Newt Gingrich to announce exploratory committee ‘within 10 days’ — in Georgia

Update at 11 a.m. Sunday: I was on a State Bar panel Saturday afternoon with Randy Evans, the Atlanta lawyer in charge of Newt Gingrich’s business interests. He’s quoted below.

Before we parted, Evans told me this: “In 10 days, Newt Gingrich will be in Georgia, announcing his exploratory committee.”

Evans later sent an e-mail. “Within 10 days,” he said.

So that’s Tuesday by March 8. Not necessarily on March 8.

Original post: As a culture, we no longer admire the tease. Gypsy Rose Lee always won applause by keeping her feathers discretely placed, but she is long gone.

The Internet is all about the full frontal.

Which is why you have to hand it to Newt Gingrich and the way he has managed to stoke continued interest in his presumptive Republican run for president with provocative breadcrumbs tossed out to journalists.

During a January visit to Georgia, Gingrich let it be known in private conversations that he’d scouted out office space for a campaign headquarters in Buckhead.

In Florida on Thursday, the former U.S. House speaker from Georgia even spoke of potential running mates. From the Palm Beach Post:

“Florida has two and maybe three potential vice presidential candidates right now, maybe four if you count Jeb Bush,” Gingrich said. He mentioned Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation and Gov. Rick Scott.

On Friday afternoon, a South Carolina political blog published a transcript of a TV interview in which Gingrich pledged fealty to the first three states in the GOP contest. The former speaker made very careful use of the subjunctive as he dismissed Florida’s ambition to become an early contender:

My commitment would be explicitly to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Then Floridians should figure out what they want to do. We went through this exact same game in 2007 and 2008. It is not a very dignified process I am afraid.

On Friday afternoon, Lori Geary with Channel 2 Action News caught up with two Gingrich allies in Georgia, who were dropping their own hints.

She quoted Matt Towery, the CEO of InsiderAdvantage: “I would say speaker Gingrich is about 90 percent there, and I would expect that the announcement would be one that he is running.”

More intriguing was the tidbit from Randy Evans, the Atlanta attorney who handles Gingrich’s business interests: “I just think we’re in the process of restructuring the businesses to make Newt’s possible candidacy a viability.”

Not all of this foreshadowing is under the former House speaker’s control. Earlier this week, a University of Pennsylvania student confronted Gingrich about his three marriages – launching a thousand Tweets across the Internet. The video can be seen above, courtesy of CBS.

From Geary and Channel 2:

Both Towery and Evans said the former speaker is ready for the tough questions about his personal life. Gingrich has faced scrutiny for his torrid past, including marriage scandals.

“The good thing for Newt Gingrich is that his personal life has been assaulted for over 20 years,” Towery said. Evans agreed, saying if voters are willing to look past his past Gingrich will be successful.

“If the election is about yesterday, then it’ll always be a challenge but if it’s about tomorrow then i think he’s got a leg up,” Evans said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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294 comments Add your comment

Interested

February 26th, 2011
2:20 pm

Yawn…. Newt who? This is the man who came to Georgia and used us for his personal gain, then had to leave congress in shame, not only for his tawdry personal life and indiscretions, but also for his illegal shell game of political monies. Surely he will not have the gall to put his name on the ballot in any state. Has the man no shame?

wild one 13

February 26th, 2011
2:27 pm

What do we have to do to get someone who is conservative and wants to help the middle class in this country to run for president????

wild one 13

February 26th, 2011
2:30 pm

Shame?? No
Gall?? Oh yea, he’got plenty

yuzeyurbrain

February 26th, 2011
2:40 pm

Only Newt’s ego is big enough to think he has a chance.

Cedric

February 26th, 2011
2:46 pm

Newt and Roy Barnes are peas in a pod. Had ‘em, didn’t like ‘em, don’t want ‘em again. We cannot afford more self-serving hyprocracy in our government at any level, from any party.

DannyX

February 26th, 2011
2:51 pm

Divorce is a CHOICE!

God created “Adam and Eve!”

…Not …

“Adam and Eve, then Adam and Suzy, then Adam and Megan.”

Jesus hates divorce. It’s in the Bible. Divorce is an abomination.

Divorce will one day lead to people marrying animals.

Larry Major

February 26th, 2011
2:53 pm

When writing your next headline, PLEASE weigh the wittiness against the disturbing mental image it creates before making a final decision. I’m having nightmares and I’m still awake.

