Setting the controls for March 2012, Politico jumped into the way-back machine to watch U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah -- who then wasn’t thinking about a Senate run -- express concern about civilian support missions for an overused National Guard. Argued Kingston during a House committee hearing:
“Surely in this budget time when the governor of Arkansas calls for some — the National Guard to come to his inauguration, I just think we’ve got to take a pass,” Kingston said. “The Boston Marathon, we got to take a pass. Out of all those deployments, we got to take a pass.”
On Tuesday, as Guardsmen still maintained a perimeter around a portion of downtown Boston, Kingston was showing more flexible on the topic:
“Any time you’re spending military resources, you want to ask the question of, what is the reason you’re putting the resources there? And if the Massachusetts governor determines he needs to do that, then that makes sense,” Kingston said in an interview.