Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Jack Kingston (R), who was first elected in 1992. On May 2, 2013, Kingston announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who will be retiring at the end of this term.
Georgia's 1st Congressional District comprises the entire coastal area of Sea Islands and much of the rural southeastern part of the state. In addition to Savannah, the district includes a few modest-sized cities such as Brunswick, Valdosta, Douglas and Waycross.
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.Jack Kingston voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Jack Kingston voted against HR 2775.
Buddy Carter's first ad of the campaign, "Buddy's Pursuit."
Bob Johnson's first ad of the campaign, "Oath."
John McCallum's first ad of the campaign, "Saving."
McCallum's April 2014, that featured his wife, "Possible."
In the ad, Carter said, “As a pharmacist practicing for over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of changes in health care, and I still maintain we have the greatest health care system in the world. But Obamacare’s a train wreck, and it has to go. In Congress, I’ll continue my pursuit to get rid of it.”
Dr. Bob Johnson, a practicing Savannah surgeon, medical missionary and former Army Ranger, released his first TV ad on April 4, 2014.
The ad,“Oath,” featured Johnson talking about his life as an Army Ranger, physician, and emphasized his opposition to President Obama. In the ad, he said, “As a Christian conservative I swear this oath to you, I’ll fight every day to stop Obama’s liberal assault on our values…And I’ll never back down.”
John McCallum launched an anti-Obamacare television ad on April 15, 2014. In the ad, McCallum said, “As a result of Obamacare, millions of Americans have seen their policies cancelled, premiums increase, and choices disappear. This big government boondoggle is Washington’s latest attempt to apply a one-size-fits-all solution to every challenge facing America … At the end of the day, Obamacare has got to go.”
On April 17, 2014, McCallum's wife, Heather McCallum, was featured in the ad. Heather McCallum was the first deaf Miss America.
In the ad she said, “My husband John is running for Congress, because the dreams of our children are threatened by Washington. Take it from me — no one will work harder to protect the American Dream.”
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