RedState Supports Jack Kingston for Conference Chairman
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As tempting as it might be to just write "Anybody but Putnam," we will go one better and say we support Congressman Jack Kingston.
It is a difficult choice to make between Congressman Kingston and Congresswoman Blackburn. Both have been great friends of RedState. And we by no means want to slight Mrs. Blackburn, who we hope will become Vice Chairman of the Conference. She and Congressman Kingston would make a great team.
Jack Kingston was first elected to Congress in 1992 as an acolyte of Newt Gingrich. Ever since then, even in leadership, he has been a force for conservative ideas. This past year, sensing the Republicans needed an agenda beyond just "the other guys are worse," Kingston sought to provide just that, though the agenda fell on deaf ears.
We are concerned that Congressman Kingston tends to hedge on the question of earmarks. He is, after all, an appropriator, though one who was punished by the Appropriations Chairman for backing spending cuts. He did vote for the medicare bill, which was a disappointment. Nonetheless, Jack Kingston is a good communicator willing to reach the base however he can, even when it means bypassing traditional media -- a primary task in the position of Conference Chair. While in the majority Congressman Kingston tempered his conservatism with his leadership position, but his core values have always been conservative and he has not lost sight of Ronald Reagan's core message of optimism and limited government.
RedState believes we need overall change at the top of the House Republican Leadership and Jack Kingston is a good fit, though we'll be watching to see if he continues to hedge on earmarks and the substantive reforms we think are needed. He connects the establishment to the base well and would be an experienced hand available to help Congressmen Pence and Shadegg. On March 10, 2004, Congressmen Pence, Tancredo, and others praised Kingston for cancelling hearings on the Legislative Branch appropriations bill, writing "Your actions demonstrate the type of leadership we need at a time like this."
For these reasons, RedState thinks we need Congressman Kingston's type of leadership at a time like this. We support Jack Kingston for House Republican Conference Chairman and we encourage our readers to call their Republican representatives and ask for their support on his behalf.