AP: Jack Kingston planning events “across the state” on Friday

From the Associated Press writer Russ Bynum today in the Savannah Morning News, Kingston plans statewide events amid Senate talk:

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston has political events planned across Georgia this week after months of speculation about whether the Savannah Republican will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Kingston, 58, has scheduled news conferences Thursday in Savannah and coastal Brunswick, both key cities in his 1st District House seat, the congressman’s spokesman, Chris Crawford, confirmed Thursday. Crawford declined to say what Kingston will announce, but he said more events are being scheduled “across the state” Friday.

Please note that there has been no official confirmation that Kingston will be declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

There have been some interesting discussions here in Savannah, across the state, and on this site about Kingston’s potential candidacy.

There are a couple of obvious challenges that Kingston will face early on.

He’s a clever, charismatic guy, but it’s been a long time since he’s had to mount a campaign against serious opposition.

While Kingston recently got similar poll numbers to two fellow representatives who have declared Senate runs for 2014, he will likely start with a disadvantage since his 1st District seat is so far outside the metro Atlanta media market.

4 comments

  1. Bull Moose says:

    This won’t end well. Any smart reporter will start digging and what they find isn’t going to be all that flattering when it comes to earmarks, Jack Abramoff, votes against common sense legislation, etc… There was one day many years ago that Jack could have been a great leader for GA but that day has come and gone.

    With all of the above said, 2014 is not the year to be promoting someone who’s been in Washington DC mucking up the problem.

  2. davidfarrar says:

    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” and “not-enough-spending-cuts” regular Tea Party demands, the following lists some of the most fundamental constitutional issues all Tea Party supporters should support in 2014, and, hopefully, take their stand on the line to getting our country back.

    Item 4: Candidates must agree to accept no outside PAC funds during their primary campaigns. This is a decision in, by, and for the Citizens of the Great state of Georgia 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.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar
    * Make E-verify accessible to homeowners.

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