Posted: 3:36 pm Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Scorched earth in Senate race: Kingston proclaims ‘stranger danger,’ Perdue names earmark names 

By Jim Galloway

We are entering the scorched-earth period of the Republican runoff for U.S. Senate – perhaps in honor of the 150th anniversary of this modern style of warfare.

Jack Kingston is celebrating by grabbing every endorsement in sight, starving rival David Perdue of support.  Today it’s state Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, recently ousted from the 11th District congressional congress. Like his predecessors, Lindsey goes with the “stranger danger” motiff:

“Jack Kingston is not a “David-come-lately” in the fight to advance Republicans and Conservatives in Georgia. He helped build the modern Republican Party in our state. He was part of the Republican Revolution in the 1990’s that stood up to President Clinton, balanced the federal budget, and reformed welfare.”

In his own way, David Perdue is burning bridges, too.

Consider the press release his campaign sent out about an hour ago, in its attempt to brand Kingston, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, as “king of earmarks” and congressional spending.
The Perdue campaign includes this bit of history:

From 2008-2010, earmark requests were assigned to a sponsor prior to the all-out ban. During those years, Jack Kingston made more earmark requests than any Georgia congressman, Democrat or Republican. Among Georgia Republicans, Kingston requested nearly twice as many earmarks (in both quantity and value) as the other six Republicans combined.

But then Perdue forces go further. The campaign names names in this chart:

perduechartU.S. Reps. Tom Price of Roswell and Lynn Westmoreland of Coweta County are safe GOP districts. But so far as we know, Georgia’s Republican incumbent has a Democratic opponent in November, and may not appreciate someone hanging out an inconvenient bit of data in public view.

61 comments
rphillips111
rphillips111

Kingston belongs to the donothing Republican establishment in Wasington who are there  to go along to get along.  The US Government is $17 trillion in debt and rising.  We have to reduce the size of the federal government instead of sending political hacks like Kingston there to tote money back to his district,  and vote to raise the debt limit so the US Capitol can put us deeper in debt.


Kingston is fiscally and ideologically irresponsible, and just another paperweight of the Status Quo on almost every issue.  He is a patriotic flag waver and probably likes every war MCCain calls for.  We do not need Kingston, who takes campaign funds from foreign criminals and then gives it back-- after he's caught.

Charles50
Charles50

The thing that irritates me the most is Kingston's commercial where he has someone imitating the President.  It's pretty annoying and very childish.  

honested
honested

One interesting although unmentioned fact on the chart, apparently 'earmarks' was another facet of Congress where paul broun was entirely inept!

Who voted for that guy?

JamVet
JamVet

Well, of course, the Uppity Caucasians, Lynn Westmoreland and his wife, are safe!


As for my wimp of a rep, Tom Price, I just hope that someday he gets a spinal implant...

OscarPucillo
OscarPucillo

Scorched earth? Hardly. This is wishful thinking by Galloway - who once wrote a column wishing that the guy who assassinated John F. Kennedy had been depicted as a racist southern white man who killed Kennedy over civil rights (which was not true, and incidentally Kennedy didn't do that much for civil rights anyway ... Robert Kennedy was the civil rights activist) - instead of the communist that he was. Since the actual conservatives Broun and Gingrey did not win the nomination (their only shot at Nunn wining) Galloway is trying to convince himself that Nunn still has a chance of Perdue and Kingston beat each other up. Which, of course, is not going to happen.


The only people who care about earmarks are the Tea Partiers. While the Tea Party was more bipartisan in the early days, now they are 99% Republican. So they will hold their nose and back Kingston rather than send Nunn to vote with Harry Reid for 6 years as some sort of "protest" vote. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Is there a tip line link for Pol Insider? I thought there was, but perhaps not on the mobile site.

I was curious if Jim would post a story about Jody Hice's bigotry and belief that Muslims shouldn't have the freedom to practice their religion in the United States.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/georia-gop-candidate-anti-islam

Off topic a little bit, but another candidate who is doing his best to embarrass Georgia.

This is a screen name stealing, liberal hypocrite sock puppet. While it shows his/her lack of integrity and ethics, it also shows how far at least this one leftist will go with such "debate" tactics and those who won't condemn them.

