Appearing on “America’s Morning News” with John McCaslin and Amy Holmes, Georgia Republican Rep. Jack Kingston urged Sarah Palin to stay clear of endorsing candidates in the primaries. “What she’s doing is dividing the Republican Party at a time when we don’t need to be divided.”
Kingston’s objected to Palin’s decision to endorse Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel in that state’s GOP governor’s race. “Why Sarah Palin decided to get in the race is beyond me. I don’t know why she feels compelled to get into primaries all over the country, but fortunately Georgia voters are doing their own thinking on things like this.”
He continued: “Karen Handel is a very decent candidate, but she’s clearly the more moderate person in the race.” Asked by the talk-show hosts if Palin should just butt out of primaries in general, Kingston replied, “I wish she will.”
“Everyone in the [Georgia gubernatorial] race was solidly conservative, and Sarah Palin comes in and endorsed the moderate,” Kingston said. To some, Handel is perceived insufficiently conservative on social issues involving abortion and child adoption by gay couples.
Handel and Rep. Nathan Deal are in a recount*, following Tuesday’s primary vote, as Deal’s lead over Handel is less than 1%. The entire audio of Kingston’s appearance on Talk Radio Network’s “America’s Morning News” can be listened to here:
*Update: Karen Handel has conceded. Nathan Deal — who had Kingston’s support — is now the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate in Georgia.