Posted: 10:13 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Jack Kingston’s Marietta show of force; David Perdue tries to rally religious conservatives 

By Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Insider note: We will be updating this post throughout the weekend with color from the campaign trail as David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston make their final pitches to voters for Tuesday’s Republican Senate runoff. And for more information on the candidates, click to read our profiles of Perdue, the feisty outsider, and Kingston, the unapologetic Washington veteran.

The show of force for Team Kingston at Marietta Square on Sunday afternoon left the stage practically groaning by the end.

Kingston first called up his wife, mother and four children. Then he brought back Karen Handel and Phil Gingrey — his former Republican primary foes who introduced him to the crowd — and a cavalcade of other local officials. They led the remaining crowd in a chorus of “Proud to be an American” and a call, as usual, for everyone to get their friends out to vote Tuesday.

Kingston made a five-minute speech, sparing his struggling voice, and acknowledged another Cobb County political figure — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich:

“Here in what was and still is in so many respects Newt Gingrich territory, this in so many ways was the birthmark of the Contract With America. And I believe what we need right now as a conservative family is another Contract With America.”

Kingston then laid out his six-point “American Renewal Initiative.”

***

The Republican runoff campaign for U.S. Senate, like the GOP primary before it, has been notable for the absence of rhetoric intended to rally religious conservative voters.

Possibly this is a sign that David Perdue and Jack Kingston see eye-to-eye on such things as gay marriage and abortion – possibly it’s because neither one wants to give Democrat Michelle Nunn a target for the general election that begins Wednesday.

But Perdue is making a last-minute attempt to bring these voters into play. Below is a robocall that we’re told went out Saturday night, The voice belongs to the Rev. Benny Tate, pastor of Rock Springs Church, of the Congregational Methodist strain, in Milner, Ga. – that’s just south of Griffin:

Says Tate:

“…Christians need to head to the polls on Tuesday, because our values are under attack in Washington. We need someone who will stand up for our principles and push back against this liberal assault.

“I’m urging you to vote for David Perdue for U.S. Senate. David is a God-fearing man who shares our beliefs. I’ve looked him in the eye, and I know he’s a man of integrity. He was raised in middle Georgia by parents who instilled in him at an early age a foundation of faith in God. And he’s never forgotten those values….”

Perdue is scheduled to attend Tate’s church this afternoon and meet privately with the reverend.

***

Jack Kingston’s voice is shot.

The Congressman greeted about two dozen supporters at a home in Canton with an apology that the relentless campaign had rendered his voice weak and gravelly. Fortunately, his sidekick Karen Handel had whipped up some “witchcraft” concoction, Kingston quipped, that he hoped would help. Handel has been at his side a lot lately, as Kingston has counted on the third place finisher in the May primary to help him drum up votes in Tuesday’s runoff.

Jack Kingston speaks to supporters in Canton.

Jack Kingston speaks to supporters in Canton.

Kingston called Handel the “cornerstone” of his final push, making calls — for money or just support — and spending time out on the trail.

Handel urged the attendees at the home of Teri and John Marinko, which included several local Republican Party officials and state Reps. Scot Turner and Michael Caldwell, to get their friends out to the polls on Tuesday.

“The [turnout] projection was somewhere between 8 and 10 percent. The weather is going to be terrible. It’s supposed to keep raining through Tuesday. So now that’s potentially 5 to 7 percent turnout. That means this is a crap shoot.”

Kingston acknowledged some confidence about his position — as public polls show him ahead — but with the attack ads flying in the closing days he is leaving nothing to chance:

Going down the home stretch we feel good about things, but you never know – going up against a self-funder – what can happen. And I always think about this as a whitewater raft, with long twists and turns. And right when you think ‘OK, we’re going to make it happen.’ Then you get a new set of rapids.”

He attacked businessman David Perdue as someone who does not know or understand the Republican activists who have worked for decades to build the party in Georgia, who have put up the yard signs and licked the envelopes and gone to the Saturday morning breakfasts.

“I know what it was like, how difficult it was,” said Kingston, who got his start as an activist in the College Republicans in the 1970s. “Having been a fighter for the conservative cause for so long, I don’t apologize for that.”

***

David Perdue’s first stop on Saturday morning was at Cofer Brothers Lumber, where a supporter had conveniently left him a hammer he could use to pummel Rep. Jack Kingston, his opponent in Tuesday’s runoff contest. The former Fortune 500 chief executive said another tool would be more apt for this stage in the campaign.

A tracker waits in the rain to catch an image of Senate candidate David Perdue campaigning in the final days before Tuesday's runoff vote.

A tracker waits in the rain to catch an image of Senate candidate David Perdue campaigning in the final days before Tuesday’s runoff vote.

