Broun Backs Jack — Updated

July 22, 2014 11:41 am

by Nathan · 15 comments

We received a text through the tip line that said Congressman Jack Kingston just tweeted out that his colleague and former opponent Congressman Paul Broun has made a late endorsement for Kingston:

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Congressman Broun had been pretty silent after coming in 5th in the May 20th primary, but now throws his weight behind his fellow Congressman.

Discuss if this influences your vote…or not in the comments.

:: Update from Jon ::

There has been some question about whether Congressman Broun endorsed Jack Kingston for Senate. Nathan is right, our original tipster said that Kingston put “an endorsement from Paul Broun” on FB and Twitter.

A spokesman for the Kingston campaign told us that Broun had left a voicemail for the candidate indicating Broun had told a radio audience he voted for Kingston, and that he said Jack was the conservative choice. That’s what led to the tweet and Facebook post, which simply quoted from the voicemail.

Does that qualify as an endorsement? Merriam Webster says the meaning of endorse is “to publicly or officially say that you support or approve of (someone or something).” In my opinion saying you voted for a candidate, which in the end is the highest endorsement you can provide, qualifies as an endorsement. But, your mileage may vary.

The challenge of defining the true meaning of endorse is what keeps campaign finance lawyers in business. The recent controversy over whether Better Georgia went outside the permissible boundaries of advocacy given its tax status is the most recent example of this.

We’re not lawyers, nor are we a tax exempt group. We simply note the Kingston didn’t use the word endorse in its tweet. If we used it by mistake … well, we regret the error and blame others.

KD_fiscal conservative July 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

Ideologically, this makes no sense, Kingston has always been a reasonable, go along to get along type of guy and Broun is pure unadulterated crazy. But Kingston is also also to win….Broun still has future political aspirations, I guess.

Michael Silver July 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

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Personally, I’m more influenced by the Waka Flocka endorsement of David Perdue. I’d rather stand with a real person than listen to a washed-up politician recommend that I vote for a career politician who loves ever bigger government.

MattMD July 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Has anybody heard if Gucci Mane made an endorsement from the Fulton Co. lockup?

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FranInAtlanta July 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Will not influence my vote. Voting for Perdue this time and whoever wins the Repub nomination in November (and January I suspect).

Anson July 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Paul Broun had denied that he has endorsed Kinston. He did refer to him favorably on a radio show, but did not intend to endorse.

analogkid July 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Good to know his opinions don’t evolve either.

Obi's Sister July 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Well, there’s that.

Ghost of William F. Buckley July 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Thankfully, now I know exactly what to do, thank YOU, Mr. Broun.

Mrs. Adam Kornstein July 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I will pay real money to see Kinston stand next to Broun and Karen Handel at a GOP unity event…or you know AWKWARD Sauce..

drjay July 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

wow this seems to be awfully similar to what happened with woods and handel, but everyone was calling woods everything but a christian after that incident…so glad this round is over at 7….

Lawton Sack July 22, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Probably closer to 11 and forbid any of these go into a recount…

drjay July 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

thanks for that lawton, you used to be one of my favorite people…

Will Durant July 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I think what qualifies as an official endorsement today is whether or not you have forwarded money from your PAC to their PAC. No money, no honey.

saltycracker July 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Jacks endorsements from the “stick together for our own good” crowd should convince the majority not happy that we’re tired and it is time to change the diapers. Perdue doesn’t have to go along to leave office rich or powerful. But the good old boys have a lot of favors to collect and sprinkle around.

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