Campaign Trail: U.S. Senate hopeful stops in Newnan
by Celia Shortt
While in Newnan on Monday, U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston spent time with voters, including an old friend.
“I’ve known him for 50 years,” said Newnan resident and real estate agent John P. Thrasher. “Jack is just what we need in the U.S. Senate — a fiscal conservative.”
Thrasher and Kingston grew up together and did everything together from carpool, going to the YMCA, and attending all levels of school.
Kingston is a Republican and currently a U.S. House of Representatives member for Georgia’s First District. He also served in the Georgia State House from 1985-1992. As a fiscal conservative, one element of his campaign is cutting spending.
“For every dollar we spend, 42 cents is borrowed,” he said in a breakfast talk at the Redneck restaurant in downtown Newnan on Monday.
Other issues in his campaign are tax simplification, energy independence and work fair over welfare. The most prominent issue of his campaign, however, is fighting bureaucratic overreach.
“Bureaucratic overreach is stomping job creation,” he said.
Kingston said the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, is one element of that overreach — but not the only one. He believes limiting bureaucratic overreach can allow for more jobs to be created.
In regards to the ACA, Kingston feels it should be defunded and replaced it with a health care system which costs less and lets the doctor-patient relationship exist with limited bureaucratic involvement.
Kingston serves on the defense committee and is committed to the country’s military.
“I believe in a strong national defense,” he said. “(We) should spend money against bad guys. The NSA tracking phone calls is a waste of our resources. Their focus should be on terrorists, not you and me.”
Kingston is running for the seat held by current U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. In 2013, Chambliss announced he was retiring and not seeking a third term as senator. Other candidates for the open seat include: Art Gardner, David Perdue, Derrick Grayson, Eugene Chin Yu, Karen Handel, Paul Broun, and Phil Gingrey.