‘I’ll see your Sarah Palin and raise you a Newt Gingrich’

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.

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July 13th, 2010
2:30 pm

Nice to see the good old boys sticking together. Is this new? They have had a video from Newt up on their website for weeks.


July 13th, 2010
2:36 pm

Newt also endorsed Dede Scozzafava of NY 23, who when it was obvious was going to lose, endorsed the democrat in that race.

His opinions have proven to be out of touch in recent memory, and it very well may be time for him to go away.

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Legend of Len Barker

July 13th, 2010
2:45 pm

This is great. Two candidates fighting each other over endorsements from sketchy individuals. What do you say, Eric Johnson? Oxendine? Surely, someone has a letter or recommendation from Dick Cheney. Or at least G. Gordon Liddy.

Ga Values

July 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

Deal will say anything to get elected, just remember along with Maxine Waters & Jesse Jackson, Jr. he was selected as 1 of the 15 most corrupt in Washington and that is really saying something about his character.

**Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)**
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)


July 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

Palin and Gingrich are setting themselves up for a 2012 Presidential Nominee showdown. This will only get interesting…. to see who Deal, Handel, Oxendine and Johnson endorse during 2012.


July 13th, 2010
3:04 pm

If I cared about endorsements, I might put a bit more stock in Newt’s. At least he knows something about the state of Georgia.

Tom Watson

July 13th, 2010
3:05 pm

I’ll take Palin over Gingrich, a speaker who had to leave office because of his failed leadership, any day. That Gingrich would support the second most ethically corrupt person in the governor’s race after the OX, says a lot more about him, than Corruption DC Deal.


July 13th, 2010
3:05 pm

Got to love Newt’s family values.. how many wives, how many lovers? Like Deal’s buddy Clinton Newt can’t keep his zipper up.


July 13th, 2010
3:06 pm

The thing is, all these Republicans are promising lower taxes in the statewide races, yet they’ve had total control for eight or more years and haven’t lowered taxes. Does anyone really believe they’re sincere.
Lord, why did you give Georgia all the DUMB Republicans? These guys make Lester Maddox look good.

Paddy O

July 13th, 2010
3:25 pm

dumb and do-nothing.

Conservative Thinker

July 13th, 2010
3:33 pm

Deal’s buddy Clinton? That’s new, don’t you mean Barnes’ buddy John Edwards?

Junior Samples

July 13th, 2010
3:35 pm

So Tom,

You’d back a quitter instead of someone who at least tried?


July 13th, 2010
3:54 pm

Too many ethical and moral failings for me: Newt is like McCain gone haywire. Republicans will not get my vote until they purge the old guard. Partisanship needs to be set aside. Candidates that are for America FIRST, not just for their party, are needed on both sides of the aisle.


July 13th, 2010
4:11 pm

it’s not about who endorses who. it’s about who knows the issues and who has introduced a workable plan for the state of georgia. at least when asked a question deal will give a direct answer and not go around the world and never give a good answer. he’s served twelve years in the ga. house and twelve years in congress, knows the issues, has a plan and some answers and has done a good job ignoring silly charges about his own business ventures. not a one running wouldn’t have enjoyed having a sucsessful sideline business and are only jealous. let’s quite throwing mud and talk about what is reall important…who can beat roy barnes…rasmussen poll still contend only nathan deal has a chance against second chance roy…and listen to republican voters…they’re saying if deal fails to get the nomination they will be forced to stay home in november or vote roy barnes.

Georgian First, Party second

July 13th, 2010
4:14 pm

Nathan Deal will never be able to represent all Georgians. Since he is a party switcher, he is always having to bend the extreme wing of his party to constantly “prove” he is not an Independent or Democrat. Plus, he clearly has some sort of demons he is dealing with in regards to his sexuality. Anybody who is that obsessed with being anti-gay almost always has these issues. I sincerely hope that for the sake of his family that he gets some psychological help after he loses the election.

Conservative Thinker

July 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

Are you saying democrats aren’t partisan? Have you listened to Obama, Pelosi or Reid lately? Even Barnes’ latest TV ad is a hit job. Come on friend, get in the real world.

Big Jim

July 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

Didn’t Newton Gingrich serve divorce papers to his first
wife, while she was on her death bed!? Wasn’t he with
his new girlfriend while he did this?

I remember this story when I lived in ATL.

Knowing how you dysfunctional republicans are,you’ll
probably elect him on the platform of family values.

Palin will have the neccessary experience and courage to
lead the nation. Killing defenseless animals doesn’t make
ready to lead. Being ready to lead makes you ready to lead!!

It’s still too many near death republicans still in the mix,new
blood doesn’t work when there’s so much ole boy ways alive
in GA and SC!


July 13th, 2010
4:19 pm

palin is an idiot….needs tons of consultants now to keep her from saying stupid things…she gets the woman vote, but i’ve worked with many professional women who would be better candidates…..where are they your count

Pelican Brief

July 13th, 2010
4:25 pm

Newt 2012…CrazyInGA its not going to be much of a showdown. Palin doesnt appears as conservative as one might think. Is Palin really what the Republicans needs as a front runner???

Stop and smell the roses

July 13th, 2010
4:25 pm

Big Jim

Didn’t Newton Gingrich serve divorce papers to his first
wife, while she was on her death bed!?

Answer….No because his first wife is very much alive and kicking to this day. Please learn your facts before tearing apart the one person that might actually have a chance of fixing the damage that O-blama is doing. When this is over, america will need a work horse that is hard and will stand america back up. Thats if we have a america to stand back up.

David S

July 13th, 2010
4:26 pm

And what exactly would Gingrich know about conservativism?

