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Georgia strategist Johnson launches new firm

Political strategist Tharon Johnson announced a new bipartisan shop on Wednesday with plans to plunge back into campaign politics while also keeping one foot in the lobbying business.

Johnson, who led Kasim Reed’s  successful bid for Atlanta mayor in 2009 and was Barack Obama's 2012 southern regional director, said his firm - the Paramount Consulting Group - will give him a “better platform” to help Democrats and Republicans win elections.

“I’m passionate about public policy, advocacy and politics,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for me to put my years of experience on the local and national stage to work for a diverse set of clients.”

Johnson previously was among a trio of three well-known operatives who left mega-firm Denton’s in 2015 to start Greenberg Traurig’s lobbyist practice. His new company will focus on lobbying, media relations, government affairs and other services.

Johnson is a prominent voice in Georgia political circles, and he briefly flirted with a bid to lead the state Democratic Party in 2015. Aside from the Reed and Obama roles, he also has worked as a campaign aide to Rep. John Lewis and DeKalb chief executive Michael Thurmond.


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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.