Rep. Johnson survives primary scare after Guam comments

Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson kept his congressional career on an even keel Tuesday. 

Johnson — who questioned whether Guam could “tip over and capsize” — won his primary against former DeKalb County chief Vernon Jones and DeKalb County Commissioner Connie Stokes. 

Johnson got 55 percent of vote, according to unofficial results. The Associated Press called the race for him. 

Addressing Adm. Robert Willard, who commands the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, during a hearing in March, Johnson made a tipping motion with his hands and said sternly, “My fear is that the whole island [of Guam] will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”
Willard paused and said: “We don’t anticipate that.”

The video of the hearing went viral — getting more than 2.5 million views on YouTube — and caused Johnson some embarrassment.

Moreover, Jones and Stokes questioned Johnson’s work ethic and called him an absentee member. There was evidence to back up their claims — Johnson even missed votes on Monday, telling Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) that he had to “personally attend to matters in my district.”

But Johnson had the backing of President Obama and raised and spent significantly more than his opponents. He even released a catchy campaign song, although it was later taken down from his website for unknown reasons.