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Congressman's Children Tout His Cheapness

The children of Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., highlight their father's frugality in the Senate candidate's newest television spot. "Our dad is Jack Kingston," says his daughter Betsy in the ad, sitting on a couch with her three siblings — John, Ann and Jim — facing the camera. "He really is cheap, and it’s not just the car he drives." "We thought ‘Hand-Me-Down’ was the name of a department store," says Jim, then he and John display holes in the elbows of their shirts. www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjVi4HJHsIk The ad will air statewide starting Wednesday. The ad buy behind it is in the mid-six figures, according to a Kingston spokesman. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is retiring at the end of this term, creating a wide-open GOP primary to succeed him. Kingston is one of five Republicans vying for the nomination on May 20, along with businessman David Perdue, Rep. Paul Broun, Rep. Phil Gingrey, and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel. If no candidate receives a majority of support in the primary, the top two vote recipients will head to a July 22 runoff. That's very likely given the large field. On Tuesday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce began a large ad buy championing Kingston to help ensure he is one of the candidates in the runoff. The winner will face the likely Democratic nominee, Michelle Nunn. The race is rated Favored Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.