Daniel Malloy at the AJC’s Political Insider is reporting the former Savannah Congressman and Senatorial candidate Jack Kingston has a new job. Kingston will by a Pricipal at Squire Patton Boggs, a DC lobbying firm:
Kingston’s listed duties do not, at this point, include lobbying. By law he cannot lobby his former colleagues for a year. The 59-year-old Kingston left his seat to run for U.S. Senate but lost in a Republican runoff to now-Sen. David Perdue.
His move — which likely comes with a serious payraise — reduces the chances of Kingston pursuing another run for office in the near future. Kingston has had plenty of encouragement to run again, but with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson running for re-election in 2016 and a deep Republican field already forming for the open 2018 governor’s race, another statewide bid would have been a stiff challenge.
Kingston’s son Jim is at the State Capitol in Atlanta today, and confirmed the story, saying that much of Kingston’s time would likely be spent in Atlanta and Georgia. The younger Kingston told us he was glad to be able to spread the news about his father, as most of the questions he’s gotten since his dad’s retirement from Congress in December have been about his father’s future plans.