Third place finisher Karen Handel endorsed Senate candidate Jack Kingston today, saying Kingston had been a long-time soldier in the Republican trenches.
Handel said, “Over the course of campaigning for the past year, you really get to know your opponent. Throughout the campaign, I observed Jack Kingston as a man of integrity. He is committed to the conservative principles that are the foundation of the Republican Party.”
Handel cited Kingston’s strong support from the voters in the First Congressional District, including voting for him in the Senate primary by a 74% margin. Noting the challenges the country faces, Handel called Kingston “a workhorse, not a showhorse” who was consistent in his views.
Handel sent an email to her supporters, which is below the fold.
Today, I am formally endorsing Jack Kingston, the conservative choice for U.S. Senate.
I have had the unique opportunity over the last year to get to know all of the candidates very well, under the difficult circumstances and significant pressures of a statewide race.
What I’ve seen in Jack is a man of integrity who is devoted to his family. A man who is fiercely dedicated to the conservative principles that are the foundation of the Republican Party. A man who has represented the people of the 1st Congressional District honorably and effectively for more than 20 years.
When you are trying to decide who to support in the runoff, think about this: when Election Day came last week, the people Jack serves every day gave him an outstanding job performance evaluation. The 74% of the vote he received there speaks volumes about how well Jack has served the people in his district.
Now, he wants to go to work for all of Georgia. More than ever, we need a workhorse — not a show horse.
We need our new U.S. Senator to be a person who is extremely knowledgeable about the complicated issues Congress faces every day. We need a consistent conservative who brings the experience to be an effective member of the Senate from day one. And, we need a U.S. Senator who understands that the American Dream is for every Georgian no matter what their circumstances.
Friends, Jack Kingston is that person. I hope you’ll join me in returning to the polls on July 22 and voting for the man who has spent the better part of his life serving Georgia and who will continue to serve us well in the United States Senate – Jack Kingston.