The third Georgia Republican congressman to enter the 2014 race for U.S. Senate took a swing through Augusta on Friday afternoon.
Flanked by family and in front of a group of well-wishers and news media, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston stopped by the Steak ’n Shake the day after announcing his intention to seek the Senate seat of Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring.
“I’ve had the honor of serving in the House for many years and certainly have enjoyed it,” said Kingston, a representative in his 11th term who serves as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. “It’s a great privilege and flattering to walk down the halls and be called ‘Mr. Chairman.’
“But the reality is, the battleground right now is in the Senate,” he said. “While it would be easier to remain in the House, I feel that if we’re going to turn America around, we have to turn the U.S. Senate around. ... Countless reform measures and entitlement reforms that we’ve passed in the House have been killed by this Senate, so indeed I feel like that’s the front line in the battleground for America right now.”
Kingston, a Savannah resident who represents District 1, joins 10th District U.S. Rep. Paul Broun and 11th District U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey in the race. Kingston said he’s not troubled that their departure from the House means that at least those three seats on the Georgia delegation will be occupied by freshmen.
“We will work closely with the new congressional delegation,” he said.
Kingston chose the venue for his visit because the franchise is owned by Preston Moss, who was a classmate at the University of Georgia.