The case for Kingston

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

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston addresses a question during the Georgia Republican Party's U.S. Senate debate at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in April.  SARA CALDWELL/FILE
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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston addresses a question during the Georgia Republican Party's U.S. Senate debate at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in April.

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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Darby
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Darby 07/13/14 - 12:44 am
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Perdue

Who??

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 07/13/14 - 01:08 am
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"He wants...He wants..."

He's had 22 years and is part of the good ol' boys network.

habersham100
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habersham100 07/13/14 - 04:56 am
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Runoff election

Kingston in the Senate??? Really??? OMG! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and everyone else is entitled to disagree with that opinion. But, if he wins, I will pray more diligently for my grandchildren... Sheesh...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/13/14 - 06:18 am
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pray more diligently for my grandchildren...

Why start now....the DC mess has been going on for some time now...

Kingston has a chance & the debates will probably prove it..we will see, won't we..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/13/14 - 06:33 am
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Correction

We've seen several editorials in the Chronicle admonishing the president about overreaching and doing things that, under the Constitution, are rightly the job for Congress.

Now, here comes this editorial endorsing Kingston and one of the reasons is because Kingston “realizes the culture of corruption at the VA needs to be fixed.” Well, excuse me, but “fixing” the culture of corruption at the VA falls under the duties of the executive branch, not the legislative. The bureaucrats at the VA report to the president, not the Congress.

That's the trouble with Congress today. Instead of writing laws, repealing laws, and revising laws that need tweaking; they spend most of their time grandstanding in those congressional hearings, which achieves nothing.

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deestafford 07/13/14 - 08:06 am
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First off, Kingston will most likely make a good senator....

First off, Kingston will most likely make a good senator and I will support him if he wins the runoff; however, a few things cause me to lean toward Perdue.

We, to include the ACES, have complained about the reelection rate of incumbents and the need for new blood and we now have a chance to put in some new blood with business experience. The ACE uses the same reasoning that many use to keep reelecting their politicians---"a new man will have to start at the bottom". Kingston would be just as new in the Senate as would be Perdue.

If Kingston has such a good record, and he does, why does he not run his ads on his record and what he'll do rather than misleading negative ads against Perdue?

Kingston is supported by the Chamber of Commerce and all the establishment Republicans. I have started to believe the Chamber policies are no longer in the best interest of the country and would not support them if there were a viable alternative.

We continually say we want to break up the establishment in DC and putting Perdue in the Senate is a step in that direction. Both Kingston and Perdue will beat Nunn.

habersham100
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habersham100 07/13/14 - 08:51 am
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seen it before...

Goodness, Dear, you quoted it and STILL missed the operative word in my reply above. Your knee-jerk response was "Why start now?" Is it that they did not teach you reading comprehension when you were in school? "MORE" is the operative word, thus making your response inaccurate if not inappropriate.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/13/14 - 08:53 am
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Kingston

Why have we not heard of him till election time? I think of the last time someone had such media endorsement and look what we got... That same person was endorsed by the AARP( which I refuse to become a member of) who had to lay off employees due to his policies, and other community organizations as well as all the main stream media. I think I'll vote my conscience and primarily for the ones not endorsed by the media and other groups!!!

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/13/14 - 09:55 am
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Kingston…NO!!

…"we need tested experience"??

He's been up there for years!.How's THAT been working for us?.He needs to go...

What is up with the attitude "Congress is broken, they are all crooks but MY guy is ok?"

No…I'm voting for NO incumbent this year..I suggest those who really want to change Congress do the same…

The ACES gets a zero on THIS endorsement..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/13/14 - 10:12 am
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habersham

Read your very own words...my dear

" Really??? OMG! Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and everyone else is entitled to disagree with that opinion"

We all know what opinions are like...have a nice day!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/13/14 - 10:13 am
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BTW

The polls are saying Kingston is ahead....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/13/14 - 12:13 pm
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Good Choices

I am conflicted about these candidates, but I am confident that whichever one wins the runoff should beat Michelle Nunn.

David Purdue does not have a political track record, but he talks a good game in the campaign, even though I don't like the degree of negativity in his ads.

Kingston has a political track record, and it's pretty good.

The fact that Kingston is endorsed by Tea Party faithful will probably lead me to vote for him. It would appear that Kingston will be more right-wing than will Purdue. Purdue seems like he would fit in with the John McCain, John Boehner, Lindsay Graham wing of the party; you know, the RINOs.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/13/14 - 01:19 pm
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downers made me do it!!

If yall keep giving me downers on here I will fo sho vote for Kingston..& 4 other folks want my advice & I will tell them Kingston too....sooo, yall will garner at least 5 votes for the ole boy...:)

Darby
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Darby 07/13/14 - 01:29 pm
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"....... if he wins,

I will pray more diligently for my grandchildren... Sheesh..."

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Home Depot has some nice kneepads at a reasonable price. Same for Lowe's.

And I have no concerns about my grandkids unless Michelle Nunn* pulls the fat out of the fire for Democrats and OzBama.

