Jack Kingston: Sarah Palin should ‘butt out’ of state races

On the nationally syndicated “America’s Morning News” – an FM/AM talk show – U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston was drawn into a Wednesday morning discussion of Georgia’s Republican runoff for governor.

Would you have preferred that Sarah Palin butt out of it, Kingston was asked? “I wish she will,” Kingston said. But never mind the grammar – it was live radio. He continued:

“Because what’s she’s doing is dividing the Republican party at a time when we don’t need to be divided.

“Because in a case like this, really what people were saying – ‘Well, she’s endorsing Karen Handel because she’s a woman.’ [Palin] got up on stage on Monday and said, ‘I’m not doing it because she’s a woman – although she is a sister.’ You know — wink, wink.

“And I understand that. But what it does is, it makes Republicans say, well, maybe we do need to rethink Karen Han – I mean, Sarah Palin, as somebody who does shoot from the hip a little bit too much. Because I think Karen Handel is a very decent candidate, but she’s clearly the more moderate person in the race….”

Listen to the entire eight-minute clip here.

Kingston was a Deal supporter – after his first pick, Eric Johnson of Savannah, finished third.

The congressman’s comments were made before Handel’s concession, and before the curtain of healing was drawn over the Republican contest. Kingston did not mention Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Handel, nor Mike Huckabee’s backing of Nathan Deal.

But reader Clay Grant of Virginia-Highlands, not a Palin fan, sent in thoughts similar to those of Kingston, also as Wednesday began:

As of this morning moment, Deal is winning by 2,489 votes out of roughly 579,000 votes cast. There were 2,895 precincts.

So I’m wondering: Were there enough “anti-Sarah” votes made (like ours) to have probably given this primary to Deal over Handel?

Since that would require less than one anti-Sarah vote per precinct, I’m thinking the answer is probably “yes.”

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109 comments Add your comment

Fred

August 11th, 2010
2:43 pm

Jack Kingston hates JESUS too.

I hate him for that.

And also, Sarah can go wherever she wants – THIS IS STILL A FREE COUNTRY, for now at least.

DW

August 11th, 2010
2:50 pm

One of the concerns I had about this particular race was the number of out-of-state endorsements. Newt Gringrich hasn’t lived here for years. Sarah Palin has never lived here. Jan Brewer is a “one-issue” politician. Who are they to tell me as a GA resident who will best make sure my teacher wife’s furlough days will end next year or that my son will continue to receive a quality education? Answer-they can’t!

CrazyInGA

August 11th, 2010
2:55 pm

I agree with him 100%; they all need to but out of state politics. If you don’t reside in Georgia, please BUTT OUT!

icanseerussia

August 11th, 2010
2:57 pm

Why national conservative political activists would step into a conservative run-off is beyond me. I can see endorsements in the general election along party lines, but these run-off endorsements were a bit odd.

Legend of Len Barker

August 11th, 2010
2:58 pm

Handel holds very right wing views, but not as extreme as Deal? Means she’s a moderate, a pretender, unworthy.

And that’s scary.

I don’t know why Kingston complains about Palin. She knows as much about Georgia as he does (which is nothing). He clearly has no understanding of the financial makeup and needs of his own district. He keeps selling the hard line that may fit some areas of the state and country, but doesn’t fit his.

Bye Bye Karen

August 11th, 2010
2:58 pm

What a glorious day in Georgia. The two idiot mama grizzlies went down in flames in the state that I love. Now I don’t have to live in the disgust of having Karen Handel as governor for the next four years.

Pardon me while I gloat.

Rick Patel

August 11th, 2010
3:01 pm

Yeah, as if the buffoon Kingston never “shoots from the hip a little bit too much” I “wish he will” butt out of politics, and stop making Georgia look like Dogpatch.

WeallLose

August 11th, 2010
3:04 pm

I wish we could get ONE decent person into one office. They are all bad for us. Deal helped put us in the mess we are in and Handel might have been the lesser of two evils, but she’s not qualified. Roy has proven he is an incapable governor, but Sonny squandered two terms on partisan payback. Now we’re stuck with the lesser of two lawyers.

Bob

August 11th, 2010
3:13 pm

Stuck pigs squeal.

ChuckB

August 11th, 2010
3:14 pm

I totally agree with Jack Kingston. Sarah was not needed in this race but would have been more than welcome to campaign for the Primary winner against the Democrat nominee.

If there is anyone who don’t think (wink, wink) that she was supporting the “sister” because of her plumbing then I’d like to have some of what you’re smoking.

Sarah lost a fan, a supporter, and a financial backer with her meddling in our Primaries.

Jen

August 11th, 2010
3:15 pm

Sarah Palin is a opportunist and a coward. This women has no class, no education and is nothing but a divider. Please, make her go away. Palin is trolling for $$$$$$$$$$$$ nothing else. McCain you are a jerk!

