officer, having been stationed in Alaska with the late Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and also having served with the late Gen. Colin Powell. 

    He’s been a businessman, too, creating a biodiesel refinery out of a soybean field. 

    But it’s his knowledge of how things work in Washington and his connection to the district that help separate him from the rest of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination to take on Sanford Bishop in November. 

    Johnson announced his candidacy last November. There are six candidates running to take the Republican nomination.

    “I wanted to make sure there was a really good qualified candidate from the district, who lived in the district, who was invested in the district to be in the race,” he said. “As a seasoned, thoughtful, successful businessman who does look at numbers. I was pleased to see some others entered the race.”

    With such a crowded field, Johnson does not expect any of the six to claim a clear primary win. He sees the race headed for a runoff. 

    Whoever wins, Johnson believes the 2nd District will swing to a Republican.

    “We Republicans are in a good place right now,” he said. “I feel very positive the Republican nominee will prevail over Sanford.” 

    Johnson has castigated one of his fellow GOP nominees, calling into question Jeremy Hunt’s residency and his motivation for running.

    “I was beyond surprised and highly disappointed to see we had a candidate who was hand-picked by some folks in Washington,” Johnson said, “and powered up by them and powered up by some inappropriate appearances on FOX. and announces he is the candidate we need in middle and southwest Georgia.”

    Johnson said D.C. Republicans have scoured the country looking for candidates to back and finding districts in which they can run. 

    “I am angry at Washington,” Johnson said. “I am angry at a splinter group of GOP power brokers who decided to set up a new rules of engagement for their own purpose. It just so happens these are the ones Jeremy points to as his endorsers. 

    “He is a very engaging young man who has never paid taxes or lived in this district, who has been promoted up by people in Washington who have an agenda that they want somebody they can control.”

    Johnson said the voters in the 2nd District won’t be swayed by the Washington Republicans’ machinations.

    “Hey, we have the ability to figure out when a dog isn’t hunting right,” he said.

    Johnson also pledged to open a Congressional office in Thomasville and if elected, he will serve no more than four terms in the U.S. House.

    “The second thing I intend to do is establish an advisory group for the congressman,” he said. “Part of the reason is that I’m staying close and staying plugged in and those group members can see how the political process works, if they one day want to run for Congress.” 

    Johnson said he can “hit the ground running” in Washington if elected, and said he will not need to have a chairmanship or top role in the hierarchy in order to get things through and done.

    “You can get an amazing amount done never seeking to be a chairman or never seeking to be a minority leader,” he said. 

    A House member working through the various committees’ staffs can get a lot accomplished, Johnson said, and that leads to being an expert in a field — and that leads to having others pay attention. It was a lesson he said he learned from Sens. Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson and Sam Nunn.

    “You become the expert on something really, really important, everyone else will follow you,” he said. 

    Though Johnson is optimistic about Republicans taking the 2nd District seat in the fall, he said the eventual nominee will have to court conservative Democrats. And above all, Republicans have to turn out to vote. Numbers from early voting suggest that many Republicans are casting ballots in the May primary.

    “If the Republicans expect to win,” Johnson said, “they’ve got to get out and vote. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it.”

     

    Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

  • Wayne Johnson, Candidate U.S. Congress - Georgia's Second District

    Why Wayne Johnson Is the Right Man
    At the Right Time for the 2nd Congressional District in Georgia

     

    The 2nd District Republican Primary covering Middle and Southwest Georgia is Tuesday, May 24. There are six Republican candidates on the ballot.

    There are two important questions voters should be focused on. The first question is which one of the six congressional candidates can defeat liberal, long-time incumbent Sanford Bishop in November. The second and most important question is who is ready Day One to be a great Congressman for you in Washington, someone who brings the most experience and maturity to the job.

    Wayne Johnson Official PhotoThe answer is unquestionably Wayne Johnson. Here is why:

    • Wayne has more leadership and executive experience than all the other candidates combined.

    • Wayne served as a senior official in the Trump Administration. He has seen Washington from the inside. He will not need on the job training; the rest will.

    • Wayne is a fiscal conservative, pro-life and a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

    • Wayne is a Christian, husband, father, grandfather, farmer, veteran and businessman/job creator. Have any of the other candidates in the race ever created a job?

    • Wayne’s 30-year business career was in the field of finance. He is the only person on the ballot who understands the perils of runaway inflation and has the knowledge to fix it.

    • Wayne has invested heavily in the 2nd District throughout his business and personal life.

