- December 22, 2015 -
Donald Trump opens first office in Georgia
Channel 2 Action News learned exclusively Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is the first to open up offices in Georgia.
Channel 2’s Lori Geary got an exclusive look at the office located in Cobb County just across from where the new Braves stadium is under construction.
Walk through the doors of the brand new Georgia campaign office for Trump and there's no mistaking where you are: a golden bust of Trump donated by a Georgia artist.
Geary spoke with Trump campaign volunteer Erik Johnson as she got exclusive access to the new headquarters.
“I've been supporting Trump probably since he announced,” Johnson said. “I like what he stands for, I do believe he can bring our country back.”
Critics say one of Trump's weaknesses is his ground game. Jeanne Seaver is Trump's grassroots coordinator and she disagrees. She says his message is resonating because of the gridlock in Washington.
“They totally threw us under the bus, they made promises and they're not keeping them,” Seaver said.
Trump’s state director, Brandon Phillips, says they’re serious about Georgia.
“We're a very well organized campaign, we're very serious about Georgia, particularly the south,” Phillips said.
Phillips says in his 12 years in politics, this is unlike any campaign he's worked.
“I'll tell you the pressure is actually off because we don't have to go around chasing donors for one, that's nice. Energy level from the supporters is remarkable, really is unbelievable,” Phillips said.
Political analyst Bill Crane says hiring people is key.
“He needs people who understand the mechanics of running a Republican primary, working at the precinct level and he's hiring his people,” Crane says.