ATLANTA — Jack Kingston opened himself up for criticism by social media and cable-TV channels when he suggested poor children sweep cafeterias in exchange for free lunch, and he is now the target of an ad released Thursday by primary opponent Eugene Yu, an Augusta businessman.
Kingston has said he was trying to show that freebies discourage the work ethic from developing in children and also diminishes their self-worth.
Yu’s ad, though, suggests the real answer is an economic one, playing up on his promise to bring back manufacturing jobs moved overseas in recent decades.
“Create an environment where companies can thrive and grow and get our unemployed back to work,” an announcer said in the ad. “It is time our congressmen learn there is no free lunch. It is time to clean house.”
In a telephone interview, Yu said, “The people are tired of all these career politicians. I don’t care what they say; they are looking purely for their own interests.”
Kingston, who is ahead in fundraising and at least one poll, announced this week he is putting out more than $1.2 million for his own television commercials; however, he hasn’t released the scripts or provided details about their message.