    • Wayne has personally visited all the 30 counties in the 2nd District and learned to appreciate the kitchen table issues citizens are dealing with. He has heard first-hand the problems that Republicans face in the district; none of the rest can say that.

     

    Now, think about the above and apply the same standard to the other candidates. None have Washington experience, and one is a 28-year-old college student who was living in Connecticut before a splinter group of Washington politics elites and operatives handpicked him to be your next Congressman.

    It’s time to have a great Congressman in Washington, someone who will go to Washington and “Stop the Stupid.” Please go vote for Wayne Johnson on May 24.

  • Press Release: Congressional Candidate, former Trump Official Wayne Johnson Hosts ‘Pig Pikin’ for Voters in Quitman County

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    May 11, 2022 
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected] 

    Commissioner Danny Blackmon: ‘Wayne Is the Most Qualified Candidate Ready to Go to Work on Day 1 in Washington”

    GEORGETOWN, Ga. – It was the kind of old-school politics that have been forgotten in the age of technology, an old-fashioned, “y’all come” event by a candidate to say thanks to his supporters and welcome new friends.

    In a throwback to the way politics used to be, Congressional Candidate and former Trump administration official Wayne Johnson joined host Danny Blackmon to stage a ‘Pig Pikin’ last Thursday at the EBM Office Solutions.

    A large crowd gathered at decorated tables under a tent and enjoyed two, 120-pound pigs cooked over an open flame. Those in attendance included County Commission Chairman Carvel Lewis and Commissioners David Kinsey, Jim Hayes and Danny Blackmon. Also coming to enjoy the event were Sheriff Charles Davis, County Administrator Jason Weeks, School Board member Christi Green, and Tax Commissioner Mindy Ward.

    Johnson shared his background and qualifications from his days at Lanier High School in Macon, ROTC scholarship at Mercer, four years active duty as an Army officer and years in banking and business leadership experience. Johnson noted, “Anyone who has launched new businesses and created new jobs encounters challenges along the way and it is the challenges that prepare us for service.”

    County Commissioner Danny Blackmon in introducing Johnson agreed.

    “There is not a doubt in my mind that Wayne is the most qualified candidate ready to go to work on day one in Washington,” said Blackmon. “He is the only candidate who I know will come alongside us and help us with our Growing Quitman plan.”

    Growing Quitman County is designed to bring skilled and professional families to Quitman County. The plan calls for raising funds to purchase 100 acres of land and to then recruit hardworking families with an average of three school age children. Blackmon said he hopes to add approximately 60 children to our school system.

    “I fully support Danny and his team on the plan to reinvigorate the population of Quitman County,” said Johnson. “Many communities in Middle and Southwest Georgia are dying as their populations decrease, and the people here are being proactive in finding a solution. That kind of attitude and thinking is exactly how I approach big problems.”  

    Johnson said that the Growing Quitman plan would be a perfect match for the estimated one million Ukrainians who are likely to arrive in the United States.

    “As we have seen on television as the country is at war with Putin and Russia, these are patriotic, hardworking people who believe strongly in the family unit,” said Johnson. “The Ukrainians are agriculturally based families, and that is a perfect fit for Quitman County.”

    After answering questions about rural health, economic development, and other issues critical to the 2nd District, Johnson was asked by one participant if he would return to the area before two years when running for re-election.

    “When I am elected, you can count on me to be back in Quitman County, forming an advisory group and staying in real contact with what the Commission is trying to do,” said Johnson.

     wj-headshot-1200x1280-20220130.pngJohnson is a rock-solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. Johnson served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration, was an officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout.

    Johnson is a Christian, husband, father, grandfather, farmer and businessman/job creator. He is pro-life and a serious gun owner.

    Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised and resides in Macon, Georgia.

     

     

     

     

    www.JohnsonCongress.com
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  • Press Release: Congressional Candidate Wayne Johnson Delivers Sobering Message at GOP Forum

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
    April 23, 2022 
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected] 

    Dougherty-Lee Republican Parties Bring Together All Candidates For 2nd District Republican Primary in Only Joint Appearance During the 2022 Primary Election Cycle

    ALBANY, GA. – In what is the first and perhaps only time during the election cycle, all six candidates shared a stage at an energetic congressional forum in Albany on Saturday.

    Candidates Wayne Johnson, Vivian Childs, Chris West, Paul Whitehead, Jeremy Hunt and Richard Robertson answered questions on topics ranging from free speech in the era of cancel culture to illegal immigration and education in the event at Doublegate Country Club. More than 100 people were in attendance.

