Prominent Johnson backer calls on conservatives to rally behind candidate
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, today announced his endorsement of Nathan Deal for Governor.
"I encourage conservative Republicans in Southeast Georgia to join me in rallying behind Nathan Deal to be Georgia's next governor. For those who supported Eric Johnson, Nathan is the natural fit for the Aug. 10 runoff.
"As a member of Congress, Nathan earned a perfect score from the American Conservative Union which speaks volumes for his conservative record.
"On immigration, he introduced legislation and led the fight to end birthright citizenship. His citizenship verification law slashed Medicaid fraud, cutting Georgia's Medicaid rolls by 160,000 and saving our state millions.
"To fight higher taxes, he joined me in voting for the biggest tax cut in our nation's history, and I know he'll do the same in Georgia. According to the Tax Foundation, his plan for prosperity would boost Georgia's business climate from 29th to 16th.
"Nathan has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Georgia Right to Life and Newt Gingrich.
"I know Nathan is ready to hit the ground running and to tackle the challenges facing our state in the coming years. That's why I'm wholeheartedly endorsing him and why I hope Georgians across our state will join me in doing the same."
Deal thanked his longtime colleague for his support.
"No one knows you better than your family, and the people who work with you," Deal said. "I've worked with Jack Kingston for many years on behalf of Georgians. I was proud to join him in working to deepen the Port of Savannah, which is a vital project for our state's economic prosperity. Jack is a great representative for Southeast Georgia, and I look forward to working with him as governor of Georgia."