Jack Kingston becomes a D.C. lobbyist for the Syrian opposition

Kingston said in an interview Thursday that the work hasn't begun yet but he plans to educate members of Congress and the executive branch about the Committee's work in Syria, as opposed to lobbying for a specific piece of legislation.

“There’s definitely a vacuum there I believe that the High commission can be helpful with," he said.

Kingston said he hasn't discussed his new work with the Syrian opposition with the Trump campaign but that he would be happy to share information if they ask.

“It’s important for either candidate to have people who are familiar with the ground situation in Syria and so I believe my knowledge could be helpful if (Trump) wants to draw upon it," said Kingston.

This isn’t Kingston’s first lobbying gig since joining the firm Squire Patton Boggs shortly after he left Congress in early 2015. He lobbied ex-colleagues about a rum tax on behalf of a Puerto Rican conservation group earlier this year.

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We asked the Dunwoody Republican if he intended to organize a boycott against the ACC events, and he said that's not where he was going with his blast.

"I just don't like taking advantage of someone that did the right thing in the eyes of most people," he said. "People can do what they want, but I won't be there."

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Democratic state Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna said she was eyeing the race, and Republican state Sen. Josh McKoon does not seem cowed at the prospect of running against an incumbent. But here's a bit of a surprise: Outgoing state Rep. B.J. Pak, a former federal prosecutor and Gwinnett County Republican, could still be in the hunt as well.

Pak, who would be Georgia's first Asian statewide elected official, once worked at the Alston & Bird law firm with Carr and the two remain friends. He calls Carr a "good man and a dedicated public servant." But he said he has not ruled out a run for the post.

"As our governor has always done throughout his tenure, I know that his decision will be well reasoned and in the best interest of the state," Pak said.

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Woods' neutrality is just another sign of the surprising wariness that Deal’s initiative has drawn from the conservative side of the ledger.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...
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