Kingston promises 'common sense' in Senate race
by Russ Bynum, Associated Press
May 02, 2013 02:00 PM | 932 views | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston announces that he's joining the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' 1st District U.S. Senate seat, Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Savannah. Kingston is currently the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 1st congressional district located in Southeast Georgia. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Steve Bisson)
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston announces that he's joining the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' 1st District U.S. Senate seat, Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Savannah. Kingston is currently the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 1st congressional district located in Southeast Georgia. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Steve Bisson)
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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston announces Thursday that he's joining the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' 1st District seat, Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Steve Bisson)
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston announces Thursday that he's joining the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' 1st District seat, Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Steve Bisson)
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's longest-serving Republican congressman says his campaign for the U.S. Senate will focus on "common sense" ideas and not "laugh lines for Jay Leno."

That's the closest U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah came Thursday to taking jabs at fellow GOP Reps. Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta, who are now his opponents in the 2014 race to succeed retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Launching his campaign in Savannah, Kingston never mentioned his rivals by name.

Broun made headlines last year for denouncing evolution as "lies straight from the pit of hell." Gingrey was criticized for defending a Republican candidate's remarks on rape.

After 20 years in Congress, Kingston's candidacy could set up a primary showdown between traditional Republicans and conservatives aligned with tea party and evangelical groups.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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David Farrar
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May 02, 2013
The Tea Party Exploratory Committee of Georgia has been created to help Tea Party candidates establish their Tea Party credentials throughout the state for the 2014 elections. Besides the "taxed-enough-already" cry and the "not-enough-spending-cuts" Tea Party demand, the following lists some of the most fundamental constitutional issues all Tea Party supporters should support in 2014, and, hopefully, take a stand on the line.

Item 4: Candidates must agree to accept no outside PAC funds during their primary campaigns. This is a decision for state citizens only.

Item 5: Congressional imperatives:

(a) Immigration: Insist present immigration laws be enforced and our borders strengthened. And establish an effective E-verify program, with real penalties for employers* (including homeowners) who violate the rules.

(b) Bring impeachment proceedings against Eric Holder over Obama's Fast & Furious debacle.

(c) Demand a Congressional investigation into the whole Benghazi affair.

(d) Support for at least a five working-day waiting period before any bill is written and moved for a floor vote**.

(e) Support a "Caption" bill.

(f) Demand verifiable federal elections.

ex animo

davidfarrar

* Make E-verify accessible to homeowners.

** Unless an emergency has been declared.
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