Lynn Westmoreland endorses Jack Kingston as delegation circles wagons

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is the first non-candidate in Georgia's Republican House delegation to weigh in on the Senate primary with an endorsement of Rep. Jack Kingston today.

Expect the "G-9," as they are known, to quickly rally around one of their own. All had been neutral in the primary out of respect for Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, though the wives of Reps. Austin Scott and Tom Price had endorsed Karen Handel.

Here's what Westmoreland and Kingston had to say via press release:

"His honesty and dedication to serving Georgians can¹t be matched. Jack has been committed to the best interests of Georgia, particularly the Savannah port expansion, and has experience serving our state¹s military, veterans, and farmers. His record reflects his fiscally conservative values and commitment to getting America back on sound financial ground.

 "I am proud to offer my support to Jack for the US Senate and know he is the best candidate to serve the great state of Georgia in Washington," he concluded.

Accepting the endorsement, Kingston pledged to continue working with Westmoreland to encourage to shrink government, encourage private sector job creation, and bolster national security.

"Lynn Westmoreland is a strong leader for Georgia and I am proud to have his endorsement," Kingston said. "Bringing real world business experience, he has shown an ability to get things done in both the General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. I look forward to continuing our fight for limited government, private sector job creation, and a strong national defense."