Your morning jolt: Newt Gingrich to announce Wednesday, via Facebook and Twitter

Georgia politics will be dominated by a trio of themes this week:

– Gov. Nathan Deal’s signing of HB 87, the illegal immigration bill;

– A tense race for the chairmanship of the state GOP, to be settled Saturday with the party convention in Macon;

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

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

– And the arrival of the presidential campaign on our doorstep, through that partisan gathering in Macon.

A spokesman for Newt Gingrich, who is expected to announce his candidacy this week, confirmed today that reporters aren’t being directed to any brick-and-mortar location for the event.

Which leads one to suspect an Internet-based announcement that will point to Gingrich’s Friday evening speech in Macon at a Republican fund-raiser and a very friendly audience.

Updated at 10:45 a.m.: Rick Tyler, the Gingrich spokesman just sent a message saying candidacy announcement will come Wednesday, via Facebook and Twitter. An interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity will follow that night. The Georgia speech will be his first as a candidate.

Herman Cain, who’s receiving plaudits for his debate performance in South Carolina next week, will open the Saturday session of the GOP convention. No other presidential candidates are anticipated.

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Newt Gingrich’s tangle of corporate ventures – some non-profit, some not – are often cited as a reason for his delayed entrance into the 2012 presidential contest.

A piece in today’s Wall Street Journal turns that argument on its head:

Now, as Mr. Gingrich prepares to launch a run for president as early as this week, this network of advocacy and for-profit groups is providing a publicity and policy machine without parallel among his likely Republican rivals, few of whom have stirred excitement among donors and activists.

His network has amassed more than 1.7 million voter and donor contacts and raised $32 million between 2009 and 2010—more than all his potential 2012 rivals combined.

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On the other side of the coin, Doug Richards of 11Alive has this on the “fatigue” that Newt Gingrich has created with this spring’s false starts:

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In South Carolina on Saturday, Jon Huntsman Jr., the former U.S. ambassador to China, told a group of Republicans that he would make a decision on a presidential run by month’s end. From CNN:

Former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman/Associated Press

Former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman/Associated Press

One of those in the room, state Rep. Alan Clemmons, tweeted during the meeting that Huntsman said he “will be deciding over the next two to three weeks whether there is critical mass” to mount a White House campaign.

Huntsman is from Utah, and would give Republicans two candidates of the Mormon faith. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the other. The Huntsman and Romneys know each other well.

As the weekend broke, a blog on Forbes.com posted an interview with Jon Huntsman Sr., a billionaire:

Forbes:Would Jr.’s campaign overlap too much with Mitt Romney’s? (Huntsman Sr. was co-chairman of Romney’s effort in 2008 and they all share the same Mormon faith.)

Huntsman Sr.: “Mitt and Jonny are third or fourth cousins. Mitt’s father was a dear and special friend to me when I was in the Nixon White house. But they are very different individuals. Jon Jr. is raising one his daughters as a Hindu [she's adopted from India]. He feels all people should exercise the faith of their heart. Also Jon’s issues are foreign policy.

“Put the two of them [Jr. and Romney] on the David Letterman Show and the public would think they are two very different people. One would arrive on a motorcycle and play the keyboard and have fun. It would be a fascinating campaign.”

In case you can’t figure out who would tickle some ivories, Huntsman Jr. once played for REO Speedwagon.

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Tom Baxter of the Southern Political Report has this tidbit that now seems quaint:

In a move sure to lead to speculation that he’s reconsidering his presidential potential, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal released a copy of his birth certificate.

The son of Indian immigrants, Jindal was born and raised in Baton Rouge.

That fact hasn’t been seriously disputed in any of Jindal’s races, but his office said it was releasing the birth document after inquiries about whether the governor would be affected by a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. David Vitter which would limit citizenship only to children of legal residents of the U.S.

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Over at the Savannah Morning News, Larry Peterson found a group that has toted up much of the money collected by Georgia candidates in last year’s campaigns:

The $88 million total, tallied by the Montana-based National Institute on Money in State Politics, is low; some reports still are trickling in.

And it doesn’t reflect some independent outlays, such as the
$5.4 million one group [the Republican Governors Association] spent to help Republican Nathan Deal become governor.

Even so, the institute said $33 million went to gubernatorial hopefuls; $20.4 million for legislative races, $15.4 million to party committees and $12.4 million for other statewide offices.

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AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Gov. Nathan Deal’s statements about the state’s bond ratings.

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In Rhode Island, the Providence Journal reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson had a cameo role in Senate approval of a federal judge last week:

With John J. McConnell still shy of the Republican votes he needed Wednesday to complete his long quest for a seat on Rhode Island’s federal court, his friend Jack Reed approached Johnny Isakson on the floor of the U.S. Senate, armed with a sheaf of photocopies in a neat manila folder.

