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Georgia Congressman No Fan of Palin Endorsements


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NYTimes The Caucus:

t seems fair to say that Representative Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican, didn’t appreciate that Sarah Palin inserted herself into the G.O.P.’s gubernatorial primary in his state.

Mr. Kingston said on a radio show on Wednesday that Karen Handel, Ms. Palin’s choice for governor in Georgia, was the most moderate Republican in the race — and signaled that he hoped the former Alaska governor holds her fire in other G.O.P. primaries.

“Why Sarah Palin decided to get in the race is beyond me,” Mr. Kingston told “America’s Morning News.” “I don’t know why she feels compelled to get into primaries all over the country. But, you know, fortunately Georgia voters are doing their own thinking on things like this.”

(Later asked if he wished Ms. Palin would “just kind of butt out of it,” the congressman said: “I wish she will, because what she is doing is dividing the Republican Party at a time when we don’t need to be divided.”)

For his part, Mr. Kingston backed Nathan Deal, a former congressman and his old House colleague, in Tuesday’s gubernatorial runoff in Georgia. Mr. Deal captured the Republican nomination by a razor-thin margin, with Ms. Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, conceding on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Kingston, by the way, did not criticize former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who endorsed Ms. Handel, or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who backed Mr. Deal, for injecting themselves into the gubernatorial primary.

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The last paragraph shows some balance. Unusual for the Times.
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