Help wanted: Where will Newt Gingrich put his HQ?

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for a little cloud journalism. Not a game of Where’s Waldo, but Where’s Newt?

Friends of Newt Gingrich have let it be known that the former U.S. House speaker will announce soon an exploratory committee to figure out whether he really, truly wants to run for president.

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich. Associated Press

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich. Associated Press

Gingrich is to make the news here in Georgia. One presumes that it will be made from the site of a local headquarters.

So if the man has already has rented new office space, or put a contract on said square footage, then it becomes darned likely he’s in the game. This is where we need your help. Please forward this link to your friends in the Atlanta real estate market.

If you’ve got a clue where Gingrich might land, sent me a note via e-mail.

We’ve heard that Gingrich has had his eye on Buckhead – which is logical. Many Republicans for statewide office have located themselves in the same general area. Eric Johnson and Nathan Deal, both candidates for governor, did so last year. Sonny Perdue’s 2006 re-elect was there, too. The state GOP headquarters was within a stone throw of all.

We asked a GOP veteran with real estate experience what Gingrich might be looking for. Among his points:

– Gingrich will probably be looking for something in the 8,000 square foot range, with options to grow should things look good;

– Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation has an office off the Glenridge Connector near the top of Perimeter. But he would more than likely want to put some geographic distance between his campaign and his business/private interests. The Federal Elections Commission gets very picky about these things.

– Quick access to Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, and the charter flights that will send the candidate to Iowa and New Hampshire, will be important. But the location needs to be near enough to Ga. 400 or I-85 to make it easy for low-ranking advance teams to make it to Hartsfield-Jackson without too much trouble.

– Given Atlanta real estate prices, Buckhead is a bargain. But Gingrich will probably want to stay away from Grade A space with its glass fronts and marble floors. Hard to ask contributors for money when your front office has valet parking.

– That said, volunteers will want to feel safe when walking to their cars. So Gingrich and his team will probably be looking for something in Grade B real estate. Or perhaps, they’ve already signed the lease.

– Visibility would be important as a backdrop for visiting TV reporters. The 2012 race for the GOP nomination could very well be wrapped up before the Georgia primary. But our GOP real estate veteran said he would recommend a building off a freeway, capable of carrying large signage, to catch those Yankees on their way to Florida.

Those are your clues.

If you’ve heard any rumblings – or that space next door is suddenly covered up with butcher’s paper, drop a line.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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95 comments Add your comment

Ralph

February 28th, 2011
1:59 pm

how about on the campus of Georgia Regional Hospital? He would fit in quite nicely.

GaPatriot

February 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

The barrio on Buford Highway. Fits into his globalist one world order, third world living conditions for our former middle class.

LMAO

February 28th, 2011
2:06 pm

If I had a doghouse I’d lease him space.

LMAO

February 28th, 2011
2:08 pm

Then again a dog would deserve better…Magic City since he’s such a ladies man.

Willis

February 28th, 2011
2:09 pm

There are some caves in the mountains of north Georgia – Newt could go there, probably not have to pay rent, and be comfortably at home with his Neanderthal lifestyle.

Ole Guy

February 28th, 2011
2:17 pm

Are there any outhouses in Cobb County?

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
2:25 pm

Question to the first six posters: How many of you have served as Speaker of the House? None? Thought so. Maybe when any of you get elected to the Ga legislature, much less Congress then you will be entitled to look down your nose at Gingrich. Ya’ll need to get a life.

Rule .303

February 28th, 2011
2:37 pm

That’s easy, Johnny’s Hideaway.

Just Wait

February 28th, 2011
2:38 pm

If Newt is the Republican pick for president, even with Retired Soldier’s vote, it’s 4 more years of Obama.

Rule .303

February 28th, 2011
2:47 pm

RetiredSoldier, that’s the lousiest argument ever. I’ve never served as the Chancellor of Germany, but I think it’s safe to say that Hitler was an awful man. (No I’m not comparing Newt to Hitler, that would be insulting to Adolf).

So RetiredSoldier would support Nancy Pelosi for no other reason than that she served as House Speaker.

NoNewt

February 28th, 2011
2:47 pm

You should look along or near Highway 278 (Thorton Rd/Camp Creek) in Cobb or Paulding. This road connects Hartsfield and the new Northwest Atlanta airport (for charters) and would provide easy access for both, with easy I20/285 interstate access. Very Newt friendly territory.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
2:50 pm

Just Wait-

Didn’t say I was voting for him. It just ticks me off that folks that haven’t accomplished 1/100 of what someone else has takes a “holier than thou” look down their nose.

And yes I think Newt would tear Obama up in a debate. You got to admit it would be fun to watch.