“Somebody give me the shovel,” he said, shaking his head. “The stuff I’m getting lately.”

Both campaigns and their supporters have unleashed millions of dollars worth of negative ads and uplifting TV spots in the final stretch of the campaign, meant to boost their candidates, ding their rivals or simply confuse or depress voters to the point where they simply stay home.

Perdue’s campaign unloaded the latest salvo on Friday, a negative ad that targets the immigration stance of Kingston’s biggest ally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At his Saturday stop, he went after the Chamber  for the second time in a week, saying it was “openly, openly supporting full blanket amnesty.”

(The Chamber, for its part, has said the 13-year path to citizenship outlined in the Senate-passed immigration bill – which Kingston has repeatedly said he would not support – does not qualify as “amnesty.”)

At the stop, Perdue and his supporters said their tracking figures indicated a race much tighter than the WSB-TV poll released on Friday. That poll, by right-leaning Landmark Communications, gave Kingston a seven-point lead over his GOP rival.

“I’m very excited about where we are,” said Perdue. “It’s tight but we got momentum. And we’re going to shock some people Tuesday. There’s some powerbrokers who are really throwing their weight and money around. And it’s not sticking.”

288 comments
MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

For any who may have followed my thinking regarding voting in the Republican primary tomorrow, I wish to post the following.


I had previously crossed over political parties to vote for Republican Dr. John Barge for Georgia's Governor because, imho, he has sacrificed his own political career in order to save public education for all of Georgia's public school students. Regarding my voting plans for tomorrow in the Republican Run-off, I have altered my earlier voting thoughts in casting a vote for a political strategy purpose. I have now decided that I cannot lend my name, which represents who and what I am, via how I vote, to either Republican candidate for the U. S. Senate from Georgia.  Because I do not support the political positions of either David Perdue or Jack Kingston, I will not be voting for either of these two candidates. The election tomorrow will fall as it will without any vote from me for Georgia's U. S. Senator.  I will, however, vote tomorrow for Dr. Mike Buck for Georgia's Superintendent of Schools, a colleague of Dr. John Barge. 


In November, I will vote for Michelle Nunn for U. S. Senator from Georgia, for Jason Carter for Governor of Georgia, and, hopefully, for Valarie Wilson as Georgia's Superintendent of Schools, if she wins tomorrow's Democratic Run-off.

A Moderate
A Moderate

I voted for Kingston in primary because, I thought, he was more moderate than the others. His attack mail on Perdue's willingness to raise debt ceiling changed my mind. Refusing to pay, thus allowing government to default after a budget is agreed on is insanity. 

BrennanMancil
BrennanMancil

Doesn't Rock Spring's endorsement violate its 501(c)(3) status?

peewilly
peewilly

Dear God


Please let the TV ads,radio spots,telephone calls stop. I am sick of it.


I just don't see why we cannot have them duke it out in a boxing ring. I feel pretty confident Purdue would kick that sissyboy Kingstom's butt all over the ring. KO in first minute, I assure you.


I would never vote for anyone that drives a station wagon and thinks that is gonna help him in the election.

Just saying.


Either way whoever wins..."We will have NUNN of that in Georgia"

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"Luckily for ALL Georgians, more people vote than consider themselves members of the republiklan party or the nebulous teaklan groups."

Sure helped Roy Barnes, Jim Martin, Big Boy Mark Taylor, etc. etc. did it not???

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Shock???  Hardly.  The shock is that the libs in this state have no one other than Mary Nunn & Jason Carter to nominate.

Zwei
Zwei

The GOP's racist and bigoted stance towards governance is going to come back to haunt them in November. African-American voters have a long memory especially when it comes to the everything from the birther movement to obstruction to disenfranchisement of minority voters with ridiculous voter ID laws and just flat out lying about President Obama. Best believe a stern message will be sent to the GOP at the voting booth.

Zwei
Zwei

The sad thing about the difference between Kingston and Perdue is that there isn't really any difference between them. They are both full of empty talking points with no actual defined goals that will help the citizens of this state. Neither candidate is suitable to be a Senator.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Who is talking about roads and bridges? Who is talking about education? Who is talking about the elephant in the living room?

While candidates and commenters rail on who's a RINO and who's really conservative and why nobody should believe the biased media and spend millions on ads about illegal immigration, NOBODY talks about what they are going to do about the elephant: Alzheimer's. Over 5 million today (half the total of illegal immigrants) but in the next two decades there will be more victims than illegals.

In an aging population, one would think this gets some kind of priority. Consider:

Alzheimer's disease is the most expensive condition in the nation.

In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Despite these staggering figures, Alzheimer's will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today's dollars) in 2050.

