Kingston to run for HRC chair

Congressman Jack Kingston will make a bid for chairman of the HRC.

Aiming for a top post in a reshuffled Republican leadership team, Georgia Republican Rep. Jack Kingston announced his bid to become chairman of the House Republican Conference, which is charged with developing the party’s national communications strategy.

“Last night’s results are a call to renewal for the Republican Party. As someone who was here the last time we regained a Republican majority, I know the challenges that lie ahead,” the Savannah lawmaker said in a written statement.

“I also know the road back to a sustained majority starts with a bold, optimistic platform of big ideas that all Republicans can proudly rally around. Our platform of reform and renewal must be communicated in clear and innovative ways by a united team.”

Kingston currently is vice chairman of the committee, which represents all Republicans in the House and meets weekly to develop party policy. The elected chairmanship is now held by Ohio Rep. Deborah Pryce. Vice President Dick Cheney held the position while in Congress in the late 1980s.

24 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    Oh, great. The Congressman who thinks it would be a good idea to usurp the power of the Judicial Branch of our government by giving the Legislative Branch more control over the interpretation of our Constitution wants to be the guy responsible for our “bold, new platform.”

    No need to send for the clowns…they are already here.

  2. Chris says:

    Kingston is going to need to take a hard line against the excesses of the appropriators if he wants to regain the trust of the fiscal approprators.

  3. Demonbeck says:

    Kingston has the leadership, experience and ideas that the GOP needs right now. It doesn’t hurt that he is squeaky clean and much more photogenic than anyone we have put in the spotlight since JC Watts.

    He will need to manage the relationship between appropriators and fiscal conservatives, but as a member of leadership and the appropriations committee, he will be able to do just that. Many people forget that Jack was the lone voice of reason against the overages and excesses of the Capitol Visitor’s Center construction project when he served as DC Appropriations Subcommittee Chair and has worked tirelessly to curb spending on many unnecessary projects including the replacement of Savannah’s Juliette Low Federal building (AKA “the Bathroom Building) when it was only 13 years old and GSA wanted to replace it with the most expensive federal courthouse in America at that time. As a result, that building still stands today despite the “inadequacies” GSA claims it had almost a decade ago.

  4. RuralDem says:

    I see a battle brewing between moderates and conservatives within the Republican Party. Similar to the liberal/moderate battle in the Democratic Party.

    Hopefully moderates on both sides will prevail.

  5. Demonbeck says:

    Bull Moose,

    I am sure we have discussed this before, but I’ll bite on this forum.

    I don’t think term limits are the answer to anything, especially in the House. Yes, there are people who lose focus, but most of them are term-limited by their constituents. If it weren’t for people like Georgia’s own Carl Vinson – who served for over 50 years and remained true to his district – our Navy wouldn’t be able to protect both oceans and we’d probably be speaking Japanese, German or both right now.

    We need people in Congress who have lived through budget battles and know the history of the chambers and how to maneuver them just as much as we need fresh new ideas from young members. If they lose focus, their constituents have the responsibility to choose a better candidate.

    Members of Congress (I should say good Members of Congress) go back and forth to their districts on a weekly basis. They meet with folks in their offices and travel to Fitzgerald for the Wild Chicken Festivals and the Rattlesnake Roundups in Claxton. They speak to veterans groups and hear from constituents who are upset with decisions they have made. They miss the homework time and soccer games and dance recitals their children have while they are in DC working and miss more when they are two hours from home on the weekend dong their job. Not everything is wine and cheese and lobbyist lunches – it’s hard work and takes total commitment.

  6. Demonbeck says:

    Rural,

    You are going to see the two work together. Republicans will return to their fiscal conservative values and most likely ease up on social conservative issues. The failed referendum in South Dakota and the prominence of the Stem Cell issue in Missouri will hopefully help drive this home, because I don’t think the message could have been sent more clearly.

    What you will likely find is that the idea of opposing abortion AND the three exceptions is not supported by a majority of Americans. It’s arguable to discern exactly where the people lie but the view pushed by Sadie and Co. will lose more votes than it gains every time.

    The same goes for stem cell research. While people will largely oppose cloning babies for the purposes of conducting research is morally reprehensible to most – using available stem cells and stem cells as they become available (NOT from aborted babies mind you) is not.

    While I do not want to get into an issue discussion here, I felt I needed to use a couple of examples to prove my point – which is that the Republicans are going to have to take a new turn to win in ’08. If it isn’t enough for some and too much for others, then they will probably be doing just right.

    The Christian Coalition will (and has) lose credibility and favor with the powers that be and have less of a say in the decisions on policy. I am sure the Libertarians will be quite happy though with where the Republicans will likely go.

    In all fairness, I must admit that I could be completely wrong and be forced to move to Mexico when Hillary becomes President.

  7. Chris says:

    Demonbeck They speak to veterans groups and hear from constituents who are upset with decisions they have made.

    That’s a new one. Since when in this “you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists” environment have people felt welcomed to express their displeasure with their representatives?

  8. Chris says:

    If they felt comfortable complaining to their representatives about all they saw wrong with them, they wouldn’t have filled my ear so frequently with those complaints. And they said so.

  9. Chris says:

    One guy at work even said he didn’t want to send a letter to his representative and have his name entered into some kind of database or watchlist.

  10. dingleberry says:

    RuralDem,

    There is no Liberal/Moderate battle in the Democratic Party. There is only liberals who manipulate moderates to run as Democrats only to marginalize them once majority status is reached.

    You still need to come to terms with the fact that your party is run by a bunch of pinko whackos.

  11. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Finally, perhaps we our party will return to a Conservative platform. Bush might not be to pleased.

  12. Bill Simon says:

    Brian,

    What the F*** do YOU know about what is a “conservative platform” and what isn’t?

    You’ve been Mr. Social Conservative trying to beat me into the ground on every social-bullshit-issue out there.

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