Alabama Communist

February 26th, 2011
3:02 pm

Run Newt Run! Like to the nearest Border on the planet and make it a Republican neo-con Paradise at the end of the day………

Last Man Standing

February 26th, 2011
3:03 pm

Matthew 13:57, Mark 6:4, Like 4:24

Last Man Standing

February 26th, 2011
3:10 pm

Last one should be – Luke 4:24

Mark C

February 26th, 2011
3:13 pm

Somebody needs to tell that bobble-headed half-wit that his 15 minutes were up some time in the late 1990’s.

Mark C

February 26th, 2011
3:15 pm

“What do we have to do to get someone who is conservative and wants to help the middle class in this country to run for president????”

Uh, well you’d have to redefine “conservative” for one thing, because helping the middle class is not something conservatives have the least bit of interest in.

DW

February 26th, 2011
3:34 pm

@WILD ONE 13 That is an oxymoron

Dick

February 26th, 2011
3:49 pm

He can never overcome the shame he brought upon himself when he decided to cheated on his wife, while she was suffering with cancer. I hope she is past the pain.

Newt had no character or self-discipline then, and apparently still has none now.

james

February 26th, 2011
3:53 pm

Enter your comments here

HCH

February 26th, 2011
4:00 pm

@Last Man Standing Newt was born in Pennsylvania, graduated high school in Columbus, and currently lives in Virginia. He may have lived in Cobb County for awhile, but it is hardly his home town. Furthermore, to compare Newt Gingrich to Jesus is one of the most outlandish things I’ve read in a long time.

Sick of Republicans

February 26th, 2011
4:03 pm

If people elect this scum bag for anything, and I mean anything, then obviously they aren’t the anointed saints they claim to be. This wife will be ready for the divorce pond sooner than she thinks. I wonder about her self respect for even marrying this scum.

Last Man Standing

February 26th, 2011
4:05 pm

Dick:

Yes, she is past the pain.

Tommy

February 26th, 2011
4:06 pm

I had rather have a man who has been divorced as president than what you have now, A Muslim or someone who if he is not a Muslim act like one. He acts as if he has no regard for Israel or our relation with them. He will not stand up against the Arab world in any sense so what is worse a man who has been divorced or a man who takes sides with those who wants to destroy our way of life.
Our economy has been in the tank ever since he has been in office and he only wants to make it worse. Double digit unemployment and a 14 trillion dollar debt and he want more spending. Where does it end? What is worse a leader with no vision or one who has made mistakes with vision? God forgives mistakes doesn’t HE? Isn’t a divorce just like any other sin? Divorce does not condemn one to Hell only disbelief does that.

Last Man Standing

February 26th, 2011
4:07 pm

HCH:

I had no intention to nor did I compare him with Jesus.

eddy

February 26th, 2011
4:21 pm

Newt doesn’t have a prayer of winning as the Republican nominee. He carries more baggage than Delta. But if he does, he’ll lose easily and this will only speak further about the Repubs not having a clue about selecting a good candidate who can easily beat the current occupant of the WH. The current President has created so much chaos in this country not to mention the debt but he still doesn’t realize it…lunacy or egoism or both. Please, not Newt and not Palin. Neither would remove the current occupant of the WH and this must happen if this country is going to survive. 4 more years of Obama and the US will look like Somalia but not nearly as pretty (sarcasm off).

Tommy

February 26th, 2011
4:32 pm

I agree with eddy 100000 %

Dave

February 26th, 2011
5:28 pm

Before today there was yesterday. Take what you know and make a judgment. This tomorrow stuff seems to be asking voters to ignore what they know.

John Radney

February 26th, 2011
5:56 pm

Love Newt and went to high school and college with him. I could never vote for him as pres because he voted to impeach Clinton as he was doing the same thing with another woman.

dave cumming

February 26th, 2011
6:03 pm

It is always surprising how “comments” on line never mirror the political majority of an area. Witness the Boston Globe ‘comments’ are contemptuous of the prevailing idiot voters. Hard to believe the Gingrich haters in this paper are representative of your state’s citizens.

DC1

February 26th, 2011
6:22 pm

Newt?, What a joke lol

DC1

February 26th, 2011
6:23 pm

Enter your comments here

james

February 26th, 2011
7:05 pm

how about newt as ambassador to germany and karl rove his propaganda chief.

Last Man Standing

February 26th, 2011
7:12 pm

John Radney:

I must duffer with you. Newt wasn’t doing the same thing as Clinton. The impeachment was called for because Clinton perjured himself under oath in testimony. That ain’t nearly the same thing. Clinton should have been impeached.

no mo

February 26th, 2011
7:29 pm

another old, out of date fossil, newt gingrich, who has so personal baggage he doesn’t have a chance against obama. the republicans never learn—another 4 years of obama is on the way.