The Snark

February 28th, 2011
2:50 pm

There’s a dumpster out back of my wife’s office, they just emptied it. Newt could keep his ideas there.

findog

February 28th, 2011
2:51 pm

He was a professor at West Georgia and Piedmont Colleges
He represented both the SW and NW suburbs of Atlanta when in the house
Considering that he quit congress when the GOP threw him out of the Speaker’s Suite I think the Big Chicken would best fit his hawk bravado

The Oddball

February 28th, 2011
2:52 pm

Retired Soldier, please remind me of exactly what Newt Gingrich accomplished for our country in all his years in public office. And I mean “for our country,” not for his political party.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
2:54 pm

Rule .303-

Are you that dense or just pretending? Comparing Gingrich with Hitler and we are to take your comments seriously?

My point was anyone that has achieved the position of Speaker is a serious player and deserves respect. And no I wouldn’t vote fpr NP, but I respect the position she held and don’t compare her to Hitler.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
2:56 pm

Be happy to oddball, just as soon as you tell us what you accomplished for our country.

Jason

February 28th, 2011
3:00 pm

@RetiredSoldier, I’ve never been Speaker of the House but then again, I’ve never cheated on my life or ditched a wife with cancer to shack up with a young’n. Newt rose high and by his own fault, fell far. Now he wants to pretend the fall never happened. Heck, he’s not willing to apologize for his failings or even acknowledge that they exist.

Newt is wrong for Georgia, wrong for the GOP and wrong for America. He had his chance and blew it. With over three hundred million people in this country, I think we can find someone better.

fergie

February 28th, 2011
3:04 pm

He doesn’t have a chance of becoming president. Too many skelton’s in his closet.

Wendy Breeze

February 28th, 2011
3:05 pm

We already have too many devisive politicians with no leadership skills. Newt, Sarah, and our current president are a prime examples.

Mike

February 28th, 2011
3:11 pm

How about next door to the old man who made the ’shoot the President’ comment. He should be a good fit among the people up there in that neck of the woods. Get it. Red neck of the woods.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
3:12 pm

Jason-

I assume you held Clinton to the same standard? I’m not saying Newt didn’t do wrong, of course he did. My beef is with the liberal snobs on this blog that have a double standard.

Ramona

February 28th, 2011
3:17 pm

The old Girl Scout headquarters on the I-85 access road & N. Druid Hills would be PERFECT. It meets all the criteria you mentioned..highway access and frontage, space, parking, close to PDK & MARTA, near enough to Buckhead. Might want to call the owner on that one….

GaBlue

February 28th, 2011
3:21 pm

“…anyone that has achieved the position of Speaker is a serious player and deserves respect.”

Nope, no double standards there. All Speakers of the House get the same level of respect from patriotic “conservative” Americans, regardless of party affiliation, gender, personal proclivities, or the political climate of the districts that elected them. Too bad liberal snobs can’t behave like patriotic conservative Americans. *snerk*

Small Gov't My A##

February 28th, 2011
3:24 pm

Q: Where do hypocritical adulterers rent office space?
A: Anywhere they want, I suppose. It’s a free country.

TrickleDownStupid

February 28th, 2011
3:25 pm

I would suggest Newt put his headquarters on the planet “Mar”; since that is where anyone who would votes for him must reside these days.

koranr

February 28th, 2011
3:26 pm

Check the nearest waste management trash dump, as a prior republican I cannot beleive this cheating, lying, and disgraceful man would think we’ve forgotten how rotten he was and waste money even considering to run for office. Hopefully the media will replay all the old negatives about him prior to his announcement and interview the wives and women he betrayed.

JATL

February 28th, 2011
3:26 pm

Well I know one place he has operating for him, and you would be shocked at where it is…Not sure where the campaign HQ is actually going to be located though. If it’s in the same place, people will probably keel over.

JJ

February 28th, 2011
3:27 pm

What about Washington DC.I didn’t think he’d been living in Georgia since he resigned from the House and was selling his snake oil theories from there. To me he’s always been the “Georgia Carpetrbagger” anyway.

Another Government Employe

February 28th, 2011
3:28 pm

GaPatriot may be closer than anyone. There is a very nice 10 story building on Clairmont with a good bit of space that would fit the bill.

Jason-I absolutely agree with you. And, yes, Clinton SHOULD have been held to the same standard.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
3:30 pm

koranr-

Hope you are happy in your new democratic party. You know the party of martial purity and truth with those stalwarts of purity like FDR, Kennedy and Clinton. You really made the right move!

Craig

February 28th, 2011
3:30 pm

Newt would make a great leader for this country. The good outweighs the bad with Newt. Could he get elected? Hard to say…perhaps not. However, he would get my support.

RetiredSoldier: I’m with you…I’m sick of liberals with double standards. All emotion and no logic. You can’t reason with people like that. I believe there are more “non liberals” out there anyway, so over time we will get someone in office that we can be proud of.

Road Scholar

February 28th, 2011
3:31 pm

There’s a mighty good Waffle House just north of PDK with a Peachtree address! And they have good coffee to boot! He could get a counter spot for talking to others or a booth for private meetings!Or he could just go back in the hole in the ground he came from.