    “It was an outstanding event, and credit needs to go to the Dougherty and Lee Republican parties for bringing the candidates together,” said Don Cole, former Republican nominee for the 2nd Congressional seat.

    The forum was professionally videotaped in his entirety and is available by contacting the Dougherty County or Lee County republican parties. It is also available on YouTube at:

    https://youtu.be/6axykUcAC_8.

    Dougherty County Republican Party Executive Committee member William Moorhead III opened the forum and Lee County GOP Chairman Tyler Johnson moderated the event. Tom Ledford of the Gideons International gave a moving invocation asking for wisdom and understanding in a sorely divided nation.

    The discussion focused on which of the six Republicans would be the best candidate to defeat long-time Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop in the November general election.

    Albany GOP Forum

    “I could take Sanford Bishop on any day of the week,” Johnson said. “I can match him with experience, and I can overpower him with maturity. I can go forward and address the things that are wrong in the district.”

    All six candidates had a total of 12 minutes to make their opening and closing remarks. Each candidate presented well as to their backgrounds and positions, as well as answering an array of 18 different questions that had been prepared in advance by the organizing committee with each candidate answering three of these questions.

    Five of the candidates questioned law student Jeremy Hunt for being the candidate of Washington, D.C. special interests and receiving large amounts of influencing money from outside Georgia's 2nd Congressional District.

    Candidate Chris West was specific in saying that while 90% of his money was from within the district, that 90% of another candidates’ (meaning Hunt) money came from outside the district and even came from donors who also give significantly to Democrats like Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

    For his part, Hunt had little response to the issues with his fundraising or the reality that he was a resident of Connecticut who showed up in the 2nd District just in time to file for the primary.

    These Washington politicians “don’t give a damn about what’s going on with the 2nd District and just want is somebody in Congress they can groom,” Johnson said. He dismissed the D.C. power brokers saying, “If the needs here in our district aren’t being met, then Washington isn’t working for us.”

    “I promise you I have the resources to make it happen. I’ve got the conviction, I’ve got the experience, and frankly, I’ve got the heart,” Johnson concluded. He hearkened back to his modest roots in Macon as the son of a sharecropper and a Piggly Wiggly grocery clerk and said that he grew up knowing “the American Dream was simply the American Way.”

    In his closing, Johnson had a sobering message for the enthusiastic crowd. “A Republican candidate will require a portion of conservative Democrats to win and the Republican nominee for this Congressional race needs to be someone who can carry Republicans and be acceptable to conservative Democrats.”

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    Johnson is a rock-solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. Johnson served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration, was an officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout.

    Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised and currently resides in Macon.

    www.JohnsonCongress.com
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  • published You Need A Bigger Truck! Yes Ma'am! in Videos 2022-05-02 08:03:40 -0400

    You Need A Bigger Truck! Yes Ma'am

    In busines and during my time in the Trump Administration, I proved that conservative solutions can be achieved with common sense and steadfast, true leadership. Now, it's time for big and bold solutions that deliver for citizens of Middle and Southwest Georgia. The first solution is to send Sanford Bishop packing into retirement.

    MY PLAN TO STOP THE STUPID IN WASHINGTON:

    - Save our small businesses by helping them create jobs, not mandates and restrictions that shut their doors

    - Put the American economy FIRST - not China’s economy

    - Stop relying on foreign energy solutions while our gas prices skyrocket

    - Stop being held hostage by a flawed international supply chain while our local farmers suffer, grocery shelves are empty, and inflation hits hard

    - Restructure the broken student loan system to eliminate financial barriers to higher education
    - Secure the rule of law and "Back the Blue"

    - Protect the Unborn

    - Stand up for our Second Amendment rights

    About Wayne:

    Wayne Johnson was born, raised, and makes his home in Macon where he met his wife in the 5th grade, worked at the Piggly Wiggly, and earned Eagle Scout rank. He is a husband, father, grandfather, U.S. Army Veteran, businessman, farmer, conservative Christian, and the right man to turn Georgia's 2nd District from deep blue to bright red.

  • published Wayne, You Need a Bigger Truck! in Videos 2022-05-02 08:02:51 -0400

    Wayne, You Need a Bigger Truck!

    In busines and during my time in the Trump Administration, I proved that conservative solutions can be achieved with common sense and steadfast, true leadership. Now, it's time for big and bold solutions that deliver for citizens of Middle and Southwest Georgia. The first solution is to send Sanford Bishop packing into retirement.

