Savannah Republican Congressman Jack Kingston has demonstrated why so many people have such a high regard for him in his decision to donate to charity the funds that were donated to him by tribes that may or may not have been associated with lobbyist Jack Abramoff. I commend him for his decision and the example that he has set.
Jack has shown that we can think twice about our decisions and change our mind about things. Even though Jack and the lobbyist have no relation, either professional or personal, and the donations have nothing to do with anything related to the lobbyist, Jack Kingston decided after thinking about it over the weekend to avoid any connotation of discrepency and return the monies. In doing so he set an example that should be followed by his other colleagues in that, regardless of the situation, it’s better to err on the side of caution in regards to these monies. Thank you Jack Kingston for restoring a bit of hope that all is not loss in Congres and within our Republican House leadership.
With a reputation for honesty, integrity, and common sense, Jack has always been one to call them like he sees them and in the situation with these monies, has demonstrated why he is so beloved by his constituents. Jack would be a refreshing face on the national leadership front for House Republicans. His convictions are solid and his integrity is unflappable. I disagree with him from time to time on policy, but in terms of integrity, you will not find a better Member of Congress serving in office than Jack Kingston.
Jack is now poised to move up the ladder of House leadership and may run for House Republican Conference Chairman or may be drafted by his colleagues for higher office. In doing so he would become the highest ranking Georgian in the House of Representatives. That is surely a good thing for Georgia, but an even better thing for the coast!
In the same tongue that I have been critical, I can also see the difference and recognize real leadership when it is apparent and when it comes to leadership in our nation’s capitol, Kingston has been and is an example that others should follow.