Legendary entertainer Pat Boone announced today that Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) has been named a "Guardian of Seniors' Rights' by the 60 Plus Association, a national non-partisan senior citizens group.
Boone, still performing at concerts, was a recording, movie and TV star second to none in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and had 38 top 10 hits during his career. Now a national spokesman for 60 Plus, Boone labeled Kingston a "fighter for the elderly."
"Jack Kingston can always be counted on to protect Social Security and Medicare," Boone said. "Jack Kingston has been a tax cutter, protecting the pocket books of senior citizens. 60 Plus calls on nearly 5.5 million seniors nationally for support, so I believe I can speak on behalf of seniors when I say that they can count on Jack Kingston. Clearly, seniors will have no finer friend in Congress than Jack Kingston."
The Association's Guardian Award is presented to Democrats and Republicans in Congress based on their "senior friendly" voting records. The Award is given to those running for office and is based on their views on issues of importance to seniors.
"I thank Pat and the 60 Plus Association for their recognition of my efforts on behalf of senior citizens in Georgia in across the country," said Kingston. "Seniors are some of the hardest hit by President Obama's health care bill with $500 million in cuts to Medicare and 1.2 million seniors set to lose their health care plan next year alone. I pledge to continue my efforts to repeal this misguided legislation and replace it with reforms that bring down the cost of care and expand access to quality health care without growing the size of government."
Earlier this year, Kingston hosted Boone while he was in Washington for a meeting with members of Congress from across the country. At the meeting, Boone spoke not only about his political convictions but regaled the group with stories of his career and his experiences in show business.