SAVANNAH — Prowling his home turf, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston came out swinging Saturday night against his Republican primary foes for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat.
It often amounted to a defense of Kingston’s two-decade record in Congress, which has provided plenty of fodder for his foes. But it started with a subtle dig at the newly crowned front-runner in the race, businessman David Perdue.
The seven GOP candidates met at the Savannah Arts Academy after a trio of polls showed Perdue, the cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, leading the field.
David Perdue has been blanketing the Atlanta area with television advertisements paid for in part by his personal wealth, depicting his foes as crying babies. Kingston also has been airing biographical ads in Atlanta, and has been coming in second in recent polls.
Kingston, of Savannah, opened by reminding his constituents of his career and added “no gate separates your house from my house.” Perdue lives in a gated community on Sea Island.
The questions mostly addressed concerns for coastal Georgia, including pending military cuts, flood insurance reform and the deepening of the Savannah harbor.