    MY PLAN TO STOP THE STUPID IN WASHINGTON:

    - Save our small businesses by helping them create jobs, not mandates and restrictions that shut their doors

    - Put the American economy FIRST - not China’s economy

    - Stop relying on foreign energy solutions while our gas prices skyrocket

    - Stop being held hostage by a flawed international supply chain while our local farmers suffer, grocery shelves are empty, and inflation hits hard

    - Restructure the broken student loan system to eliminate financial barriers to higher education
    - Secure the rule of law and "Back the Blue"

    - Protect the Unborn

    - Stand up for our Second Amendment rights

    About Wayne:

    Wayne Johnson was born, raised, and makes his home in Macon where he met his wife in the 5th grade, worked at the Piggly Wiggly, and earned Eagle Scout rank. He is a husband, father, grandfather, U.S. Army Veteran, businessman, farmer, conservative Christian, and the right man to turn Georgia's 2nd District from deep blue to bright red.

  • Press Release: Trump Education Official Wayne Johnson Declares “I Will Sue Joe Biden” To Stop Student Loan Debt Cancellation - Wayne Johnson for Congress

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
    April 28, 2022 
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected] 

    “Taxpayers should not be forced to make an in-kind contribution to the Joe Biden or Sanford Bishop re-election campaigns”

    Columbus, GA. – Former senior Trump Administration DOE official, and Republican Congressional candidate, Dr. Wayne Johnson said he will file a lawsuit against the Biden Administration if it moves to unlawfully cancel student loan debt by way of executive action, as the administration signaled it is intending to do.

    “The White House, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education all know that any unilateral or broad form of student loan debt cancellation requires full congressional approval,” stated Johnson.  

    Johnson said Biden and Secretary Cardona are bending to the wishes of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders with the belief that if they push the “i diotic” forward, no one will object in the courts.

    “I will bring a Federal lawsuit if this is done,” said Johnson. “I will seek an immediate injunction and make a promise to the American taxpayers that I will do all I can to stop this overreach by Biden.”

    Tucker Carlson interviewed Johnson in 2020 and said Johnson knows more about the federal student loan program than anyone in the country.

    “Our nation’s student loan situation is a sad, sad mess,” said Johnson. “In fact, it’s a financial abomination affecting millions of families. To do something like what Biden and just about every Democrat is wanting to do — just giving away taxpayer money, without any plan to stop this problem going forward — is political pandering at its worst and a prime example of why we need to ‘Stop the Stupid’ in Washington.”

    Johnson, who oversaw the $1.7 trillion student loan program during the Trump Administration as the Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Federal Student Aid, has previously called for eliminating the entire Federal Student Loan Program. His proposals have recommended “defined dollar limit” federal grants and having banks and other lenders, including schools themselves, offer student loans and otherwise provide for the financing of higher education for students. 

    “Canceling student loan debt while leaving the program itself unchanged is a recipe for continuously repeating this crisis,” Johnson explained.  “That is the definition of insanity and will continue to send future generations into debt. It also creates the ongoing moral hazard of people expecting that if debt is cancelled once, it will be canceled again in the future; so why not borrow to the max, believing full well it will never have to be paid back.” 

    “Taxpayers who pay their debts, work hard and live within their means should not be handed a bill for a purely political act by a president who is floundering in the polls,” Johnson said. “Taxpayers should not be forced to make an in-kind financial contribution to Joe Biden’s re-election campaign or that of Sanford Bishop and other liberal members of Congress who are running scared from the debacle that is our current situation in Washington.” 

    “There is a way that we as a nation can solve this problem of runaway, out of control student loan debt and absurd college cost. However, it will require Republicans in Congress to take the “Bull by the horns” to change law and bring fiscal sanity into play. I am the Republican who has the knowledge and experience to lead this”, according to Dr. Johnson. 

    Johnson is a rock-solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. Johnson served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration, was an officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout.

    Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised and currently resides in Macon.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Press Release: Congressional Candidate Wayne Johnson Calls Mayhaw Parade “America at its Best”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
    April 18, 2022
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected]

     

    This festival reminds us of what connects citizens in our country – positive, patriotic and fun”

     COLQUITT, GA. – Former Trump Administration official and republican congressional candidate Wayne Johnson declared the National Mayhaw Festival and Parade “America at its best” after participating in the festivities on Saturday.

    “It was a friendly, positive, patriotic group of folks celebrating their community and enjoying a good time with their neighbors,” Wayne said.  “That is America at its best, and the rest of the country would benefit from learning a bit from Miller County, Georgia.”

