John Linder Endorses Jack Kingston

May 8, 2014 9:00 am

by Jon Richards · 5 comments

Former Seventh District Congressman and author of the FairTax John Linder endorsed Senate Candidate Jack Kingston today. From the campaign press release, Linder is quoted as saying:

I recruited Jack Kingston 30 years ago to run for the Georgia House. Eight years later we were both elected to Congress and Jack became our representative on the Appropriations Committee. Jack took that responsibility seriously and, while Congress often just argues over cutting the rate of growth, Jack actually cut spending.

Linder retired from the House in 2010, and was replaced by Rob Woodall. Full press release below the fold.

::Update::
The Kingston campaign released another list of endorsements this afternoon, this time featuring elected officials in metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway, Marietta State Rep. Sharon Cooper and State Rep. Joe Wilkinson. Read the entire list here.

Duluth, GA – Former Congressman and architect of the Fair Tax John Linder today announced his endorsement of Jack Kingston for United States Senate.

Linder cited Kingston’s budget-cutting record and support of the Fair Tax as reasons for backing his candidacy.

“I recruited Jack Kingston 30 years ago to run for the Georgia House,” said Linder. “Eight years later we were both elected to Congress and Jack became our representative on the Appropriations Committee. Jack took that responsibility seriously and, while Congress often just argues over cutting the rate of growth, Jack actually cut spending.”

On the House Appropriations Committee, Kingston has helped lead the charge to eliminate duplicative programs and reduce deficit spending. He cut the Obama Administration’s budget by $3.6 billion in just two years when he led the Agriculture Subcommittee.

“When I introduced the Fair Tax in 1999, Jack was an early co-sponsor and is still working to pass the bill,” Linder continued.
Kingston has been an ardent supporter of the Fair Tax and has cosponsored it every year since it was introduced. He continues to pressure House Republican leaders to bring the proposal up for a vote.

“When a tax reform proposal becomes a New York Times best seller, it clearly deserves some more attention in Washington,” said Kingston. “As Senator, I will lead the charge to implement the Fair Tax.”

From a personal perspective, Linder noted the friendship he and his wife built with the Kingstons after working with them so closely.

“Over the last 30 years Lynne and I became friends with Libby too,” said Linder. “We know their kids and think the world of the Kingston family. That is reason enough for us to endorse Jack Kingston to be Georgia’s next Senator. But I always come back to the spending. Jack Kingston is serious about cutting spending and deserves your vote!”

Kingston thanked Linder for his support and pledged to sponsor the Fair Tax if elected Senator.

“John Linder is one of the most effective leaders our state has ever known,” said Kingston. “I appreciate his support, his endorsement of my candidacy, and his service to our state. As Senator, I will continue his legacy of fighting for our conservative Georgia values.”

Kingston is running in the Republican Primary to replace retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss. While Election Day is May 20, early in person voting is being conducted all across Georgia.

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DrGonzo May 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

I respect Mr. Linder, but aside from his sponsorship and support of the Fair Tax, he was an ‘establishment’ Republican through and through, just like Mr. Kingston. That is not what we need right now in Washington.

South Fulton Guy May 8, 2014 at 10:23 am

“we were both elected to Congress” translation we were frat brothers so I support him… nuff said

A Dapper Gentleman May 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

Slightly better than getting his former employee elected to his seat.

gcp May 8, 2014 at 10:44 am

Linder lives in Mississippi? Time for the Washington endorsement from nuttie Newty and how about a Huckabee endorsement from New York or Florida or wherever he lives. Just more silliness.

And where were all these fair taxers when the Repubs were in power? They could not even get the fair tax bill to the floor for a vote.

DrGonzo May 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

Kingston co-sponsors the bill every year and then does about five minutes of lobbying for it before he says “Sorry folks, we just can’t get enough bi-partisan support blah blah blah.” He’s for the Fair Tax as long as it has absolutely no shot at becoming law.