The case for Kingston

Georgia and our nation deserve solid conservative experience in U.S. Senate

We understand.

With frustration over Congress at an all-time high, it’s tempting to vote for a political newcomer instead of an incumbent.

But not in the July 22 Republican Senate runoff between U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue. Georgia needs tested experience to fight for our state in a Democrat-controlled government that is failing the American people.

Georgia needs Jack Kingston. And the nation does, too.

He realizes the culture of corruption at the VA needs to be fixed to extend the best possible care to our nation’s veterans.

He’s fighting for tighter border security and against illegal immigration from his seat in the House Immigration Reform Caucus.

He wants to scrap the new bloated bureaucracy that has come with Obamacare.

He wants a simpler, fairer tax code. And you do, too.

Kingston has a solid background supporting the military presence in Georgia, a state vitally important to national defense. As a House member he’s already represented the best interests of several of Georgia’s military installations. He would be a superb Senate advocate for Augusta’s Fort Gordon. Indeed, he helped vigorously push for the U.S. Army Cyber Command to locate here in the CSRA.

His conservative credentials are solid. He has a lifetime voting record of 100 percent in line with the National Conservative Union, and 96 percent with the National Federation of Independent Business. The National Rifle Association endorses him. So does the National Right to Life.

It’s going to take a candidate with broad appeal to face off against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in November. Kingston’s got that appeal.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, who came in fourth in May’s Republican Senate primary, is a longtime congressional colleague of Kingston’s. Gingrey strongly endorses Kingston, based on their strong working relationship in the U.S. House of Representatives, and based on the leanings of Gingrey’s own primary supporters.

Karen Handel, the Tea Party favorite who placed third in the GOP primary, supports Kingston, too. During the race, he rightly won her admiration for “his integrity and fighting spirit,” Morris News Service reported.

And if you want to gauge Kingston’s job-approval rating, consider this: In Kingston’s 10 general elections for his U.S. House seat, he won, on average, more than 75 percent of the vote. That’s what the people he represented thought of him and his work in Washington, D.C.

Lawmakers don’t maintain a House career as long as Kingston’s without learning how to forge and leverage relationships with other members of Congress to get things done. That valuable leadership trait is crucial.

Our colleagues at the Savannah Morning News used the term “battle-tested conservative” in their endorsement of Kingston. Precisely. Our state needs a senator to wage battle for conservative values and causes in a Democrat-entrenched Senate. And if you’re going into battle, you want to send your most experienced personnel. This, after all, is political war.

So would you want a political veteran like Kingston, or a raw recruit like Perdue?

In a May interview, Perdue let it slip that he was not against increasing government “revenue.” To voters, increasing government revenue means increasing our taxes. It’s a comment he’s been trying to take back since it left his mouth.

Perdue may be touted as a good man with solid values, but those traits won’t help him very much if he has to start at rock-bottom in the Capitol Hill power game. Can Georgia afford to give Perdue a few years to rise in the ranks before he ascends to a meaningful position of political influence?

That’s where Kingston is right now. He began his career in the U.S. House in 1993 and has been accruing valuable political clout ever since. Georgia needs that clout now more than ever.

Jack Kingston deserves your vote July 22.

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