    Johnson joined in the parade with his team of supporters to promote his congressional campaign, as Wayne looks to unseat Democrat Sanford Bishop who has occupied the seat for three decades.

    Johnson’s supporters were heard playing Wayne’s campaign jingle “Stop The Stupid in Washington” in jest for Bishop’s parade marchers who were marching near his team. Wayne also distributed Stop the Stupid bumper stickers to the delighted crowd.

    Wayne also enjoyed the Mayhaw Jelly and Mayhaw slushees.

     “The national news and Washington politicians like Sanford Bishop are truly out of touch with parts of America that are outside of large urban areas. They could benefit from coming to Southwest Georgia,” Wayne said.  “Miller County is helping to represent the best of our country – positive, patriotic and fun. I was honored to be a part of their community spirit on a wonderful Saturday for this festival.  It created a lifelong memory for me and I’m grateful to have met and celebrated with such wonderful people.”

    Johnson is a rock-solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. Johnson served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration, was an officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout.

    Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised and currently resides in Macon.

     

     

     

     

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  • Former Trump Administration Official, Wayne Johnson Congressional Candidate Takes Command In Debate with Rep. Sanford Bishop

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
    April 12, 2022
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected]

    MACON, Ga. – Republican congressional candidate Wayne Johnson of Bibb County said he was looking forward to sponsoring Rep. Sanford Bishop’s retirement party after the November election. That was one topic among many at a forum hosted by the Macon League of Women Voters on Monday night.

    “It was a highly educational forum that was professionally administered, and the first time in this election cycle that both Democrat and Republican candidates were on the same stage,” said Johnson. “The live audience of around 60 attendees as well as the live-stream audience were able to hear our positions on a number of issues. It was important to make it clear to Rep. Bishop that Republicans have a solid candidate who can win in the fall, restore a Republican majority in the U.S. House and ‘Stop The Stupid’ in Washington.”

    In addition to Johnson and Rep. Bishop, the forum included Republican candidates Vivian Childs of Houston County,

    Paul Whitehead of Bibb County and Rich Robertson of Peach County. Jeremey Hunt and Chris West declined the invitation.

    While Johnson expressed his disappointment that Hunt and West didn’t honor the process of this forum with their involvement, Johnson said he   had a good talk with Rep. Bishop prior to the moderated event. The 30-year incumbent congressman called the discussion “interesting” when he passed Johnson upon leaving Macon City Hall.Picture1.png

    “It was interesting because we had the chance to show how out of touch Rep. Bishop is with the day-to-day priorities of the 2ndDistrict and how different our views are on the issues voters face,” said Johnson.

    In their closing comments, Rep. Bishop said he saw his tenure in Congress as a “ministry,” to which Johnson replied, “I believe in public service. I do not want to be the district’s pastor, but their hard-working congressman.” 

    Of the issues discussed, one question asked for the top three national security issues facing America. While Bishop listed domestic terrorism as the only issue, Johnson pointed out that China, energy independence and funding of local law enforcement were the key issues.

     “I was stunned by his answer, since it was clearly just a reference to radical groups,” said Johnson. “It is hard for Sanford to be more out of touch than that. Everyday citizens understand that China is strangling our economy, that pumping billions of dollars into the pockets of our enemies with oil purchases is just stupid, and that under-funding of paychecks for local law enforcement undermines our day-to-day public safety.” 

    Another topic discussed was climate change. While Rep. Bishop regurgitated the Democratic “Green New Deal” fear-mongering rhetoric, Johnson explained that climate change mitigation is achieved by regaining energy independence through multiple sources and eventually moving to nuclear energy. He backed-up his answer with experience as someone who once built a biodiesel plant to produce clean energy and stated he would take informed and specific actions once in congress. 

    “Under President Trump, America was achieving energy independence, yet Rep. Bishop’s rubber-stamp for Biden and Pelosi policies have torn that down in less than two years,” Johnson said. “There can be no more defining issue that impacts citizens’ pocketbooks than what the Democrats have done to our energy policy. The cost of energy affects everything”. 

    Equal pay for women and minorities was also part of the issue debate, and again Johnson and Rep. Bishop offered radically different views.

    When Johnson was serving as a senior executive in the Trump Administration as part of the Department of Education, he emphatically broke through the bureaucracy and battled the status quo in Washington by demanding and achieving equal pay for everyone he hired during his tenure. 