* And why, pray tell is she ALREADY having to return campaign contributions from a convicted felon? Not wasting any time is she?

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puppydog 07/13/14 - 03:39 pm
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Kingston has done nothing in all of his years in Washington

I was born and reared in Augusta and been in Georgia all my life. I follow politics religiously. I am a Republican. Why is it that I have never heard of Kingston until this election cycle? He has been in Washington DC for years but has accomplished nothing. Why should we put him back up there in an even higher position? We shouldn't. And his commercials are sickening. If he's not going negative on Purdue, he's running commercials showing his Cool Whip Tupperware. So phony and fake and stupid. I have some too but I'm not going to run an intelligent campaign on it. It's nothing to brag about and makes you look ridiculous.

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Fiat_Lux 07/13/14 - 04:29 pm
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Have you Nay-sayers even bothered to look at his record?

I think not, or you would not be spouting off the way you are unless you already intended to vote for Nunn.

Jack Kingston has been taking on the good old boy network since day one, and has been one of the legislators challenging the constitutionality of actions by Obummer, Reid and Pelosi all along.

If you think Perdue is going to walk in and have a clue how to get anything done FOR YEARS, you are quite mistaken. He is the one who is part of the good old boy network, which very little investigation on your part would reveal.

Just take a look at the consistent endorsements Kingston gets from a variety of governmental interest groups. He is a good man, a moral man and a man who acts according to his conscience to stand for and defend the best interests of the people who elect him.

Investigate before you castigate. We need to send him back and send more people like him to help get things back to where they need to be in Washington.

Darby
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Darby 07/13/14 - 05:07 pm
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puppydog -

You SAY that you were born and raised in Georgia. You SAY you're a Republican... Then you SAY you've never even heard of Jack Kingston.

Just curious.... You were born and raised here... Were you born YESTERDAY?

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corgimom 07/13/14 - 05:38 pm
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"that is failing the American

"that is failing the American people."

Housing sales are up, big-ticket items are up, car sales are up, and the Dow Jones is at a record high.

What's failing?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/14 - 05:38 pm
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What LL said! Excellent post!

What LL said! Excellent post!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/14 - 05:42 pm
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And this is why the

And this is why the Republicans are going to LOSE again.

Too much infighting and "my candidate is more conservative than your candidate" stuff.

Since conservatives are becoming increasingly in the minority, brace yourself for a whole lot more Democratic leaders.

And the Democrats know it and are sitting back and laughing.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/13/14 - 05:46 pm
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What Kingston said

Washington work week
Regarding the extension of the House work week from 3 days to 5 in 2006, Kingston commented: “Keeping us up here eats away at families. Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families – that’s what this says.” He added: "Time away from Washington is just as important to being an effective member of Congress as time spent in the Capitol. When I'm here, people call me Mr. Congressman. When I'm home, people call me 'Jack, you stupid SOB, why did you vote that way?' It keeps me grounded."[19]
School Lunch Program
In a December 14, 2013 address to the Jackson County Republican Party, Kingston, who is on the House Agricultural Committee which oversees the federal school lunch program for the underprivileged, proposed that children who participate in the program be required "...to sweep the floor in the cafeteria" to promote a work ethic and "instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch."[20]

Kingston has said he was not advocating that poor children be singled out but rather that all children should perform chores to learn work ethic. "This is not targeted to any one group. It would be very helpful for kids in any socio-economic group to do chores and learn the work ethic. Those kids aren't there because of any fault of their own and I never suggested that they were," Kingston said on CNN.[21] (As in, " I really messed up when I said that and now I'm trying desperately to CMA, and it's not working.")

And people want to vote for him?

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Bodhisattva 07/13/14 - 09:09 pm
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"he was not against increasing government revenue"?
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"To voters, increasing government revenue means increasing our taxes"
A:We need increased government revenue.
B:No it doesn't mean "increasing our taxes". It needs to mean increasing the taxes on the only group in the nation that has seen real income growth since 1979, the top few percent. That might include increasing the owner of the Chronicle's taxes, but not increasing probably 99% of its readers taxes.

Those at the very top have seen the vast majority of their income shift from wages to dividends, bonuses, stock options, and every other kind of trick that throws them into the category where their MAXIMUM tax rate on their income will be 15%, with ZERO deductions for payroll taxes. Even those whose income comes as wages, with a cap of $117,000 in 2014, for Social Security taxes, meaning most workers will pay taxes on 100% of their income while the ultra high earners will only pay the tax on a tiny fraction of their income. Let's also no forget that ontra high earners have all kinds of dodges not available to the average worker. You can contribute up to $5,500 to an IRA in 2014, which jumps to $6,500 if you are age 50 or older, yet Romney managed to accrue up to $102 million in his IRA in 15 years. He also managed to deliberately not take all of his "charitable" contributions so he could live up to his claim of not dropping below 13% in taxes (on millions of income). Of course, he could file an amended return and get all of the extra money back, which you can bet he did. Once he did, his rate for those millions was around 9%. Millionaires payng less than 10%? That's where we need our extra revenue. Thanks to the bogus "trickle down", supply side, "voodoo economics", or whatever you want to call it, that started with Reagan and hit full force with the 2 rounds of Bush tax cuts (while he started 2 wars that are costing us somewhere between $4 trillion and $6 trillion dollars), we've gutted our tax base. The wonderful corporations in this country have increased average worker pay a whopping 5.7% since 1979, not even enough to keep up with inflation, while those at the top had an income increase of over 700% and a an income tax cut of 50% (more when you count the shift from the wage to dividend and capital gain rate and giveaways in the tax code).

