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Last week the mayor of tiny Ranger in Gordon County, Ga., said local resident and newly elected Congressman Tom Graves would put the town on the map.

But thanks to an additional "G" added by Rep. Jack Kingston during Mr. Graves' swearing-in ceremony Monday night, Ranger was left out and "Granger" got the attention.

"You may not know Granger, Ga., population 91," said Rep. Kingston, who mispronounced the name both times he used it in his address to the U.S. House of Representatives. "But it's a little bit down the road from Redbud, Georgia, which isn't incorporated, and not too far from Fairmount, Georgia. The three of them collectively are near nothing at all."

The list of cities on Georgia.gov does not list a Granger or Grainger, Ga. Then again, the list also overlooks Ranger.

That's nothing new, according to Ranger Mayor David Charity.

"I think it's hilarious," he said of the gaffe. "When you're a small town, you're just glad to be there."

Rep. Kingston, who represents a district around Savannah and Brunswick, said the comments were meant to honor Ranger and "were not in the script."

He said Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, was sitting on the front row during the address and that may subconsciously have tripped him up.

"I certainly know the name of the town, and I apologize to the good folks of Ranger," he said.


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