    "I didn’t just talk about it, as Rep. Bishop does,” said Johnson. “I did not wait for the bureaucrats to decide; I just used my authority and acted. That is what stopping the stupid in Washington is all about.”

    Lastly, Johnson was asked about the concerns non-Christians have with the focus on bringing Christian values back to government. “Treat every person the way we want to be treated,” Johnson responded. “We will always defend the right of every citizen to his or her religion.”  As a response, Rep. Bishop acknowledged that he agreed with Johnson.

    Johnson is a rock-solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. Johnson served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration, was an officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout.

    Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised and currently resides in Macon.

     

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  • Congressional Candidate Wayne Johnson Hosts ‘Pig Pikin’ for Voters From Five Counties in 2nd District

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    March 21, 2022 
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected] 

    Congressional Candidate Wayne Johnson Hosts ‘Pig Pikin’ for Voters From Five Counties in 2nd District

    “Voters realize that with my business and Trump Administration experience, that I am the Republican who can defeat Sanford Bishop and ‘Stop The Stupid in Washington’.”

     

    REYNOLDS, Ga. – It was the kind of old-school politics that have been forgotten in the age of technology, an old-fashioned, “y’all come” event by a candidate to say thanks to his supporters and welcome new friends.

    In a throwback to the way politics used to be, Congressional Candidate and former Trump administration official Wayne Johnson joined host Ed Swearingen to have a ‘Pig Pikin’ last Thursday at the Silver Dollar Racetrack Shop owned by Swearingen in Taylor County.

    “The unfortunate part about modern-day campaigns is that candidates hide behind television commercials and oversized postcards instead of meeting people in person,” said Johnson, who served for three years as a senior official in the Trump administration. “Our campaign wanted the chance to shake hands and say thanks to the people who are supporting the campaign.”

    Johnson took the stage — by standing on two chairs pushed together — to announce that the theme of his campaign is to ‘Stop The Stupid in Washington’. He showcased his 2003 Ford 150 pickup that has this slogan written across the side and held up his campaign yard signs emblazoned with his ‘Wayne Johnson for Congress’ logo and with the ‘Stop The Stupid In Washington’ slogan. 

    Wayne also announced that bumper stickers with the slogan ‘Stop The Stupid in Washington’ are available for free by going to his campaign website and registering to receive campaign updates. The website is JohnsonCongress.com.

    More than 200 supporters from five counties in the 2nd District joined Wayne and his campaign team, led by Don Cole, at the ‘Pig Pikin’. Johnson and his traveling BBQ Pit roasted three pigs and link sausage along with all the fixings of a traditional South Georgia BBQ. For four hours the crowd mingled with Johnson, his campaign team and fellow Republicans — listening to music and discussing how to solve “kitchen table” problems and issues.

    When Wayne spoke to the crowd, he talked about the importance of voting integrity, the needs of farmers, the need and opportunities for accelerated Occupational Certifications and what it takes to continue the freedom enjoyed by Americans. 

    Johnson made the case for why he is the most qualified Republican to defeat long-term incumbent Sanford Bishop. Johnson emphasized and stated that, “Bishop cares more about pleasing Nancy Pelosi than he does about serving the people of Middle and Southwest Georgia.”

    “As I have traveled all 30 counties in the district, I have heard time and time again that Republicans want to get to know the candidates in person so they can see for themselves who the best candidate will be in the fall,” said Johnson. “I believe voters realize I am the man who will defeat Sanford Bishop and ‘Stop The Stupid in Washington’.”

    wj-headshot-1200x1280-20220130.pngJohnson is a rock-solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. Johnson served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration, is a successful businessman, was an officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout.

    Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised and currently resides in Macon.

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  • Congressional Candidate Wayne Johnson and Army Veteran Joins Middle Georgia Honor Flight Team In Welcoming Home Veterans

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    March 16, 2022 
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected] 

    Macon Army Veteran And Congressional Candidate Wayne Johnson Joins Middle Georgia Honor Flight Team In Welcoming Home Veterans of Three Wars

    It Was an Incredible Honor to Be There’

     

    MACON, Ga. – It has been nearly three years since the Middle Georgia Honor Flight team was able to fulfill its mission of sending war Veterans to Washington to visit their respected memorials. Like many initiatives, Covid restrictions shut down the operations of this organization founded in 2018.

    Late last Saturday night, the first flight of a dozen Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam landed at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, and Wayne Johnson was there to meet them. 

