A group of local officials came out to support a U.S. Senate candidate as he passed through LaGrange on Thursday.
State Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, met with a small group at Charlie Joseph’s on West Point Road on Thursday afternoon. LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton introduced Kingston, who encouraged everyone to get out and vote, and vote early.
He also stayed to take pictures with attendees, encouraging them to post the pictures on Facebook, because people are more likely to support something they see on Facebook over a political ad, he said. Kingston also encouraged anyone to call him with any questions.
Kingston said his current race with David Perdue, whom he faces in the runoff election Tuesday, has been competitive. Although he said he has out-raised Perdue, his opponent still has more financial resources available.
Countered some accusations Perdue has made against him, Kingston said his opponent has accused him of voting for every pay raise he’s been presented for Congress, even though the last pay raise was in 1991, when he wasn’t a member. He said he has voted on cost of living adjustments, voting against them 19 times and voting for them six times.
Kingston said he also has voted against the ceiling increase 14 times and introduced a bill to ban earmarks in 2001. He said all the earmarking done since has been for military improvements. On the Savannah River deepening project, he noted that the federal government has a long history of assisting on those projects and will yield an estimated $5.50 return for every dollar spent.
Also, Kingston said he fought against the stimulus bill and Perdue was on the board of a company that received them. He also opposed the senate amnesty bill, but said Perdue was on a board that called it a step in the right direction. Kingston also claimed Perdue called the Wall Street bailout a decent investment, while Kingston opposed it.
Kingston said his top three priorities to tackle in the U.S. Senate are national defense, jobs and balancing the budget. As a member of the appropriations committee, Kingston said he worked to cut spending and cut about $3 billion in spending as chairman of the agriculture committee.
He while serving he has represented five of eight military installations and the country needs someone who understands the Pentagon and every branch of the military.
Kingston said he is endorsed by the small business association and U.S. Chamber and has a solid track record of voting for less regulation on energy independence and tax simplification.