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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Jack Kingston cleans up at campaign event

Weeks after making national news for controversial comments over the possibility of kids sweeping floors to earn free school lunches, Congressman Jack Kingston, a candidate for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat, was spotted vaccuuming the floor after a campaign event.

Weeks after making national news for controversial comments over the possibility of kids sweeping floors to earn free school lunches, Congressman Jack Kingston, a candidate for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat, was spotted vaccuuming the floor after a campaign event.

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Rebecca DeHart

More than 200 people crammed into U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s new Georgia Senate campaign headquarters this past weekend in Gwinnett.

At the Duluth-area event, the Savannah congressman meeting with volunteers and discussing his American Renewal Initiative, as campaigning is kicked into overdrive in the race to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

But one campaign volunteer said it was what happened after the crowd cleared away that drove home why he is supporting Kingston in the race: the long-term politician joined in with cleaning up, vaccuuming the new Satellite Boulevard office.

“With all the jokes about poor kids sweeping the floor, it was nice to see him getting that done,” Lawrenceville volunteer Jon Richards said, referring to controversial comments that brought national attention to the campaign. At an event, Kingston offered up the possibility of kids working to earn their free school lunch to teach responsibility.

New Democratic Party director

The Democratic Party of Georgia announced a new leader Wednesday.

Chairman DuBose Porter said the party hired Rebecca Bukant DeHart as its new executive director.

“We are so pleased to have found the right person for this position. Rebecca brings years of local, state and national political experience, a passion for her work and a real commitment to Democratic ideals,” Porter said in a press release.

DeHart has worked with the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and as executive director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. She has also managed local and statewide campaigns and is a creator of award-winning political direct mail programs for Democratic candidates across the nation.

“It is an exciting time to be a Democrat in Georgia and I’m honored to accept this position,” DeHart said. “Georgia is receiving national attention as we have an incredible slate of Democratic candidates this year and an electorate that is tired of the same Republican politicians politicizing our private lives, obstructing our access to health care and chipping away at our kids’ chance to receive a good public education or from receiving a comprehensive HOPE scholarship. We have a unique opportunity to continue to build up our party and our state infrastructure so that we will be more than just competitive come November, we will be victorious.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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