    “When we started Honor Flights out of Macon, we invited congressmen, senators, mayors, and other local political officials to come greet these great Americans, and no one responded,” said Ben Sandifer, a board member with Middle Georgia Honor Flight. “Wayne was the first person involved in politics to join us, and by doing so he honored the Veterans and their escorts who were returning from Washington”.

    Johnson, a Vietnam Era U.S. Army veteran and Republican candidate in the May 24th primary for the 2nd Congressional seat, said the honor was all his.

    “It was an incredible moment to be there and welcome these Veterans home from a long day of revisiting their service to our country at the memorials in Washington,” said Johnson. “After winning the primary in May, I plan to be on the next flight with these honorable servants as an escort guardian. As a United States Congressman, it will be my honor to greet future Honor Flights upon their arrival in DC.”

    Middle Georgia Honor Flight works out of Macon, one of 125 hubs in the country. The group charters a flight and sends a guardian for every veteran on the flight. There is also a Flight Captain from the group that leads the flight, along with a nurse and a wheelchair for every veteran.

    A charter flight left Macon on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. The group landed in Baltimore and boarded a charter bus that carried them to the different war memorials. On this flight, according to Sandifer, were several World War II Veterans, as well as Veterans from both Korea and Vietnam. The one-day flight and support cost around $15,000, all paid for with donations raised by Middle Georgia Honor Flight.

    “What was really interesting is that one of the WWII Veterans, with emotion in his voice, said this was the first time he had experienced a welcome home reception as a military service member,” said Johnson. “He told me that when they came home from the war, there was no one to welcome them. The veteran said he knew there were parades in New York and other places, but he and his Army buddies from Middle Georgia just came home and went back to work.”

    Johnson mingled with the crowd of about 100, including a local Girl Scout troop and a Patriot Guard of Honor made up by other military Veterans, while they waited on the delayed flight.

    “This was not campaigning. This is about serving with a bunch of people who are invested in our Veterans and want to see them treated with great respect”, said Johnson.

    wj-headshot-1200x1280-20220130.pngJohnson is a rock-solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. Johnson served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration, was an officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout.

    Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised and currently resides in Macon.

    https://www.johnsoncongress.com

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  • Mayor of Plains, GA, Endorses Former Trump Administration Official Wayne Johnson for Congress

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    March 15, 2022 
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
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    Mayor of Plains, GA, Endorses Former Trump Administration Official Wayne Johnson for Congress

    Mayor L.E. "Boze" Godwin -- “I Want a Good Businessman and a Conservative Congressman in Washington”

    PLAINS, GA. – The Mayor of Plains, Georgia – home of former President Jimmy Carter – today endorsed Wayne Johnson’s candidacy in the 2nd Congressional District. “I want a good businessman and a conservative Congressman in Washington,” said Mayor L.E. “Boze” Godwin. “It’s time for those of us in the 2nd District to be represented by a different kind of congressman.”

    Godwin, a pharmacist by trade, has been Mayor of Plains for 39 years and governed the Democratic-leaning town, the home of former president, as a conservative Republican.

    “There’s so much waste and vice in Washington and I think people are fed up with it,” said Godwin.  “I’m not concerned about it for myself, I’m concerned for my kids and grandkids and now my great-grandkids.”

    “Boze is a dear friend, but that wouldn’t be enough for an endorsement if he didn’t believe I shared his values and could get the job done for the people in the 2nd District,” Johnson said.  “I’m proud to have his support and determined to bring some common sense to Washington and ‘stop the stupid’ that runs amok up there.

    “It’s time all citizens in Plains and the surrounding community had someone who will care about their kitchen-table issues.”

    A short video of a conversation with Mayor Godwin can be found HERE.

    wj-headshot-1200x1280-20220130.pngWayne Johnson is a rock-solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. Johnson served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration, was an officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout.

    Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised and currently resides in Macon.

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  • Congressional Candidate Wayne Johnson Rebukes Biden and Bishop’s Energy Policies as “Beyond Insane”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
    March 9, 2022 
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected] 

    Sanford Bishop’s Support of Biden Clearly Conveys That “They Would Rather Do Business With Global Terrorists Than With American Energy Producers”

    MACON, Ga. – Wayne Johnson, a former Trump Administration senior official, financial services industry innovator and alternative fuels knowledge leader, today called out President Biden and his close supporter Sanford Bishop for their “beyond insane” energy policies as gasoline prices for regular Americans spiral out of control; and extremely high diesel fuel costs are driving up prices for everything.

