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Democrats recruit “prominent” Elvis impersonator to run for LtGov

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Democrats in Mississippi have been touting a big announcement: the switch of a “prominent” Republican to run as a Democrat for lieutenant governor. Sam Hall at the Clarion Ledger has the breaking news: it is former state Senator, former Madison County supervisor and current Elvis impersonator Tim Johnson.

Tim Johnson at Brents Drugs in Jackson (Photo:

Tim Johnson at Brents Drugs in Jackson (Photo:

Johnson served in the state Senate as a Republican from 1996 until 2004, prior to that he was an alderman in Madison. In 2003 he was elected to the Madison County Board of Supervisors and served two terms. He has been an Elvis impersonator since 1991.

In 2011 he ran against incumbent Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall in the Republican Primary. Johnson lost with 28.7% of the vote.

While he was a supervisor, the City of Madison aldermen unanimously called for his resignation over his attempt to pass “the largest tax increase in the history of Madison County.” From WLBT:

In a rare move, City of Madison aldermen have signed a resolution asking for Madison County Supervisor Tim Johnson to resign. Johnson told WLBT News Thursday that was not going to happen.

The vote was unanimous. The resolution cites four specific concerns.

The first was Johnson’s support of attempts to put into place the largest tax hike in the county’s history back in 2008.

Madison Aldermen also blasted Johnson for resisting an audit of what they call, “questionable engineering fees, subcontracts and allegedly inflated fees for administration of those sub contracts.”

Johnson also came under scrutiny as a lobbyist for a bingo funded charity.

It looks like Johnson is well on his way to becoming the second most famous Elvis impersonator connected to political news in Mississippi.

Meanwhile, Hall reports:

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, has a sizable war chest. He reported raising $1.27 million in 2014 and ending the year with $2.35 million cash on hand.

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