Posted: 3:10 pm Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Lynn Westmoreland endorses Jack Kingston as delegation circles wagons 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is the first non-candidate in Georgia’s Republican House delegation to weigh in on the Senate primary with an endorsement of Rep. Jack Kingston today.

Expect the “G-9,” as they are known, to quickly rally around one of their own. All had been neutral in the primary out of respect for Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, though the wives of Reps. Austin Scott and Tom Price had endorsed Karen Handel.

Here’s what Westmoreland and Kingston had to say via press release:

“Jack Kingston and I have been friends for 20 years, during which I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him and his wonderful family,” Westmoreland said. “For the last ten of those years, we’ve been colleagues and I have seen first hand how Jack commits whole-heartedly to his work.² ³Jack is one of the most gracious, humble, and hard-working men I know.

“His honesty and dedication to serving Georgians can¹t be matched. Jack has been committed to the best interests of Georgia, particularly the Savannah port expansion, and has experience serving our state¹s military, veterans, and farmers. His record reflects his fiscally conservative values and commitment to getting America back on sound financial ground.

 “I am proud to offer my support to Jack for the US Senate and know he is the best candidate to serve the great state of Georgia in Washington,” he concluded.

Accepting the endorsement, Kingston pledged to continue working with Westmoreland to encourage to shrink government, encourage private sector job creation, and bolster national security.

“Lynn Westmoreland is a strong leader for Georgia and I am proud to have his endorsement,” Kingston said. “Bringing real world business experience, he has shown an ability to get things done in both the General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. I look forward to continuing our fight for limited government, private sector job creation, and a strong national defense.”

44 comments
Ckingtruth56
Ckingtruth56

The Establishment really has a problem with David Perdue don't they.

Chris30338
Chris30338

Wasn't Westmoreland the one who called both Michelle and Barack Obama "uppity" before the 2008 election and then claimed ignorance about the racial connotations, even though everyone in the South knows what "uppity" means i.e. Blacks who don't know their place? 

petel
petel

One professional politician endorsing another.  What s surprise!  And linuxfanatic, you are dead wrong about Nunn.  She is a phi beta kappa graduate of the University of Virginia and has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard. As CEO of Points of Light, she has done amazing things.  Her problem is she is probably too smart for the voters of GA.  What a shame because she would do us proud in Washington D.C.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Professional politicians endorsing their own is a negative for a lot of folks. 

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

I am torn. One part of me likes hearing Perdue say that we need a real energy policy for this country instead of just oil and gas (which does not benefit this state, which has no oil, gas or coal reserves to speak of at all but can possibly do something with alternative energy) and that he is actually somewhat serious about doing what is needed to lower the national debt (it takes more than kicking "those people" off welfare despite what certain folks choose to believe).


On the other hand ... Kingston sits on these committees: Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, Subcommittee on Defense, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Chairman). He has leveraged that to benefit the economy in and around his district. Were he to become senator, he would do that for the whole state. Georgia hasn't gotten that sort of economic return from a senator since Sam Nunn was in office.


Perdue has good ideas, but can one guy in a body of 100 make a real difference? On the other hand, Kingston is guaranteed to bring positive economic results. Now that the SHEP project is going to be funded, the next phase will be infrastructure to move the goods: roads and rail. That would be huge for the economy of this state in the area that is needed most: outside the metro Atlanta area. (It would benefit Atlanta too BTW). 


It may sound like "politics as usual" but I am going to go ahead and root for Kingston. (Please, no talk about Michelle Nunn, whose main accomplishment in life is her last name. And I thought that the Dems were supposed to be the egalitarian party ...)

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@Chris30338 Not a fan of Westmoreland, who also lacks a college degree incidentally. Probably why he called the guy with the Ivy League degrees "uppity."

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@petel


Sorry, but this isn't an entry level job so spare the college record stuff. Denise Majette had an even better academic resume and look at her now. 


CEO of a minor charitable organization, not the Red Cross like Liddy Dole. 

Points of Life (and Hands On Atlanta) has done amazing things? Name them.

She would do you proud by being another vote for the Democratic caucus, which is the only reason why you support her. 


MickPeters56
MickPeters56

@petel And Nunn won't have any endorsements by "professional politicians."

honested
honested

@petel  

They don't voter or intelligence, capability or potential.

All that is necessary is to be the most conserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvative.

Somehow, the continued failure of that strategy just doesn't matter.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

So what does it mean for an 'outsider' to get endorsements from professional politicians?

honested
honested

@linuxfanatic  

Wow it must be a warm day for all this hot air.

Looking at kingston's long term committee assignments, aside from carrying water for the insurance industry, what are his ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

You guys vote for blind, failed ideology and wonder why things keep getting worse.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@linuxfanatic  


Michelle Nunn's accomplishments probably don't include the only three things you ever want to see a woman do, so yeah, technoboy, you'll feel better about yourself if you pretend she doesn't have any. Good for you.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@linuxfanatic


Having Westmoreland's endorsement sealed the deal for me, I'm voting Perdue. Westmoreland is one of the republican moderates in the pocket of the Speaker and you would expect him to support one of his own. Kingston has been in Congress 22 years, what has he accomplished? The national debt has increased from 4 to 17 trillion. Kingston was the king of earmarks in Georgia. The size of the federal government has increased dramatically during Kingston's time in office.


If that is "conservative" then I don't understand the meaning of the word. 



NWGAL
NWGAL

Linux, uppity is used to describe non white men, women and lower class white males who act "above their station", not Ivy League grads. Don't pretend you don't know that.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@linuxfanatic 

She would do you proud by being another vote for the Democratic caucus...