    Johnson, a candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia, said the policies of the left Democrats that Biden and Bishop support are hurting every citizen, every family, and every business in the 2nd District.

    “Biden and Bishop would rather buy oil and gas from authoritarian and terrorist regimes in Iran and Venezuela than from American energy producers,” Johnson said. “This insane policy pours billions of dollars into the coffers of our enemies and leaves Americans further behind.”

    Johnson was referring to talks the Biden Administration has initiated with the totalitarian regimes in Iran and Venezuela to buy petroleum from them in an attempt to bring down gas prices, which have been on the rise since Biden took office and shut down significant portions of American production.

    “I was working as a senior international banker in Venezuela when the country was taken over by way of a social welfare agenda and witnessed an autocratic leader establish domestic tyranny and anti-American foreign policy,” said Johnson. “Giving billions to any regime that forces people to eat their cats, causes their population to want to flee their country, and is made up by leaders who wish to harm the United States, is a very bad idea. Absurdly doing so when American energy producers stand ready to produce and deliver what is needed to replace energy imports from Russia is plain crazy – certainly stupid.”

    “Energy costs are a real problem for real people who drive, make deliveries from their small business, or just paying more for everything because shipping costs are rising,” Wayne said. “Real people are getting hurt in real ways. We need to ‘stop the stupid’ energy policies in Washington and put American producers back to work for our country as soon as possible.”


    Wayne Johnson is a rock solid conservative candidate in the Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District covering Middle and Southwest Georgia. He served as a Senior Official within the Trump Administration. Wayne served as an Officer in the U.S. Army and is an Eagle Scout. Johnson obtained his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and his MBA from Emory University. He was born, raised, and resides in Macon.

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  • Press Release: Former Trump Official Wayne Johnson’s Congressional Campaign Takes Center Stage at Republican Rally in Grady County Georgia

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    March 3, 2022 
    CONTACT: Dan McLagan 
    [email protected] 

    WHIGHAM, Ga. – The Grady County Republican Party candidate rally Saturday got a full dose of enthusiasm from the Wayne Johnson for Congress campaign. “It was a great event, and our campaign was fully engaged to make it a success,” said Johnson, who is running for Congress on the pledge to “Stop the Stupid” in Washington.

    Johnson campaign manager Don Cole, the Republican nominee in 2020 from the 2nd District, opened the event with prayer, focusing on the people of Ukraine. Then, Johnson supporter Rachel Cox delivered a rousing rendition of the National Anthem that was enthusiastically received by the estimated crowd of 150. “I was incredibly proud of our team doing all it could to help these faithful Republicans have a successful day,” said Johnson.

    A flurry of candidates for offices including governor, U.S. Senate, Labor Commissioner, Secretary of State, U.S. Congress, Lt. Governor, State Representative and all five announced candidates for the Republican nomination from the 2nd Congressional District spoke. Grady County GOP Chairman Jeff Jolly said “our goal was to get as many Republican candidates, for as many offices as possible, in front of the voters in this area. It was also important for us that the venue was welcoming and patriotic. We are especially proud that all five Republican candidates who want to take on Sanford Bishop were with us”. 

    Johnson was among the last to speak. “It was more than two hours of the typical campaign speak by the time I was called on,” said Johnson. “People had been sitting for quite a while and many were milling around in the back having conversations. I just thought folks needed a break.”

    Johnson took the time to have the crowd stand up for a stretch and then had Rachel Cox sing her version of Patsy Cline’s, Back in My Baby’s Arms. “Everyone re-engaged and were paying attention when I delivered the message of the day, which is that I am the best candidate to defeat Sanford Bishop and turn the 2nd District from blue to red,” said Johnson. “That’s the core issue in this campaign. All the Republicans are going to have similar positions on the issues, but I am the one that can beat Bishop in November.”

    Cole also delivered a review of how redistricting gives Republicans their best chance in decades to defeat Bishop, who has served in Congress for 30 years. “Having run in the last general election against Bishop, I know that Wayne is the Republican we need on the November ballot,” said Cole. “Being at this patriotic event in Grady County on such a beautiful day was a good time with passionate Republicans. I was very pleased that our campaign took the lead in making the day a successful one for the voters of Grady County.” 

    Jeff Jolly was high in praise of all the other Grady County GOP officials, volunteers, and venue organizers who made this great event such a success. “Without the selfless commitment of this fine group of people we could never make this happen. This has always been considered to be one of most important GOP events in our Georgia election cycle.”

     www.JohnsonCongress.com
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