Retired Soldier: With respect, Clinton left his wife? She’d kill him!

Alphare

February 28th, 2011
3:34 pm

First thing first, Newt should ask himself, is his wife pretty enough as a first lady? He asked that same question with his previous wife and decided she was not good enough.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
3:35 pm

Good point Road, which is worse, to cheat and then leave your wife or to cheat and cheat and cheat and stay with your wife? Good question.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
3:35 pm

Craig- Amen brother.

Road Scholar

February 28th, 2011
3:38 pm

TrickleDownStupid: That way he could live next to Bill Mar! tee hee!

Retired and Craig: Ya’ll left out Eisenhower! Besides Craig, the Repubs set the std with all the sucking up to Christian groups and constantly stating how righteous, religeous and Christian they are.

Think Cobb

February 28th, 2011
3:38 pm

Why not the Cobb Galleria area. Atlanta zip code, Cobb location, easy access to Charlie Brown Airport (instead of PDK) and 20 min to Hartsfield. Plus, a tie-in to Newt’s Cobb roots.

GaBlue

February 28th, 2011
3:44 pm

Not that it’s any of our business, but Clinton’s wife chose to stay with her husband, not the other way around.

Andre

February 28th, 2011
3:46 pm

I heard Central State Hospital is closing down in Milledgeville, that’ll be a perfect location for him.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
3:47 pm

Road-

Now you driven off the “road”. Which is worse, knowing something is sinful and yet falling short of God’s grace or not caring a hoot if it is sinful or notcause it feels good and you want more of it. That is the difference.

We all fall short in the eyes of God. So ask yourself, in the above example which person has the greater chance of finally being on the correct moral path?

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
3:48 pm

So GaBlue Hillary then becomes an enabler, would you not agree?

RGB

February 28th, 2011
3:49 pm

Newt has viable ideas. Obama has only bad ones.

Obama’s plan to revive the economy is to ensure its decline by spending, borrowing, and taxing–quadrupling his predecessor’s worst deficit every year.
His plan for relief for unemployment is to make it more difficult for businesses to grow, expand, and even exist. And every business should be unionized.
Obama’s plan for health care levies fines on people who don’t want to buy government-mandated insurance–and then the people still don’t have insurance.
Obama’s plan for increasing the supply of oil is to not look for it.

In contrast, Newt has sound ideas–but they scare libs who revel in being a part of the dependent class. I can easily find some of Newt’s ideas via American Solutions or the Center for Health Transformation. But where are Obama’s? I mean, “green” jobs and electric cars. Gimme a break.

Cutty

February 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

The old Gold Club building for nostalgia’s sake.

Atlanta Native

February 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

Brilliant man, excellent strategist, perfect presidential ADVISOR otherwise an amoral #@$ who served his wife with divorce papers on her deathbed and gave Clinton a hard time for Philandering. I hope he will put his hubris aside and work with someone electable to ensure we do not spend 4 more years with Obama. Gingrich or Palin on a Repulican Ticket = Obama re-election.

RetiredSoldier

February 28th, 2011
3:58 pm

Atlanta-

You have two facts wrong, not on her “death bed”, one has to die to be on a death bed. Second if you’ll look back Gingrich was very quiet on the Clinton subject.

Atlanta Native

February 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

He was not loud, because he was doing the same thing at the time. He gladly propped up the rest of the accusers. He is still unelectable either way. I hope he will realize he is not cut out to be the front man.

Fat Lip

February 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

The AJC must have some empty space up for lease, say between Cynthia Tucker’s ears.

catlady

February 28th, 2011
4:02 pm

Gainesville. He fits right in.

GaBlue

February 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

Retired Soldier,

I’m not interested in debating someone else’s marriage with you. I’m sure you’d find a way to slam her no matter what she did or said. It’s their business, and I was appalled that the whole scandal and all the nasty little details were publicized at all. The people who voted for Mr. Gingrich and spouted the GOP “family values” rhetoric (to the exclusion of real issues as always) have reason to be disappointed that he did not represent their glossy, well-marketed image of Republican integrity and sole ownership of God, marriage, morality, and all things fittin’.

Of course the Clinton scandal does exemplify the double standard. His actions were “uncovered” only after the Republicans ordered Ken Star and his posse to continue digging through every detail of the man’s entire life, every check he ever wrote for a loaf of bread, every skirt he ever looked up, and every less-then-prudent business deal on which he lost money. I wonder how many men could withstand $70 Mil/five years worth of spying into their entire lives and emerge with an under-the-desk hum hum as the ONLY piece of dirt that could be pinned on them. Not many, I’ll bet.

Contrast that with his successor, whose DUIs, drug use, and unexplained absences were all swept neatly under the rug. Double standard indeed! Thanks for pointing it out.