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January 24, 2014

Kingston says big government threat to American dream

Jack Kingston says he’s tired of seeing the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives approve legislation only to see it die without even a vote in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.

“I believe the battleground for reform is now in the Senate. That’s why I’m running,” said Kingston, a Republican member of the House from Savannah who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated at the end of this year by fellow Republican Saxby Chambliss.

During the last three years the House has passed hundreds of bills dealing with issues ranging from job creation to energy policy to the environment but the Senate has approved very few.

Kingston stopped in Chatsworth on Friday to meet with local business and political leaders at the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce. He said he fears the “American dream” will not be there for the next generation.

“I strongly feel that big, intrusive, overreaching government, the Washington-knows-best mentality and runaway spending are sapping away our individual freedoms and liberties,” he said.

Kingston is one of seven candidates who have said they will seek the Republican nomination for Senate in Georgia this year. The others are fellow U.S. representatives Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, businessmen David Perdue of Macon and Eugene Yu of Augusta, Marietta attorney Art Gardner and Derrick Grayson of Stone Mountain.

Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. senator Sam Nunn, Atlanta physician Branko Radulovacki, Oglethorpe Mayor Gerald Beckum, former state senator Steen Miles and ex-U.S. Army Ranger Todd Robinson of Columbus are seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate.

The Georgia Republican Party has scheduled a debate among its Senate candidates for Saturday, Feb. 1, in Kennesaw, one of seven planned by the party. There are currently no debates scheduled for northwest Georgia, but Kingston said he would like to see one.

“We (the candidates) have not set the calendar nor the places,” he said. “They were set by the state party. We said, ‘We aren’t sure we can make all these.’ And they said, ‘Just show up for the ones you can.’ That puts us in a tough position. But you will notice that the Democrats are not debating anywhere.”

Chamber President Dinah Rowe said she was glad to see a Senate candidate come to Chatsworth and hopes to see more visit the city.

“It shows they aren’t ignoring this area, and it gives our people a chance to ask them questions, to find out about their platforms and to focus on the race,” she said.

Rowe said she would like to see candidates debate in the northwest Georgia area.

“We have many fine facilities here that could host a debate, and I’m sure we have a lot of people who’d like to see what they have to say,” she said.


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