Posted: 4:47 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014

U.S. Chamber backs Jack Kingston in Senate race 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today endorsed Rep. Jack Kingston in the Georgia U.S. Senate race, solidifying his position as the choice of the business establishment and representing a blow to businessman David Perdue, who is fighting in the same space of the Republican primary electorate.

The Chamber can back up its endorsement with independent spending, though political director Rob Engstrom would not reveal any plans for a buy. The group has already spent $500,000 each backing Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in their primaries against tea party insurgents.

Word is Perdue had a testy interview with the Chamber, but Kingston also mostly votes with the Chamber’s wishes: He got 75 percent on the group’s scorecard last year, compared with 67 percent for Rep. Phil Gingrey and 46 percent for Rep. Paul Broun.

Here’s the full release:

ATLANTA, GA  – The world’s largest business federation today has given its backing to Jack Kingston’s bid for United States Senate citing his pro-jobs record and pro-growth vision.

In announcing the endorsement Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s National Political Director, praised Kingston’s support for America’s job creators.

“Now more than ever we need conservative leaders with a demonstrated record of fighting for Georgia jobs, and that leader is Jack Kingston,” Engstrom said. “As Senator, Jack will help lead America’s comeback and lay the groundwork for more jobs, more growth, and a generation of prosperity.”

Kingston’s pro-business record has also garnered the support of many businesses across Georgia.

“Jack Kingston’s combination of business experience, Georgia values, and a proven conservative record is the right fit for Georgia,” said Ben Tarbutton, III, Assistant Vice President of Sandersville Railroad who also serves on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.  “He is leading the fight in the House and we know he can get it done in the Senate.”

Tarbutton last year agreed to serve as Kingston’s Statewide Finance Chairman in order to help build the resources necessary for his bid.

Kingston, who first worked at the Port of Savannah before launching a successful career selling insurance, helped grow a small business into one of the largest privately held insurance brokerages in the country.

He has established himself as a pro-business, small government conservative in Congress by fighting to limit the government’s interference in our lives while making America’s economy more competitive.  He credits his business experience for guiding his pro-growth legislative agenda.

“We can reignite America’s economy by getting big government out of the way of job creation and economic growth,” said Kingston.  “We need to make America’s tax code more competitive, harness our energy potential, and clear up the bureaucratic red tape like that holding up the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.  I appreciate the Chamber’s support and look forward to working with them in the United States Senate.”

47 comments
Norb Leahy
Norb Leahy

Jack Kingston scores the lowest of all 8 Republican Congressmen on real conservative legislative scoring sites like electtherightcandidate.us, Heritage Action, The Club for Growth, Numbers USA and New American Freedom Index and Paul Broun scores the highest on these websites..

rphillips111
rphillips111

Kingston will vote for Amnesty, too, I guess.  The US Chamber of Commerce is filled with members and businesses from foreign Countryes who support sending our jobs overseas and destroying the domestic American economy.  It should be called the Globalist Chamber of Commerce and is allied with the Bush family's rulership of the Republican Party, evidenced by the Chamber's opposition to conservative candidates in the 2014 elections--as this article notes in its reference to McConnell and Cochran.



MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Poor Michelle Nunn - she can't get any press even from the liberal jockstrap carrying AJC.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

David Perdue is just like Sonny. Arrogant, egotistical and too full of himself to realize he's not the smartest guy in the room. Showed his arse at the state chamber interview and stormed out. Sound familiar? Just like Uncle Sonny.

It's Jack Kingston for me. The rest of the field is just to close to the tin foil hat crowd.

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

Duh, the Washington based COC, and more importantly their lobbyists already know what they have in Kingston since they have been "dealing" with him for 20 years now. Perdue (or his price) is not the same known quantity. Who do you think they would endorse?

Rhettbutler
Rhettbutler

A merchant has no country and the chamber support tells me Kingston is not the right choice. Perdue thinks a high school degree makes you of the lower class. So he is out also. The rest are the better choice for this native born Georgian.

petel
petel

Kingston's support of the "job creators" simply mans he'll support the rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor.  Perdue is still the GOP's best choice. 

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Kingston's patronizing ads play Georgians as fools, they are not humor they are degrading to him. what's his plans, that's what he should be talking about not his 40 something failures but a way to get something done.

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

The U S Chamber of Commerce is nothing more than a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch brothers.

