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Does Jack Kingston oppose or favor impeaching Obama? It’s still not clear.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.). (John Bazemore/AP)

Last week, we canvassed the campaigns of the leading Republican candidates in a dozen battleground Senate races with a simple question: Do you think President Obama should be impeached?

Among those we asked: Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who faces a runoff against businessman David Perdue (R) next week. Kingston's campaign did not initially respond to our inquiry. But on Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution flagged a radio interview from a couple of weeks ago in which Kingston appeared to leave the door ajar.

"Not a day goes by when people don’t talk to us about impeachment," he said on the Aaron McCready Show. "I don’t know what rises to that level yet, but I know that there’s a mounting frustration that a lot of people are getting to and I think Congress is going to start looking at it very seriously."

McCready posed the question of whether a forthcoming lawsuit against Obama that House Republicans are pushing, claiming executive overreach, could be the first step toward impeachment.

"You know, it could go in that direction if there was a big discussion," Kingston responded. "I mean, I think it’s possible, it keeps getting worse and worse. It could go in that direction."

When pressed again Wednesday to clarify whether Kingston supports or opposes impeachment, Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford said in an e-mail the congressman is "committed to shutting down the Obama liberal agenda in the quickest way possible, and that’s retaking the U.S. Senate."

Okay. But yes or no?

Crawford did not immediately respond to a follow up question on that.

Perdue opposes impeachment, spokesman Derrick Dickey told Post Politics last week. "The best way to rein in the overreaching Obama administration is for Republicans to take back the Senate, and for Congress to restore the balance of power in our federal government," he said.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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