Bye Bye Karen

August 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

McCain definitely created a monster, and he knows it. He ruined his whole legacy because of that one idiotic and ruinous nomination.

ATL

August 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

who’s raising Sarah kid’s. she’s never at home.

Uncle Jessie

August 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

Ya’ll should learn something hyar in Hazzard county from this, politics is all bout down home issues and connections. Folks listen to good ole boys and gals what they knows, that why when Daisy and Bo and Luke got wit Nathan it had a lot better result than Sarah and Newt and them folks what aint livin close to nobody round the Gnat Line.

Newt

August 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

Come on Obama; I dare you to campaign for Barnes in Georgia !

Red

August 11th, 2010
3:23 pm

I’m curious as to why Kingston only picked Palin. If it were truly about outside influences why not tell ALL outsiders to take a hike? Strange he did not go off on Newt, Mitt, Huck, and all the others. Newt is not “one of us”. He’s been living in metro DC for a decade now. If Kingston has a problem with outsiders he needs to call all of them out. This seems more like a personal gripe rather than a principled one and shows pettiness and childish behavior. I doubt any of the outside endorsers really care what Kingston says. And I’m willing to bet if his butt was on the line and he needed something to carry him over the top, he’d be on the phone right quick. Coming from someone who wanted to be in this race, he has some serious personal issues to work out.

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

Len-
” He clearly has no understanding of the financial makeup and needs of his own district.”

It seems to me in order for you to come to your conclusion you must know the districts financial makeup and needs. I’m sure the blog would welcome you expertise. Please share with us Len.

Kay

August 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

Newt

Why would Obama come down here and campaign for Barnes, since Barnes already has the support of True Democrats. I would not him to come to this Red Neck State and have to deal with the likes of you.

Forget something?

August 11th, 2010
3:26 pm

Did they forget Mitt’s endorsement? And as far as endorsing the moderate, did Jackie Boy forget Newt’s classic endorsement of the moderate in the NY congressional race over the conservative who had to run as a third party candidate?? Bad call Jackie Boy….short term memory loss kicking in for others as well.

khc

August 11th, 2010
3:28 pm

Palin is hardly more than a carny

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
3:28 pm

Jen- Your post could have just as easily been describing Bill Clinton and his involvement in the senate race in Colo. I’m sure you are as angry with Brother Bill. Al Gore you are a jerk!

Legend of Len Barker

August 11th, 2010
3:36 pm

I’m from Kingston’s district. The district is the poorest in the state, yet Kingston is worried about annual unearned income over $200,000. Only four counties of 25 aren’t in the bottom half of Georgia’s counties in per capita income. Three are in the bottom 10, including #1 (Wheeler) and #2 (Telfair).

And though the lawsuit was ultimately dropped, several counties in the district also sued the DOE for lack of school funds a few years ago. Kingston did not and has not fought for anything in that department, either.

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
3:43 pm

Len- I haven’t researched this but I would bet Sanford Bishop’s district is poorer than Kingston”s.

Why shouldn’t he be worried about unearned income over 200k, most members of Congress can work on many things at the same time.

The lawsuit you mention was not against the federal DOE it was a suit against the state DOE. Hence a state matter not a federal matter. Kingston shouldn’t have involved in it.

You need to do better Len before you slam someone without enough facts.

candide

August 11th, 2010
3:46 pm

Jack Kingston, with boyish appeal, is actually an SOB.

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
3:48 pm

Candide-

I’m sure Kingston would appreciate you saying that to is face instead of some blog. You are so brave.

bart

August 11th, 2010
3:51 pm

Of course, Kingston did not mention Huckabee and Gingrich (who has not lived in GA for many years) because they supported his guy, Nathan Deak, the crook. Kingston is a hypocrite. And by the way, what has he ever done for his constituents, who are among the poorest in the state?

Fake Conservative

August 11th, 2010
3:52 pm

Thank you Sarah Palin for your comments but please leave the state of Georgia. If you don’t live here then stay out. People should be more concerned with the views of candidates than who endorses them. Newt Gingrich and his family values tour whihc has been derailed twice by his cheating ways and Palin, well she Palin and should probably stop talking right baout now.

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
3:53 pm

Bart-

What has Hank Johnson done for his constituents besides try to sink Guam?

Billy Joe Poteet

August 11th, 2010
3:56 pm

@Retired Soldier

“Len- I haven’t researched this but I would bet Sanford Bishop’s district is poorer than Kingston”s. ”

I would have to agree with you. I live in Bishop’s district (unfortunately).

Bye Bye Karen

August 11th, 2010
3:58 pm

I think the distinction that must be made is that Sarah Palin is the loudest and most celebrated political figure in America today, besides the President. She is known as a divisive figure. She issued this endorsement not on behalf of Handel, but on behalf of herself, and anyone with half a brain knows it. She didn’t even know Handel. She took a gamble in the hopes that the candidate that she “bet” on would be the candidate that won, thus increasing her visibility and momentum as she eyes whatever goal it is that she is working toward, most likely money. Romney is also simply looking to stay in the national political conversation, to keep his opportunities for 2012 open.

