John McCain-Organization, Georgia
updated February 12, 2008

JOHN McCAIN 2008, INC. (March 1, 2007)
JOHN McCAIN 2008 - THE EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE  (filed with the FEC to establish on Nov. 16, 2006)

noteworthy endorsements:
U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson (announced Feb. 2, 2008)

Georgia Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson (Feb. 1, 2008; previously chaired Rudy Giuliani's campaign in Georgia)

former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers (announced Feb. 1, 2008)

former U.S. Sen. Mack Mattingly (announced Jan. 31, 2008)

former Fred Thompson supporters: Steve Croy, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler), Bob Irvin, Joel McElhannon, Commissioner David Gellatly, Bill Knowles (announced Jan. 25, 2008)

Georgia Advisory Committee (announced Mar. 29, 2007; re-announced Jan. 25, 2008 with Nolan Murrah added)
Alec Poitevint, Chairman is the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party and national committeeman from the state of Georgia to the Republican National Committee (RNC).  Poitevint is also serving as the southern co-chair for John McCain 2008.  From Brainbridge.  [Note: the exploratory committee announced Poitevint as Southern Co-Chair on Jan. 9, 2007].

State Senator Jeff Mullis is in his fourth term representing the 53rd District (Chickamauga) and is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.  In 2006, James Magazine recognized Senator Mullis as one of the state’s 25 most influential leaders.  Mullis is from Chickamauga, and served as Walker County’s planning director and volunteer fire chief.   He will serve as the co-chair of Legislators for McCain.

Derrick Dickey most recently served as the communications director and deputy campaign manager for Governor Sonny Perdue’s 2006 re-election campaign.  Previously, Dickey served as the deputy director of communications for Governor Perdue.  Dickey is now president and CEO of Dickey Strategic Relations.  From Kennesaw.

Leigh Ann Wood Gillis has served as the finance consultant for Governor Perdue’s re-election, director of executive appointments for Governor Perdue, and finance director for Perdue For A New Georgia in 2002.

Clint Murphy successfully co-chaired Senator Johnny Isakson’s campaign in Chatham County, served as chairman of Chatham County for Casey Cagle’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor, and managed Barbara Dooley’s Congressional campaign out of Athens County.  Murphy was a member of former Senator Paul Coverdell’s staff and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).  He is also a former political appointee to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  From Savannah.

John Sours is the former chairman of the 5th District Republican Executive Committee, former chairman of the Fulton County Republican Party, former member of the Georgia Republican Party State Committee, and delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1992, 1996, and 2000.  Sours was previously chairman of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association.

Jay Walker served as the chief-of-staff to Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson.  He played a leading role in building a Republican majority in the state house for the first time since 1870.

Nolan Murrah is an attorney and serves as the Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution for the Third Judicial District in the state of Georgia. He has previously served as former National Committeeman for the Georgia Republican Party. He resides in Columbus, Georgia.

and newspaper endorsements:
The Albany Herald   (02/03/08)
Marietta Daily Journal  (02/03/08)
Savannah Morning News   (01/31/08)
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