MrLiberty

February 26th, 2011
7:30 pm

An exploratory committee would be a good idea. Maybe through their explorations they can determine if Newt has any clue at all what principled small government conservativism is?? I’m betting they won’t find even a fragment of a clue.

Newt’s presence will be a media dream. This will give them just another example of the kind of garbage the republican party always drags up and puts forth for the american people to choose from. At a time when the democratic president is proposing ideas that will completely destroy the american economy it would be nice to see the republicans put forth a canidate who understands that the Federal Reserve, the debt, the failed foreign policy of empire, the failed war on drugs, the massive overreach of the empire at home, and other things are the cause of america’s problems.

I guess we will have to wait for Ron Paul to get the party’s nod before we will ever see that happen.

overtaxed1

February 26th, 2011
7:38 pm

It is a shame to see such uninformed comments in Georgia. Newt’s experience and knowledge is exactly what we need as a president. Witness the community organizer’s job, so far!

[...] Galloway at the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that on March 8th former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) will announce an exploratory committee for [...]

james

February 26th, 2011
7:43 pm

newt could not help bob barr impeach clinton because he would have made a hypocrite of himself.

Hope

February 26th, 2011
7:46 pm

” At a time when the democratic president is proposing ideas that will completely destroy the american economy it would be nice to see the republicans put forth a canidate who understands that the Federal Reserve, the debt, the failed foreign policy of empire, the failed war on drugs, the massive overreach of the empire at home, and other things are the cause of america’s problems.”

I guess we will have to wait for Ron Paul to get the party’s nod before we will ever see that happen.

Mr. Liberty, I agree with you. It was particularly painful to watch Mr. McCain’s answer to the debate question regarding his thoughts on a pick for Treasury Sec. “Uh, I dunno maybe, Meg Whitman?” I knew it was lost at that moment. I would say Mr. Paul comes off as kind of a kook, real or perceived.

Boo

February 26th, 2011
7:50 pm

You’ve GOT to be kidding me!

james

February 26th, 2011
7:53 pm

newt was our representive in clayton county ,ga for years and we are not uninformed about him.

Fidlin1

February 26th, 2011
7:57 pm

Mike Huckabee & Newt Gingrich are a dream team for America.

Bubba

February 26th, 2011
8:19 pm

It’s all about boosting his book deals and speaking fees.

barney strickland

February 26th, 2011
8:23 pm

I suppose I can forgive Newt for mistakes he made in his own personal life if the Libs can forgive Clinton for lying under oath during questioning in regard to employee sexual harrassment lawsuit. What the heck…. let’s at least hear Newt’s ideas!! I think I’m gonna go to his website to see what his ideas are…anyone know it?

Todd

February 26th, 2011
8:26 pm

NOBODY is going to vote for a guy that asked his wife for a divorce while she was on her deathbed with CANCER………..

Fanny Forbes Franklen

February 26th, 2011
8:31 pm

“Politics may not be the oldest profession in the world but the results are the same” ~ Janis Joplin

http://911essentials.com

cs

February 26th, 2011
8:31 pm

Rubio from Florida should run for Prez. And pick another new face for vice prez. Damn all these entriched hacks.

Progressive Ed

February 26th, 2011
8:37 pm

A joke? If it is, it’s in very poor taste.

Dave C

February 26th, 2011
8:52 pm

He is an irrelevant fool. A trouble maker that tries to divide this country instead of using his brain to try to get people together. He has no chance of winning so bring it on.

Jim Pierce

February 26th, 2011
8:53 pm

I sure hope “all of your past” sins aren’t held against you. Gingrich made some moral mistakes. For those quoting the bible , how bout trying “judge not lest ye be judged”?

Newt has commonsense solutions to very complex problems… he THINKS for himself, and I seriously doubt he will ever use a teleprompter…

You folks need to get a grip.. Gingrich would make a great president.

Ramguy

February 26th, 2011
8:56 pm

What’s he going to announce? That he’s going to tell another sick wife in the hospital that he’s leaving her for his mistress?

MadCharles

February 26th, 2011
8:57 pm

The guy sat on the beach with Pelosi supporting the Global Warming hoax. He’s a snake to his wives and probably very corrupt in waiting. Besides, He’s a friggin RINO and we have enough of them to get out of office as it is

Zambero

February 26th, 2011
8:57 pm

Explore what? What moral authority does he claim that would lend credence to anything he says? Gingrich couldn’t locate his lard ass with both hands free, let alone explore anything with any remote measure of objectivity. Of course he IS a marriage expert, just refer to his outstanding credentials as a serial wife dumper, philanderer, and absolute hypocrite.