GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kingston visits Orange

  • John Kingston speaks to Orange Republican Town Committee, Saturday. contributed photo

Recorder Staff
Thursday, March 01, 2018

ORANGE — For the past few decades most Franklin County municipalities have been easy grabs for Democrats.

Orange, however, voted for Republican Scott Brown over Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012 U.S. Senate race — the only town in the county to do so. Six years later, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kingston visited the town Saturday to make his pitch.

“It’s in my DNA to bring people together,” Kingston said.

His meeting with the Orange Republican Town Committee drew around 30 people, and gave him a chance to give his stump speech in his bid to win the Republican candidacy and unseat Warren.

Orange has voted for Republicans in two out of the last three U.S. Senate races, and was the only municipality in Franklin County to vote for Donald Trump in 2016.

“I have a lifetime of service of reaching to bring people together across divides of race, ethnicity, politics and ideology,” Kingston said.

Kingston, an attorney and investor, is the founder and president of Better for America, a nonprofit organization founded during the 2016 presidential race.

Better for America sought to gain ballot access for an independent candidate nationwide, given the historic unpopularity of Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Kingston is generally a fiscal conservative, and he aligns mostly with the right when it comes to foreign policy and education. With the environment, he favors expanding “green” technologies and reducing human impact on the climate.

On immigration he holds a rather middle-of-the-road view, according to his website, which touts both “enforc(ing) laws” and accepting those raised in the country, regardless of status, as “fellow Americans.”

“The leader of the pack is, of course, Sen. Warren,” Kingston said.

According to Jessica Roey, Kingston’s press secretary, Kingston has about $3 million for the campaign.

Kingston’s stump speech gives three reasons he believes he is best-equipped to defeat Warren: resources/money, campaign team and message.

Although Warren has about $16 million to back her re-election efforts, Kingston’s $3 million is a good sign, Roey said, considering he is not as well known as a national political figure like Warren.

According to Roey, his campaign team’s passion for him as a candidate will also be crucial in the race.

“We really all believe in his message,” Roey said, adding Kingston’s stop in Orange was one of many across the state in February.

“I hope the message resonated with the people of Orange,” Kingston said. “He’s been really working hard to reach every corner of Massachusetts.”