Candidates with commitment to fixing this... I'm listening.

MattieMae
MattieMae

I think all these two "gentlemen" have managed to do with all the negative ads is help Nunn win in November.

Old_Man
Old_Man

Those tea stains are hard to get out.

They'll still be there in November.

Old_Man
Old_Man

Kingston has capitulated to the Tea Party.

He is the best opponent for Nunn.

independentiii
independentiii

I plan to vote for Perdue so we have a  choice in Nov  between two candidates without political ties or experience. That then wouldn't be an issue.  Kingston has a lot of tenure - but what has he accomplished in that time?

peewilly
peewilly

Michelle Nunn doesn't have a chance in Hell of being elected with her liberal,feminist views. The only thing she is running on is her name ,and guess what?. that isn't her real name..

They say looks are important in a campaign ,she has none whatsoever.

I am sure terrorist would vote for her and contribute to her campaign..as they did.

anothercomment
anothercomment

I spent the last few day in Florida at the beach and only had to endure a couple of their current Governor Scott  the big Medicaid crook when he was the CEO of HCA trying to put out a bunch of lies about Charlie Christ. Charlie Crist is saving his money, since everyone in Florida wants Medicaid expansion and is planning to vote Scott out for that and not taking Federal Transportation money.


It was nice to avoid the Georgia clowns with their TV ads.  Michelle Nunn can win this with a simple positive campaign.

peewilly
peewilly

If either candidate promise me to never call my house again and make it possible to never see either of their commercial on Tv and Radio.......They absolutely have my Vote.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Christian conservatives and the kkk sound alike

Kamchak
Kamchak

The voice belongs to the Rev. Benny Tate, pastor of Rock Springs Church, of the Congregational Methodist strain, in Milner, Ga...

That church should lose it's tax exempt status.

Just sayin'.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

No, but Georgians have had a few years to see just HOW BAD things can get under republiklan-misleadership!

That might explain why neither kingston nor shady are running on what passes as 'their record'.

Zwei
Zwei

@hamiltonAZ

Good luck with trying to get a commitment from either Perdue or Kingston. Their mantra is to let the poor and middle class suffer and fit a narrative of blame on President Obama for the suffering.

BillinGeorgia
BillinGeorgia

@independentiii Kingston has accomplished the following; 1. Yes vote No child Left Behind, 2. Yes vote TSA, 3. Yes vote the wars, 4. Yes vote Medicare Part D, 5. Yes vote Debt Ceiling increases, 6. etc ....

Old_Man
Old_Man

@peewilly

Peewilly, I'm so glad to see that you find Kingston and Perdue more attractive than Nunn.

So we can count on your support for gay marriage in Georgia?

honested
honested

@peewilly 

Luckily for ALL Georgians, more people vote than consider themselves members of the republiklan party or the nebulous teaklan groups.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak 

Kumchak:  Apparently you are not at all familiar with the African churches through out Georgia and their "political chats" from the pulpits in the past many years. it goes on - yes even in your type churches.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

...and Mary Nunn and Jason Carter are???  Heck Mary is bascially using her dad's name and his contacts; Jason Carter is using the fact that he is not the Crook Deal.  I need something other than that as I reason to vote for either one.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

You call someone earlier a jerk and you know what classy is pal???  Her legal name is Mary Nunn idiot.

honested
honested

@td1234 @peewilly 

Tiny Dog,

so glad to hear from you.

I thought your rock must have imprisoned you to the ground.

anothercomment
anothercomment

@MichaelHannigan @Kamchak  Well, I wrote the Catholic Arch Bishop Previous to the current one that we have now and told him that the Arch Diocesan Fund would not get a dime from me as long as he was Promoting George W. Bush or any other Republican candidates. I told him that many of the Catholics responsible for the growth of the Catholic church in Georgia were like me, we grew up in the much more liberal NE and Midwestern Catholic Churches. We grew up as Kennedy Democrats. We believed in providing for the least of our brother. I went to a Catholic University that sponsored a Lesbian and Gay Club back in 1980.

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan @Kamchak 
Kamchack is entirely correct.

ALL churches that delve into politics should lose ALL tax exemptions.

Too bad we don't fund enough IRS officers to Enforce the LAW.

CarolineJenkins
CarolineJenkins

I think the black churches must have some kind of unwritten exemption. Historically, the blacks have found out who to vote for from the pulpits.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan 

Apparently you are not at all familiar with the African churches through out Georgia and their "political chats" from the pulpits in the past many years.

Got proof?

Please, show your work.