C P
C P

Not surprising, but still depressing.  Conservatives finally pressure Saxby into retirement, only to elect Saxby II.  Kingston is a long time big government, big spending, big earmarking, influence peddling RINO (the only kind of candidate the Chamber likes).  The only difference between him and Saxby is that he's younger and can be at it a lot longer.  Geez.

Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

This glorified civic club with a Charleston attitude cuts no ice at the Johnson house.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

My question to the blog authors and liberal posters here:  Why has the rehashed ethics and state worker insurance changes issues not made a dent in the GOP gubernatorial polling; and how will they be relevant in 7 months for the general election?

btn
btn

David Purdue rubbed someone the wrong way?  Seems to be a rather common occurrence... Not so sure this guy is cut out to be a public servant.

honested
honested

Will the surprises never cease.


Next, I bet he gets a big shout out from the insurance industry and from those groups likely to profit the most from destroying the Savannah River Watershed.


And this clown is running for Senator.


I guess that points to what 'electable' has drooped to in Georgia.

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

Make no mistake about it, with plenty of built up frustration over Obamacare and amnesty for illegal aliens, the last person Georgians would want to send to the US Senate is the US Chamber of Commerce endorsed candidate. 


ex animo

davidfarrar

Bernie31
Bernie31

Nothing New under The Sun here...Groups of DEMONS always Support other DEMONS.


Selah.

Bernie31
Bernie31

If Jack Kingston had been around during the Judgement Of Jesus ...... He would DENY JESUS TOO!

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

I heard that Kingston has plenty of jobs to give to the poor!? Maybe one could get that clunker started!

Bernie31
Bernie31

Jack Kingston ...SHow me a POOR Person I cannot Stand...and I am going to do My level best

to show you a POOR Peson who will NEVER STAND AGAIN.

jeremybender
jeremybender

I'd put my money on the dumbest, most right wing candidate. 

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

Barge is at 4%?


The way td1234 cheer-leads for him and talks about some Facebook page as some sort of evidence regarding Barge's chances I thought he would be polling at around 4.05% by now.


lol

Astropig
Astropig

Chamber Of Commerce= Crony Capitalist Party or Business Socialist Party. These are the people that chisel million$ from local governments to improve the land that they already own so that they can sell it to Costco or WalMart so that they can offer "everyday low prices'. It used to be "insider self dealing",but now we call it a "public/private partnership".

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

A new InsiderAdvantage survey conducted for FOX 5 and the Morris News Service shows that the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate is a tight battle with early voting just over a week away.

The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate shows political newcomer David Perdue leading 3 congressmen and a former Georgia Secretary of State.

David Perdue: 19%
Jack Kingston: 15%
Karen Handel: 13%
Paul Broun: 11%
Phil Gingrey: 9%
Other: 1%
Undecided: 32%

[Handel has little cash and will likely fade as campaigning advertising starts in earnest.]


In the race for the GOP nomination for Governor of Georgia, incumbent Nathan Deal has an overwhelming lead over his two opponents. The results are:

Nathan Deal: 61%
David Pennington: 7%
John Barge: 4%
Undecided: 28%

InsiderAdvantage/Fox5 Political Analyst Matt Towery said concerning the Senate race, "The most notable number in the poll is the solid 32% who are still undecided. From years of experience, I can usually get a feel for likely voter turnout based on the percentage of undecided voters in a poll prior to early voting. While any good news-quality poll will have a bigger undecided percentage than a partisan poll or consultants' polling, this number is higher than usual. Voters are not focusing on this race, or any others, and that is in part due to the non-competitive gubernatorial primary."

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@rphillips111 I like my local Chamber, but the National Chamber frankly is on the wrong side of almost every race they endorse.


Some of my political friends are considering quitting the local Chamber in protest. The national organization better be careful they don't kill the goose laying their golden egg.

rphillips111
rphillips111

@MiltonMan, Michelle Nunn will get plenty of "mainstream Republican" votes in her race.  This Obama Supporting Democrat is after all a "Friend of the Bushes", and like MaCauliffe in Virginia last year, the democrat who beat a conservative Republican for Governor, Michelle Nunn will do very well with Georgia's Bush Run Republican Estabhlishment. 


KIngston to beat conservatives in the GOP Primary, Nunn the old family friend in November. Ah, the Bush Republican Party would make Nelson Rockefeller proud.

