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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Handel endorses Kingston in GOP U.S. Senate runoff

Jack Kingston

Jack Kingston

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Karen Handel

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David Perdue

Karen Handel, the third-place finisher in this month’s U.S. Senate GOP primary contest, has formally cast her support to Congressman Jack Kingston in the July runoff.

Handel, the former secretary of state who was at the top of the seven-person field in Gwinnett, said she got to know Kingston and the other candidates well during the race.

“What I’ve seen in Jack is a man of integrity who is devoted to his family. A man who is fiercely dedicated to the conservative principles that are the foundation of the Republican Party. A man who has represented the people of the 1st Congressional District honorably and effectively for more than 20 years,” Handel said.

While it was the congressman’s strong showing in south Georgia that ultimately beat out Handel, who did much better in the metro Atlanta region, propelling Kingston into the runoff with businessman David Perdue, Handel said those results show an “outstanding job performance evaluation,” from those who he represents in Congress, with 74 percent of the vote from his constituents.

“Now, he wants to go to work for all of Georgia. And now, more than ever, we need a workhorse — not a show horse,” said Handel, who was slighted by Perdue during the campaign as “the high school graduate in the race.”

Kingston praised Handel, who also previously served as the Fulton commission chairwoman.

“Karen Handel overcame the obstacles to achieve the American Dream. She earned everything she has by never giving up, Kingston said. “While some belittle the path she has taken, I see a true American success story. …

“I am running for the U.S. Senate so future generations can pursue the American Dream that Karen has lived,” he added. “I am thrilled to have her endorsement and honored to have her friendship and her counsel in this race. Together we are going to take back the Senate and advance the fight for principled, conservative leadership.”

Tea party activist supports Kingston

Earlier this week, Kingston earned the endorsement of Gwinnettian Julianne Thompson, who co-chairs the Atlanta Tea Party.

Thompson supported Handel prior to the May 20 primary, and she said she took the past week to study the two remaining candidates in the race.

“As a conservative activist who has worked hard promoting the causes of limited government, free market capitalism, lower taxes, and a balanced budget it is important to me to back a candidate whom I know shares the same values. We do not need someone to be another member of the Senate Country Club,” Thompson said. “We need courage, … someone who is strong enough to fight for our principles in an atmosphere that is sometimes very difficult. We also need someone who is accessible and respects the fact that the people that elected him will hold him accountable. That is why I am supporting Jack Kingston for United States Senate. Jack doesn’t just talk the talk, he has walked the walk and is the only candidate who has been in the trenches fighting alongside fellow conservatives.”

Thompson said she believes Kingston can “not only beat Michelle Nunn, but will also continue to put the best interests of Georgians ahead of politics and personal gain.”

Regmi to meet voters in House race

Peachtree Corners residents can meet state House candidate Amreeta Regmi Thursday.

While Regmi is running as a Democrat for the House District 95 seat, against long-term incumbent Tom Rice, both Republican and Democratic friends and neighbors are hosting the event, a press release said.

The “Women for Amreeta” meet and greet will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at MacKenzie’s Restaurant and Tap Room, located at The Shops at Berkeley Lake at 4790 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Berkeley Lake.

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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