Scum.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Our other choice is Michelle Nunn, who now admits to being a Democrat and learned a lot from her Grandmother

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

".....earmark requests were assigned to a sponsor prior to the all-out ban. During those years, Jack Kingston made more earmark requests than any Georgia congressman, Democrat or Republican."

If you're a Georgian and you see how the rest of the folks on this list have helped your state, you'd be proud of Jack. For too long, we've sent guys to Washington who want to get on national news but don't give a tinker's damn about the people who sent them there.

Some of you may espouse some lofty principals about the nature of government, but for the rest of us, we just want to trust the roads and bridges, we like the business the ports send inland, and our families enjoy the parks for recreation.

...and Jack might have gotten a dollar or two for the troops stationed in his district.

EliasDenny
EliasDenny

Good to see that both are really talking bout things that matter to us voters.

honested
honested

I guess ed lindsey forgot that the most effective thing President Clinton did to balance the budget was to RAISE TAXES the year before the 'nut getrich clown posse' took over the House.

I'll just watch the polls and make sure to vote for the one most likely to be stomped by Michelle Nunn!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Perfect example of why Georgia needs an instant run-off, how many more weeks of this can we bear?  I'm sure Nunn is enjoying watching them beat up each other. 

JGINGREY
JGINGREY

@Charles50 TALK ABOUT CHILDISH.WHAT ABOUT PERDUE ADS WITH HUNDREDS OF BABYS ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN

Charles50
Charles50

@honested He didn't ask for earmarks.  Heck, that would help the people of his district.  No, he just spent money on a Debate Coach to the tune of about $30,000.  You know so that he could better explain to his constituents why he wasn't asking for earmarks.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@JamVet


C'mon now, TP may be a tad limp-wristed, but he has the spine to be THE best-dressed man in Congress.  Some people blow the kind of money he's got on frivolous things, but TP obviously invests in the finest personal attire a man can have because.... you're not a "representative" unless you represent!  * snap! * 

honested
honested

@JamVet 

Apparently, price is attempting to replace kingston as chief water carrier for the insurance industry.

Can't waste actually 'representing' people when there is campaign cash to be raked.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@OscarPucillo 

... instead of the communist that he was.

Got proof?

honested
honested

@OscarPucillo 

Let's be frank.

The 'teaklan' will vote for whoever is most likely to be more inclined to insult the President as often as possible rather than vote for who will be most likely to help return America to prosperity and progress. The clear and obvious failure of their ideology seems to have no effect on their voting patterns.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@The-Centrist From that article: "Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology,” he wrote. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”

Sort of like the Tea Party eh? You have to be a real conservative, a real Christian, and think like we think or you are a liberal, out of touch, a moron, an atheist, a commie, a socialist, or all the above!

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Screen name stealing, liberal hypocrite, sock puppet, scum.

And proud of it.

Charles50
Charles50

@Infraredguy If you a person didn't already know she was a Democrat, then maybe they shouldn't be voting one way or the other.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@hamiltonAZ - You should be glad that these constituents got the biggest helpings of pork in 2009 before earmarks were banned (your debt dollars at work):

Senate
Thad Cochran (R-Miss.): $497,591,000 (242 projects)
Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii): $392,432,850 (158)
Roger Wicker (R-Miss.): $368,039,000 (163)
Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.): $292,014,000 (96)
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa): $267,589,200 (194)

House
Bill Young (R-Fla.): $90,450,000 (41 projects)
Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.): $82,694,000 (51)
John Murtha (D-Pa.): 82,443,000 (34)
Harold Rogers (R-Ky.): $68,309,000 (36)
David Obey (D-Wisc.): 55,435,000 (54)

Here is a recent opinion piece about such pork:  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304393704579532000593322642

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@EliasDenny - To me, the best thing is that it is down to Perdue and Kingston - Broun, Handel, and Gingrey were much lower in my pecking order (lowest listed first).

GB101
GB101

@honested I would not bet the ranch on Michelle Nunn.


