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WASHINGTON – The above started airing on Atlanta TV stations this morning courtesy of Citizens for a Working America PAC, which has put $500,000 behind the effort.
It’s the first direct televised attack on Rep. Jack Kingston, and it follows some of the similar themes of Ending Spending PAC’s hit on Rep. Phil Gingrey, including earmarks, the debt ceiling and, interestingly enough, Cash for Clunkers.
The South Carolina-based Citizens for a Working America started in 2010 attacking then-Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., and was going to be Michele Bachmann’s Super PAC in the 2012 presidential race before switching to Mitt Romney before the Iowa caucuses. It spent about $1.5 million in the 2012 cycle and this is its first reported spending of 2014.
The deluge is only just beginning, folks. Subscribers can read more on outside spending and the Senate race here or in tomorrow’s dead tree edition.
Here’s the ad script:
“Career politician Jack Kingston’s been in Washington over 20 years, so what’s he done? Kingston earned the title ‘King of Earmarks.’ He voted to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on Obama’s Cash for Clunkers used car program and voted to raise the debt ceiling. Kingston even took thousands in payraises.
“Now Kingston wants a promotion to the Senate. A promotion? Well, conservatives have a message: Hey Jack, you’re not going back.”
And here is the reply from Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford:
“This is politics as usual. A shady, out of state PAC wants to control our election by attacking a conservative fighter like Jack Kingston.”
Daniel Malloy is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington Correspondent, covering the Georgia Congressional delegation and other D.C. goings-on that affect the state since 2011. He's a zealous fan and proud graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.