Corporate tax burden (taxes as a share of profits) were over 50% in the 1950's when we had the growth of the middle class, to about 10% in 2010 with record profits, but no record growth in jobs or growth in pay for their employees.
Corporate taxes made up roughly 40% of total federal revenue in the 1940's, 25% in the 1960's, under 10% in 2009, and will make up an estimated 13.5% in 2015.
Payroll taxes are now bringing in almost as much revenue as income taxes.
Every hour we're spending $964,006 on the F-35 Fighter.
Our real defense budget is somewhere around $1.3 trillion, which has been roughly 1/2 of our revenue for several years.
Of the 34 OECD nations, the US has the lowest percent of taxation per GDP except for Chile, Mexico, and Turkey.
Revenue per GDP was 21% of GDP when George W Bush took office, but (for all of the the debt whiners) had decreased to 15% of GDP in 2009 and 2010.

Why could we possibly need more revenue?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/13/14 - 09:52 pm
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Perdue

Well, bod, since Perdue is a billionaire, I would expect him not to raise taxes on the 1%. If that's true, then do you intend to vote for Kingston?

Darby
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Darby 07/14/14 - 12:11 am
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Bod says ....

Sock it to the rich. Whatever they have they stole from the poor anyway and they can afford it.

Same old liberal/socialist/progressive/communist economic plan. After all, it all really belongs to the government anyway, right?

I'm not rich and never will be, but I can sure spot the weakness in that sick plan.

Darby
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Darby 07/14/14 - 12:15 am
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And, Bod....

if you'd try and keep it pithy, someone might attempt to read past the first two or three lines of your posts.

Anyway, we all know the "beauty" and the "success rate" of socialism so you don't really need to try and sell it in every post.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/14/14 - 02:59 pm
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Socialism?
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You might try looking up the definition of the word. Ike was a socialist? Given the fact that corporations and the ultra rich who are the ones that have lobbyists and "think tanks" that write up model legislation and are the ones that get law passed that favor them, while the poor, workers, and middle class have zero people representing them, it's closer that the corporations and the rich who own the means of production, the government, control of the economy, and the benefits and gains of the legislation that are passed by the politicians and judges that they have payed to put in office, that they are the socialists, sharing the wealth among themselves, where the rest of the nation has zero power or control and basically live as serfs like in an old feudal system. The only difference is, under the old feudal system, serfs were only required to work around 155 days a year by law, where in the US, workers have no laws guaranteeing their rights and can be forced to work 365 (or 366) days a year. For the nation to survive it has to tax the people that have the money, and it is increasingly concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.

Harvard Business School did a survey of what they thought the ideal breakdown of wealth in the US was and what they thought the actual breakdown of wealth in the US was. The survey was in quintiles, it would be much more interesting if it broke the percentages down smaller.

Americans believe the ideal % of wealh for the top 20% to own is 32%.
They think the percentage of wealth they own is 59%.
The actual percentage of wealth the top 20% own is 84%.

Americans believe the ideal % of wealth for the bottom 20% to own is around 11% (it's in chart form, exact # is difficult to determine), and the next to lowest 20% should own around 14% of the wealth.
They believe the lowest owns 3% and the next to lowest owns 6%.
The actual percentage of wealth owned by the lowest 20% of Americans is 0.1%, and the next to lowest 20% is 0.2%.

The entire bottom 80% of Americans own just 7% of the wealth in the country.

Just the 6 WalMart heirs own more wealth than the bottom 42% of Americans.

Socialsm? More like plutocracy.

Darby
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Darby 07/14/14 - 10:28 pm
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Bod - I know the definition of socialism,

obviously much better than you do. It was clear to me after my first class in Soviet Government and Politics. Did you re-write the definition for the world?

I stopped reading your pap as soon as you erroneously declared Eisenhower a socialist. How cute! Ike would be amused to learn that, given that he devoted his entire career to fighting (and often killing) socialists.

Yes, I know that uninformed leftists like to throw that little straw-man out there based only on the fact that at one point in his presidency the highest tax rate was about 90 percent. What a weak and flimsy thesis. (You do know why that was,don't you?)

Stop bloviating and educate yourself, PLEASE?

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Note: Now if you'd like to redefine blind leftist obedience to liberal doctrine as a form of theocracy, you could have a convert in me.

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