I am already voting for John Monds, but good to have even more reasons to avoid this guy.


July 13th, 2010
4:26 pm

Newt is just another Republican bigot, his endorsement is not worth used toilet paper.


July 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

Not even Newt’s endorsement could make me think any less of Deal–it’s just two crooks sticking together. But in Handel I thought there might be some hope for at least one Republican candidate who wasn’t a whack job, but Palin’s endorsement crushes that hope.


July 13th, 2010
4:36 pm

I’m no Palin fan but let’s not forget who can’t make a coherent speech without teleprompters.

Democrats for DEAL

July 13th, 2010
4:39 pm

With Gingrich’s family values I would have thought he would endorse McBerry. After all they both have had affairs with their students.

Big Jim

July 13th, 2010
4:44 pm

Rosey, when you’re so sick that people think you may die,
it’s referred to as “on your death bed”, or “at deaths’ door”.

Gingrich has been married three times. He first married Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old and she was 26. They had two daughters. Gingrich left Battley in the spring of 1980. According to Battley, Gingrich visited her later that year while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery to discuss the details of their divorce. Six months after it was final, Gingrich wed Marianne Ginther in 1981.

Gingrich began an affair with Callista Bisek, who is 23 years his junior, in the mid nineties, which continued during the Congressional investigation of Bill Clinton and the Lewinsky scandal. In 2000, Gingrich married Bisek shortly after his divorce with second wife Ginther was finalized. He and Callista currently live in McLean, Virginia.

A Baptist since graduate school, Gingrich converted to Catholicism, his wife’s faith, on March 29, 2009.

Recovering from cancer,she sounded HEALTHY to me. Why not wait until she’s
left the hospital?

If Leroy was such workhouse, why did he quit in 1998? He’s a joke and so are you!


July 13th, 2010
4:44 pm

Ole Newt’s a hoot isn’t he!!

This ole boy thinks he somehow will win over the Christian right wing base of the republican party even though he is a Bill Clinton clone when it comes to adultery.

A failed Speaker of the House who almost single handly returned the House to democrat control, who served his first wife divorce papers in the cancer ward of her hospital and served someone else than his second wife with something else!!!

You go Newt!


July 13th, 2010
4:49 pm

Do Karen Handel campaign staffers do anything but post on blogs all day? Seems like they are here every time I look.

Newt’s endorsement may sway me to vote for Deal next week. Handel’s endorsement from Palen makes me much less likely to vote for her… looks like it might be Deal for me although to be honest I do not really care for any of the candidates.

Tony Catch

July 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

It’s Palin with an “I” you dope


July 13th, 2010
4:56 pm

Palen Palin who cards she’s a complete moron…

Failiy values for DEAL

July 13th, 2010
4:57 pm

Gingrich is the guy who was cheating on his second wife with his then-mistress-and-congressional-aide/now-third-wife, at the same time as he was leading the Clinton impeachment hearings.

Thems some good ol conservative family values!


July 13th, 2010
5:06 pm

“Palin is a moron”……I love it. She’s running around making millions, influencing elections, and folks here are sitting behind a computer screen typing “shes a moron”. Meanwhile, shes laughing all the way to wealth, fame, and influence, and conservative women (read “Paling endorsed”) are winning elections around the country.

But you keep believing that she’s a moron, since you are obviously so much smarter than her.


July 13th, 2010
5:09 pm

I’m starting to hate politics. On one side you have King Roy. First Dem to lose the office of Governor in Georgia in almost 100 years. Then you have “holier than thou” Karen Handel who sides with gays when she needs them and distances herself from them when they become a burden. Or we can go with “I have no ethics” John Oxendine. One of these will be our next Governor because when the media has a debate they limit it to candidates that poll at a certain level. How is an unknown supposed to get his message out? He can’t so we choose from the field that the Dems and Repubs supported by the media allow us to.


July 13th, 2010
5:20 pm

That the moron Palin makes millions says a lot about the intelligence of the repubs.


July 13th, 2010
5:22 pm

you keep telling yourself that…….and she’ll keep kicking tail. But you can always console yourself, because you are obviously so much smarter than she is.

Jon Lester.

July 13th, 2010
5:37 pm

I see Newt’s endorsements are perfectly consistent with his character, and this time, he seems unconcerned with all of the unflattering public knowledge of Deal’s corruption.

It's a shame what he did to that dog

July 13th, 2010
5:43 pm

Gingrich is going the way of Arlen Specter. Also, almost everyone of Palin’s picks have won in their primaries.

Sux to be Gingrich.


July 13th, 2010
5:47 pm

Anyone Newt supports, I won’t. He is no better than Clinton. How are the term limits working that he promised in 94?


July 13th, 2010
5:55 pm

Only in Georgia would people consider a person without a college degree for governor…


July 13th, 2010
5:56 pm

newt gingrich is a hateful racsist with questionable moral values…and sara palin is too dumb..dont put too much stock into these hypocrites..palin couldnt even teach her daughter morals and values..

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July 14th, 2010
10:10 am

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July 15th, 2010
4:09 pm

[...] endorsement of Karen Handel received, but it could matter down the road: Newt Gingrich has endorsed his former House colleague Nathan Deal for governor of Georgia, just a week before the July 20 [...]

[...] GOP-Gov: Former U.S. Representative Nathan Deal (R), who is running for his party’s nomination to run for Governor in the fall’s General Election, picked up the endorsement of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) today. Gingrich, who represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional District from 1979 until 1999, and was Speaker of the House for his last 4 years in office, remains a popular figure among Republican primary voters — especially in Georgia. [...]


July 23rd, 2010
7:59 am

Dealing from the bottom of the deck…ROFL