Regarding the "nut getrich" business:  do you lefty geeks really believe it is clever to use terms like this?  It is a very poor substitute for rational discussion.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@RafeHollister Can't have an instant run-off. The reason for this extended period is the court ruling that says a certain amount of time has to be allowed for printing, distributing, and receiving absentee ballots.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Nunn may be the only person in Georgia who is enjoying this slugfest.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

It's only "pork" if it is not necessary. Who would say roads and bridges or a vibrant sea port are not necessary?

The problem with political media campaigns these days is innuendo is all the voters need to develop negative opinions. Without knowing how the money Kingston brought to Georgia was spent, any criticism is ill considered.

The real complaint should be that many voters won't do any work to find out if an attack ad has merit.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Thank you for posting the pork numbers. It is important that people be reminded how much is invested in our country sometimes.

Unfortunately those numbers are dwarfed by things like the cost of the Bush tax cuts and the Iraq War.

honested
honested

@GB101 @honested 

Who was I referring to?

When did that pompous, self-serving, narcissistic windbag indulge in rational discussion?

All he accomplished during his unfortunate time in Congress was to line his pockets.

Please, enlighten me with evidence should you disagree.

Otherwise, I stand behind my appellation.

Charles50
Charles50

@NWGAL Negative.  I love watching them try to beat out one another as being the most "conservative".  

GB101
GB101

@NWGAL Kingston will probably win the runoff, but either candidate will beat Nunn.  She may be enjoying it, but her pleasure will not last.

honested
honested

@NWGAL 

Their commercials make it easier for her to point out that, apparently, neither one of them have any clue as to what is necessary to return America to prosperity and full employment!

GaBlue
GaBlue

@OscarPucillo @GaBlue @JamVet


WHAT slurs?  It's one man's opinion that the Congressman has no spine. It's another person's opinion that he's a snappy dresser. Does the first amendment apply only to YOU -- who called Robert Kennedy a communist? Whiner, please....

Kamchak
Kamchak

@OscarPucillo 

Tattletales will be derisively mocked.

Just sayin'.

honested
honested

@OscarPucillo @honested 

Pullleeezze!

The President should receive daily praise from ALL Americans at being able to cut the deficit, restore employment, cut wasteful offshore military adventurism, and drag us back from the abyss threatened by the 'shrub depression'.

Imagine what things might be like if the House had been even slightly cooperative?

larryauerbach
larryauerbach

@OscarPucillo @honested In fact ,five and a half years into Obama's presidency, jobs have rebounded, the stock market is at record levels, and home prices have recovered from their dramatic drop.  Everything is not where it should be yet, but we have made huge strides from the Great Recession.   It is one thing to disagree with the President and another to ignore facts to support your position.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

"Kamchak" - Now there is your sign.

Got proof, sport?

Not meant to be a factual statement.

Shoot the messenger, personal attacks, encouraging the sock puppet, and knee-jerk partisanship usually gets you ignored. 

 

DS
DS

I think Rafe and GB are talking about instant runoff in the context of preference voting, where voters indicate their first and second choices when they cast their original vote.

If nobody gets a majority of votes, then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and his/her votes are given to the second choice candidates on the votes that were originally cast for that candidate. The process is repeated until we have a winner.

Preference voting eliminates the need for expensive runoff elections in which winners are chosen from a very small turnout. It just requires that the state constitution allows it and that the voting system can handle it.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@GB101  Yeah, because the election officials will already know ahead of time that there will be a  runoff election and who will be in the runoff. Great idea!  With such clairvoyant election officials, we really don't need an election, do we. They will know ahead of time who the voters will choose.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

"usually gets you ignored"

So does posting the same whine several times a day.

(but I guess it's not plagiarism if you copy and paste your own whine...)

Kamchak
Kamchak

@The_Centrist 

... and knee-jerk partisanship usually gets you ignored. 

Recent evidence suggests otherwise.

Just sayin'.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@honested @GB101 @NWGAL Why not?  Deal and Handel had a slugfest in their runoff, and Deal still handled Barnes pretty easily.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

This is a screen name stealing, liberal hypocrite sock puppet.  While it shows his/her lack of integrity and ethics, it also shows how far at least this one leftist will go with such "debate" tactics and those who won't condemn them.

Scum.

TBS
TBS

@The_Centrist 

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That will cover it for 99.9% of what you post