Phil Gingrey endorses Jack Kingston for Senate

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 11:28 AM
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MARIETTA, Ga. – They might have been rivals for the Republican Senate nomination, but Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston remained friends, the two congressmen said Wednesday in a news conference they are combining forces.

Rep. Phil Gingrey (left) of Marietta, endorses colleague Jack Kingston for the Republican Senate nomination during a Wednesday press conference.   WALTER JONES/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
WALTER JONES/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
Rep. Phil Gingrey (left) of Marietta, endorses colleague Jack Kingston for the Republican Senate nomination during a Wednesday press conference.

Gingrey, who came in fourth in last month’s primary with 19 percent, formally endorsed Kingston, the second-place finisher. Kingston is in a runoff against frontrunner David Perdue that concludes July 22.

Gingrey said he changed his mind about not making an endorsement because of what his own backers told him.

“These folks have let me know they want me to support Jack Kingston,” Gingrey said. “I’ve not heard from one of my former supporters telling me they are supporting Perdue.”

Kingston and Gingrey have had similar political careers. Both served in the General Assembly before multiple terms in Congress -- Kingston from Savannah for 22 years and Gingrey from Marietta for 12. When asked about points of disagreement, neither could think of any.

“In addition to being friends, Phil and I have a great philosophical affinity,” Kingston said.

Gingrey described Perdue as a moderate, a label rejected by Perdue, the cousin of Georgia’s first Republican governor and a former CEO of Dollar General and other major corporations.

Perdue renewed his challenge Monday for Kingston to release 10 years of tax returns as the former executive had earlier in the primary. Kingston announced at the morning news conference that his were now ready for inspection by reporters.

Perdue has been called rich and out of touch by opponents but has made no apology for what he’s earned in the private sector. He countered by asking how Kingston as a public servant could amass a personal fortune while in office.

Whichever candidate wins the GOP nomination will face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in November.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/04/14 - 05:41 pm
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Kingston's the better choice.

It's just a fact. He's as conservative as Perdue but knows a whole lot more, especially about how to get things done inside the Beltway. Purdue would be like sending another Jimmeh to DC.

Darby
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Darby 06/04/14 - 11:09 pm
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"Whichever candidate wins the GOP nomination

will face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford in November."

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And because those who vote for the (always) losing Libertarian candidate would invariably vote Republican in a two person race........

that doesn't bode well for the GOP candidate in a close election.

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