Kingston In; Handel Says Hello

So, if you want to slow play your formal announcement (after a couple of months of unofficial announcements), you time the breaking news with the first Peach Pundit BBQ tour.  Don’t want all that press at one time I guess.  Regardless, we’ll give Congressman Kingston the evening slot on our news cycle that is usually reserved for other candidate’s announcements.  Let’s go to Galloway:

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston has a message for his conservative challengers for an open Senate seat: He won’t be outflanked on the right.

In announcing Wednesday he’s joining the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ seat, the Savannah Republican told the AJC he’s a workhorse who “will yield no ground to any of my opponents as to who is the most conservative.”

Awesome.  Look for the next debate line to be “9,000 years old? My Bible says 6,000 years old”.

And, still “considering” the race and not to be forgotten, Karen Handel also decided to send an email as I was experiencing all the glory that T-SPLOST would have barely touched in Gwinnett traffic, reading in part:

As you know, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss announced earlier this year that he has decided to retire at the end of his term. So many of you have reached out and encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate.  I am truly uplifted by this outpouring of support, and your input and counsel are important as Steve and I consider this decision and what is best for Georgia and our country.

Washington has failed us, and the problems facing our country are immense. However, with a fresh vision and true conservative leadership, the return to a prosperous and growing America can be within our reach. What we need is clear: a proven reformer that brings new perspective, someone who isn’t afraid to “shake things up,” and a fighter that stays true to conservative values no matter the political cost.

You may remember that there was a time that Handel was content to let Tom Price have his own timeframe to make a decision, as Handel polls extremely well in a potential 6th district contest for Congress.  And she apparently still is, as Price’s most recent public statement gave a May timeframe for an announcement.  Hey, look at that calendar.  It’s May!

I’m not sure why this is more important than the breaking news that one of our Congressmen likes mustard BBQ sauce, but we’ll let them have this news cycle.  And likely, many more.