Thanks in advance, sport.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@anothercomment @MichaelHannigan @Kamchak 

"According to a widely circulated news report, the archbishop described Barack Obama's election as president of the United States as 'a great step forward for humanity …'

Point one:  Archbishop is one word, not two;

Point two:  The above comment was made by Gregory (the current one), and I maintained the article with his quote above.  Actually, he called Obozo a great Humanitarian - which is even worse.  

Point three: As a "cradle Catholic" and fairly devout, I never  heard or read of Archbishop Donaghue ever promoting the GOP, conservatives or any other Republicans, let alone GWB;

Point four: Your "liberal" church should be cut off from Roman Catholicism and you folks should go to the Episcopal Church where abortion is accepted.

Point five: "Kennedy Democrats" - is that some sort of a badge of honor?

Point six:  All the "Catholic colleges that are straying from the teachings of the church are slowly losing their right to be called Catholic, and,

Point seven: Your (alleged) "Catholic" college sponsored a Gay Club in 1980.  Do you want your medal presented to you in a ceremony, or can we mail it to you?


MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested @MichaelHannigan @Kamchak 

 <i>"Too bad we don't fund enough IRS officers to Enforce the LAW."</i>

Just ait until thie IRS scandal blows over!  You ain't seen retribution and [SELECTIVE] enforcement of laws like you'll see then.  African churches need now worry, however.

Zwei
Zwei

@CarolineJenkins

I think you must have some undocumented mental illness. Especially, if you believe that black people are incapable of intelligent thoughts to be able to determine the best candidates that represents us because we have to be told who to vote for. We are not airheaded southern conservative white women who need theirs husbands to make decisions for them.

TBS
TBS

@CarolineJenkins 

Pat Robertson, John Hagee and many other white evangelical preachers say "WTF......... don't exclude us" 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@CarolineJenkins 

Historically, the blacks have found out who to vote for from the pulpits.

Got proof?

Please, show your work,

Thanks in advance.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak @MichaelHannigan 

Having been born and reared in Georgia I can tell you that this is true.  Can you read about it? No.  Why?  media bias and you also know that,

Traveled the entire state more than once and talked to many, many people, black, African or white and they will tell you.  Especially, in small towns.  What part of GA did you grow up in?

Leave you with this, "sport," I also believe that if you jump off the Empire State Building in New York, you are sure to die.  Do I have proof of that?  Well, ya' think one might?

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan 

The "King of the Wrong Wing" provides us with warped wrongness again.

I just look forward to Wednesday, after the second place candidate in the Senate race is decided!

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan @honested @Kamchak 

The artificial 'IRS Scandal' is just so much fauznewz manufactured BS.

Quick, tell me how many fake, wrong-wing, teaklan, tax evasion 'charities' failed to get the exemptions they sought?

That alone should encourage the IRS to TRIPLE the number of Enforcement Officers and get skippy with the DENY stamp.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan 

You could've merely posted, no, you had no proof and saved yourself about 100 words, sport.

Just sayin'.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested @MichaelHannigan 

When it came time for the two parties to choose an emblem, logo or Avatar (if you prefer), there were only two choices left: The Jacka-- and the Elephant.  The Demokrats won the coin toss and the rest is history.

Zwei
Zwei

@honested @Kamchak

Maybe Michael is so upset about the only group which was a progressive group whose tax exempt status was denied by the IRS.

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan @honested 

The party with the symbol of persistence has proven to be able to think, wait and fight for the people of America.

The party with the symbol of subservience is quite effective at catering to the needs of those controlling the 'wealth'. Thik of it as bowing to the mahut.

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan @honested 

Where is an 'elephant' without a 'mahout'?

Just like a republiklan without a fauxnewz talking point.

Anyway, back to an earlier question, how are the people in Kansas fairing after the ill advised laffer-curve tax cuts?

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested @MichaelHannigan 

Actually, (dis)honest, I don't watch much TV, even FOX and none of the LameStreams guys.  i prefer travel, making money (and lots of it) and reading.  Playing word games with you idiots on this blog has eaten into my International Date Line contacts where  I go to make buy/sells, so in a few minutes, I'm history for tonight.

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan @honested 

So when do republiklan policies start to work for the BENEFIT of Georgians?

You may want to answer quickly, since I realize Visiting Hours will be over soon and they will take away your access to the keyboard.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested @MichaelHannigan 

Compared to you guys that must be back by 19.00 hrs., I lose my computer rights but at least they won't put my "jacket" on again.  BTW, does that contraption restrict your breathing in any way?  If so, you should complain to the management...they always appreciate a good laugh.

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan @honested 

I doubt you will see this until the next 'visiting hours' but just for the record, you have earned the restrictions that bind you.

You need to understand, the rest of Georgia did not.

In November, I hope that enough Georgians go to the polls and shake off the ignorance that your people would have us all bear!!!