General Shinseki says, "What"?

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@GaBlue @linuxfanatic Oooh, wow, the "I am against her because she is a woman" card. How original, especially since you know nothing about me or my background. But I take it that you defend Sarah Palin from all of the misogynistic attacks against her? Michelle Bachman? Yes or no? 

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@Retired-Soldier @linuxfanatic 

The conservative in this race was Broun. He lost. So who else is there to back? And do you honestly think that Perdue is any more conservative than his cousin?

GB101
GB101

@linuxfanatic @NWGAL @MickPeters56 Kingston was never a Democrat.  He was elected to the state House of Representatives ca 1984 as a Republican.  Defeated an incumbent Democrat named Bobby Phillips.  

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MickPeters56

I get sick of dense knee-jerks distorting English words and sayings through a racial prism.  

Yet you had no problem with the dog-whistle "uppity."

Very telling.

Just sayin'.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Linux, thanks for the clarification.

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@NWGAL


@MickPeters56 @NWGAL  


Excuse me, but where did I deny or attempt to redefine what Westmoreland said or meant? 

A) Westmoreland has no college degree.

B) Obama has 2 Ivy League degrees, including a law degree and is black.

C) Westmoreland resents being out-achieved by a black guy and calls him uppity. 

D) A historic source of racism and backlash politics is resentment over being surpassed on the economic ladder and losing influence and power (which of course explains a great deal of the intense, irrational hatred that OTP has for ITP ... the one place in the state where blacks have influence and power, and one of the rare places in the country where the percentage of black college graduates, professionals, businesses etc. exceed the national average).


I thought my statement was obvious, but I guess that my statement preferring Kingston over Nunn sent you folks off the rails. Sorry, but it is possible to oppose southern strategy politics and still not support the person whose main accomplishment in life is her last name. And incidentally, Kingston is a former Democrat. He was on your side less than 20 years ago. If he is a neo-Klansman now, then he was back then with you folks putting him into office. The same is true of Nathan Deal, Sonny Perdue and the rest of these party switchers. They had the same positions on civil rights as the guy that Michelle Nunn is using to get elected: her father. Kingston didn't just decide 20 years ago that he hates blacks and women and whatnot and switched parties as a result. He is still the same guy now as he was then, just like Sonny Perdue was still the same guy who took black foster kids into his home before he switched parties.. 

Westmoreland, on the other hand, is another matter.

NWGAL
NWGAL

56, gay wasn't in the dictionary under its current slang meaning until very recently and some dictionaries do list uppity the way i described it. BTW I used Linux the way I am using 56, linuxfanatic being the poster I was responding to.

MickPeters56
MickPeters56

@NWGAL I was pointing out that somebody actually had to use Linux, versus a dictionary, to find a definition to suit their needs.  Whether it's "uppity" or "tar baby", I get sick of dense knee-jerks distorting English words and sayings through a racial prism.  

NWGAL
NWGAL

56, And the definition of gay is happy. But that is not how it is used.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

Trust us, 56.

You're not fooling anyone.

And neither did Congressman Westmoreland.  He knw exactly what it meant, and the people he was speaking to understood it perfectly.

MickPeters56
MickPeters56

@NWGAL That's hilarious you had to "Linux" something so you could find a definition, by some liberal writer, to suit your needs.  Just for kicks, I checked the Webster's definition of "uppity."  No mention of race, basically defined it as "arrogant" and "presumptuous."


Now that I understand the definition of the word, I'm going to guess that you're uppity.  

Kamchak
Kamchak

@linuxfanatic 

...does not make one Mike Barrow or Joe Frank Harris.

Where did I post anything about Mike Barrow or Joe Frank Harris?

Perhaps you should respond to what I actually post rather than respond to crap that you make up and wish I had posted.

Just suggestin'.

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@Kamchak @linuxfanatic


Yawn. David Scott did the same. Calling for the firing of a low level Cabinet official for a president in his second term does not make one Mike Barrow or Joe Frank Harris. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@linuxfanatic 

She is another vote for the Democratic caucus.

Haven't seen the new thread, have you?

Too funny!

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@honested @linuxfanatic


"You guys vote for blind, failed ideology and wonder why things keep getting worse."

Because the main reason why you oppose Kingston is his political party - and you totally ignore that he used to be a Democrat before he switched - even if I did list any accomplishments on his part you would ignore them.


Which is the same reason why you support Nunn. She is a Democrat. Therefore, the fact that you have no idea what she actually believes or how she would actually perform in that office means nothing to you. She is another vote for the Democratic caucus. That is all you care about. She could be a terrible senator who doesn't do squat for the state or even perform constituent services like Max Cleland and you would be perfectly happy. 


So just go ahead, stop playing games and admit it.

honested
honested

@linuxfanatic @honested 

OK, so he rides on his wife's inheritance.

Back to the question, 20 years in Congress, what are his accomplishments?

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@Retired-Soldier @linuxfanatic


So given the choice between two guys that are not conservative, I am going to pick the one that will actually bring more jobs and economic development (meaning less people on public assistance) to the areas of the state that need it the most to the guy whose corporate experience is Reebok and Dollar General (low paying jobs) and is the cousin of the same guy whose main accomplishments in 8 years was gutting education reform, stopping the northern arc, T-SPLOST and Go Fish. 

linuxfanatic
linuxfanatic

@Starik @Retired-Soldier @linuxfanatic

Broun is no crazier than any number of left-liberals in your own party. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is a card-carrying member of the American Socialist Party with heavy sympathies towards the Communist Party and former Soviet Union, and it is Broun who is crazy. Hilarious ...