Huckabee didn’t give an endorsement until AFTER Palin did, most likely out of necessity. He doesn’t stick his nose in everyone’s business like Palin does, and even more importantly, both he and Gingrich actually KNOW Nathan Deal.

Two totally different situations.

Roy Barnes

August 11th, 2010
3:58 pm

Raises for school teachers?

Look at the morons and halfwits these public schools in Georgia “graduate” into the real world ! Thank God for
Mississippi and South Carolina !

They should get raises for producing legions of future Democrats and government-dependents that will keep egomaniacs like myself and Obama in power.

Liberal/Conservative

August 11th, 2010
3:58 pm

It’s Obama’s fault.

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
4:04 pm

Billy Joe-

I guess members of Congress are responsible the the economic welfare of their district. All that and make the nation’s laws, busy people.

Food For Thought

August 11th, 2010
4:05 pm

Jack Kingston needs to sit down and drink a cup of STFU…….just sayin’. Good way to ensure that you lose votes by inserting your foot in your mouth.

bart

August 11th, 2010
4:09 pm

Well, retired soldier, I don’t know about Johnson’s district, but I do know about Kingston’s. I am originally from Pierce County, and still have relatives there, so I know what Kingston has NOT done for his constituents.

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
4:13 pm

Bart-

OK I’ll bite. Tell us what Kingston should have done for his district that he hasn’t done. I will be happy to pass this on to him when I see him. Please be specific because I’m sure he’ll want to get on it quickly.

DannyX

August 11th, 2010
4:15 pm

” I live in Bishop’s district (unfortunately).”

All they ever do down there is sponge off of Metro Atlanta’s tax dollars like they have an entitlement. It makes me sick that such a welfare mentality exists in parts of Georgia. Whats worse is when one of the hicks says something stupid like “I don’t want my tax dollars going to help MARTA,” at the same time their hand is out for another Metro Atlanta handout. Don’t mess with their 35% claim on Metro Atlanta generated tax dollars. Nope, they have an entitlement.

JL

August 11th, 2010
4:20 pm

If Mama Grizzly offered to campaign for Deal, he’d welcome her with open arms. Don’t fool yourself.

Hopefully we can get down to issues. While Sonny was Governor, it appeared that every time a company was deciding to relocate to either Atlanta or Charlotte, Charlotte won. We have ignored education and transportation. Sure offer companies that move here tax breaks, but they still won’t move here until we address education and transportation.

khc

August 11th, 2010
4:26 pm

and eric johnson stayed on sideline in the name of party unity when the truth was it was too close to call

khc

August 11th, 2010
4:28 pm

dannyx i agree our rural cousins think they pay more in taxes and it goes to atlanta, when the reverse is true

Willis

August 11th, 2010
4:29 pm

The thing that Kingston does best is sop up the money from his PAC and the taxpayers yet does virtually NOTHING to help the people of his district.

Everyone should review his financial disclosure filing (http://pfds.opensecrets.org/N00002656_2009.pdf)
to see where his interests lie, and they are not with the people of his district.

khc

August 11th, 2010
4:29 pm

i should have added with one notable exception…that the capitol happens to be in atlanta

kkong

August 11th, 2010
4:33 pm

We can never forgive McCain for thrusting this Sarah bitch upon us!

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
4:34 pm

Willis-

Just like with Bart I’ll bite. Please inform the blog with what Kingston is not doing for the people in his district? This will be interesting since they continue to re-elect Kingston overwhelming. Tell us Willis.

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
4:36 pm

Another blog warrior, Kong you are mighty you foul mouth person of little worth. Gee, I can be ugly too.

No diploma on her wall

August 11th, 2010
4:36 pm

The Republicans created and glorified Sarah Palin. Now they have to deal with her frightening popularity.

"King"ston.

August 11th, 2010
4:37 pm

Nothing a good ol’ boy Georgia politician hates more than a woman who doesn’t know her place. No wait, they hate minorities who don’t know their place more, then come women. No that’s not right either. They hate gays most, then minorities, then women. Oops, sorry, it’s gays, illegals, minorities, and then women. Yeah that’s the order, right Congressman?

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
4:39 pm

The democrats created and glorified Nancy Pelosi. Now they have to deal with her frightening inpopularity.

Retired Soldier

August 11th, 2010
4:41 pm

“King”ston-

Please don’t talk about Roy Barnes that way. Shame on you.

Independently yours

August 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

Three ways to help get rid of Sarah Palin: 1) don’t pay to hear her speak; 2) don’t buy her books; and 3) don’t read any internet article that mentions her.