One day after Sarah Palin endorsed Karen Handel in the Republican race for governor, Nathan Deal has produced his own champion. From the Associated Press:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is throwing his support behind Republican Nathan Deal in the GOP primary for governor.
Gingrich on Tuesday called Deal “a solid conservative with a solid record.”
He made the remarks after a Georgia Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Atlanta. He arrived wearing a Deal lapel pin.
Gingrich served in the U.S. House with Deal and called the Republican from Gainesville “an old friend.”
Seven Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination in Georgia’s July 20 primary. Gingrich said he is “not against any candidate. I’m for Nathan Deal.”
Gingrich’s support comes the day after former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed Karen Handel, one of Deal’s rivals.
Gingrich had already cut a video spot for Deal, a former Democrat, vouching for his ex-colleague’s Republican credentials.