DannyX
DannyX

@MiltonMan, will you crazy Republicans make up your minds?  Whenever her name is mentioned here you guys go ballistic, claiming the AJC is campaigning for her.  When she is not mentioned its another crazy conspiracy.  Its non-stop hysteria with your crowd.

DixiesDew
DixiesDew

@Rhettbutler

Why Rhett Darling, of course there is a better choice for us native born Georgian's you scalawag. It's the daughter of the most successful Senator Georgia has ever had, Michelle Nunn. While I don't think that only having a high school education makes you a lesser person at all, not ever seeing anything to completion including your attempts at a college degree probably doesn't make you the right person to be a US Senator from Georgia either.

honested
honested

@juliainatlanta  

What's the use of controlling the 'means of production' if you can't distort it to your own (albeit warped) will?

DS
DS

@The_Centrist  Good question. I think the GOP governor's field is small, with just Pennington and Barge challenging. Neither have been spending much money, so they aren't well known. People getting polled might recognize their names, but they don't have a sense of what these candidates are about.

However, all the polls put Deal well below 50% against Carter. Conventional wisdom is that incumbents should poll well above 50%, else it's a sign that voters aren't very happy and would be open to a change.

Would voters feel comfortable with Carter? I would, because I think he's a sensible middle-of-the-road moderate who would move Georgia forward. I don't know how many voters would come to a similar place. I think many Georgia voters are follow-the-pack types, who listen to what their friends tell them and just go along so they'll fit in, rather than trust their instincts and make up their own minds.

Anyway, Carter will get his chance to make his case, and we'll see what happens.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@The_Centrist That one is Easy..They are only Polling Goobers with LandLines. Therefore the Polling is skewed and unreliable.

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@The_Centrist


At least the teachers are getting a better deal than Obamacare is giving everybody else.


ex animo

davidfarrar


DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@btn  Have you seen where this guy lives? He lives on an exclusive, barrier island (Sea Island), that acts as a barrier island to another barrier island (St. Simon Island), in a gated community no less.


ex animo

davidfarrar

honested
honested

@DavidFarrar  

Only those who can't read are still 'frustrated with The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act'.

Take away the wrong wing nuts who are unable to face reality, and the approval numbers go through the roof.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist  

Are you under the misconception that stating the same, inaccurate blather on two threads adds to it's credibility?

DannyX
DannyX

@The_Centrist, you scream every single time Handle's name is mentioned in this column because you say she can't win, yet she has very respectable numbers in this poll.  You really need to stop trying to be a big shot political pundit, your track record is horrible.  At the very least learn from this, stop throwing a fit every time a candidate you don't like is mentioned.





Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

"Most successful Senator Georgia has ever had"

The "success" I remember was a Senate speech in'94 that was a "success" in rallying support for killing the 'Balanced Budget Amendment' passed by Newt's House that year.

Palatin
Palatin

@DavidFarrar @The_Centrist

Actually DF the teachers and other state employees are getting the same deal the ACA is giving everyone else. Look at the benefits and costs. @Centrist, the Gov. is better at governance and being flexible when it makes sense. I think Pennington has painted himself into a conservative corner and Barge is under capitalized. Carter may have a chance given his funding if the Tea Party crowd pouts and stays home in the general election. I think this election is the practice round for the Carter candidacy anyway.  

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

And in the real world, 8 million people now have new heath insurance, including 220,000 in Georgia - and 120 million people are protected from insurance company discrimination 'cause of pre-existing conditions.

Awful, just awful.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DannyX @The_Centrist- Just mentioning HEARING the name Karen Handel sounds like fingernails being dragged over a Chalkboard. 


Karen is going HOME in May fer sure...

honested
honested

@MiltonMan  

Just get used to saying 'Senator Nunn' again up in the cold dark hinterlands of milton.

honested
honested

@Joeleejohnson  


Wasn't that about the same time 'ole noots was busy defending why he really, really needed a Government limo to get himself from one building to the next?

honested
honested

@LHardingDawg  

I believe you have it backwards.

Only those committed to wrong-wing republiklan mythology still believe preventing Americans from having effective access to medical treatment without including the risk of peony would be a good thing.

Good luck for those holding such a notion in campaigning to remove the healthcare for at least 8 million newly covered Americans this fall!

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

Very fuzzy democratic math that no one except the most gullible believe.