By Christina Wilkie - 04/12/10 11:21 PM EDT
Titled “Hank Johnson — Taking Care of Home,” the ditty sounds like a cross between a Peabo Bryson R&B number and a patriotic country-western ballad, complete with voiceovers by the lawmaker. According to Johnson’s campaign website, it’s being used at “events and [distributed] widely throughout the district. We all love to sing along!”
The chorus climbs up an octave to tell voters to “Vote for Hank Johnson for Congress/ Cause he’s just better than the rest.” That’s not really a stirring endorsement, more like a process of elimination. Yet on the other hand, it’s not cocky and strikes a populist theme.
One of Johnson’s potential GOP opponents this fall, Liz Carter, answered the phone at her campaign headquarters Monday and told ITK she had yet to commit to a campaign song of her own, although “several people have sent in compositions” for her.
As for her reaction to Johnson’s song, Carter joked, “My initial reaction was that I wanted to get my lighter out and wave it around. But really, for voters, I’m afraid it’s too little, too late.” Still, Johnson is a heavy favorite to retain his seat.
According to a spokesman for the congressman’s campaign, the song was written in 2006 and updated for this year’s cycle. The writers gave it to the lawmaker as an in-kind campaign contribution worth $750.
To hear the whole song, visit The Hill’s website, but beware: We had the song stuck in our head for a week after first hearing it.