As the clock wound down on the key vote to remove a final obstacle between McConnell and the judgeship, the Rhode Island Democrat handed his Georgia colleague a copy of a year-old letter from the office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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83 comments Add your comment

Ol' Timer

May 9th, 2011
10:07 am

Newt has the name recognition.
Newt has the drive and ego.
Newt has the money.
But, Newt is Newt — and his polarizing personality and character deficits should torpedo his Love Boat.

He’s an echo, not a voice. He’s so 20th century.

eatmotacos

May 9th, 2011
10:14 am

It’s what he does for a living – how he pays the mortgage. Anyone who takes him seriously, is a fool.

Debbie Dooley

May 9th, 2011
10:24 am

He embodies all that is bad in politics!

. . . Fox News . . . . = Propaganda

May 9th, 2011
10:39 am

Go back home to your third wife Newt,

and just shut up!

Ga Values

May 9th, 2011
10:45 am

Newt got Bill Clinton reelected, he will get Obama reelected. Newt is in this for the money & Babes, it’s trade in time for his (third) wife.

Ga Values

May 9th, 2011
10:51 am

Should have been…Newt is in this for the money & Babes, it’s trade up time on his Current (third) wife.

Over Draft

May 9th, 2011
10:53 am

Are all the bounced checks
cleared up from his U.S. House bank account ?

Excedrin P.M.

May 9th, 2011
11:00 am

`
Yawn.
Yawn.
Yawn.
.

Ga Values

May 9th, 2011
11:00 am

The WSJ article left out that Newt skimmed $2,000,000 from the ETHANOL LOBBY, Newt makes Barney Franks look like a saint.

Defender

May 9th, 2011
11:02 am

one bullet,just for me

May 9th, 2011
11:02 am

Newt..what a Joke
One would think..how many times has my Ego gotten me in trouble?

Please…Newt…GO AWAY!!!!

John K

May 9th, 2011
11:02 am

Newt, the cream of the GOP crop. LOL

Southern DisComfort

May 9th, 2011
11:06 am

The response has been underwhelming.

Idiot watcher

May 9th, 2011
11:09 am

I’ll be having some real fun this campaign season watching this idiot run for president. It is remarkable how some politicians feel this constant need to inflict themselves on others. It was time for Newt to have quietly into the sunset years ago, yet the GOP is so starved for ideas, any ideas, that Newt passes for a genius. I read he felt that history was calling him to run. I believe history got the wrong number if that was the message passed on the former Talker of the House. Please go away, Newt.

Is This The Best We Can Do?

May 9th, 2011
11:10 am

As a long time Republican and a fiscal and social conservative I am appalled at the poor quality of Republican candidates who are offering themselves for President. If this is the best our party can do it is time to fold it up. We have the choice of philanderers, incompetents, and fools who represent the rich who fund their campaigns at the expense of the middle class and the rest of us. Our country is sinking into the dust bin of history and instead of lifting us back up these jerks will only hasten the slide! Oh for a Ronald Reagan, Harry Truman, Ross Perpt type of candidate who would put the needs of the country ahead of special interest campaign dollars. God help the United States of America!

Fred

May 9th, 2011
11:13 am

Newt running for President. Must be time to trade the old wife in for a new one………

Sarah P.

May 9th, 2011
11:15 am

Another good reason to avoid participating in Facebook and Twitter.

If I had a hammer

May 9th, 2011
11:18 am

Is not the middle name of Newt Gingrich
” Special Interest Campaign Dollars.”

Who are these idiots donating to this bozo?

smith

May 9th, 2011
11:19 am

Good,now we can seen them back to Africa.

Weight Watchers

May 9th, 2011
11:23 am

Newt thinks he’s cute.

LawDawg

May 9th, 2011
11:26 am

The real question is whether his wife will get cancer between now and 11/2012. If so, getting divorced in the middle of a campaign could hurt him.

BPJ

May 9th, 2011
11:32 am

At least Newt didn’t drive to Canada with the family dog strapped to the roof of the car!

A question: what is the number of current and likely GOP presidential candidates who currently have, or have had, their own show on FoxNews?

Kenneth Starr

May 9th, 2011
11:36 am

The Newt campaign is going nowhere,
and it has’nt even started yet.

ADOLPH

May 9th, 2011
11:38 am

Fox News is pure propaganda.

BeenAround

May 9th, 2011
11:51 am

Time for Newt to cash in and ratchet up his celebrity status a few notches while the going’s still good. With the field of buffoons, has beens and want-to-be’s we’ve seen from the Republicans so far, this is looking more and more like a reality show gone bad. So of course, it’s a perfect stage for our boy, Newt.

Call it like it is

May 9th, 2011
11:51 am

Lord help us. We have become such a nation of idiots. The good want run, and why would they. We search for the weak link and after it has been found we twitter it, we facebook it, and then destroy it. Obama will have an easy ride back in, because the right has no one to take him down.

joe

May 9th, 2011
11:52 am

MSNBC is pure propaganda.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

May 9th, 2011
11:55 am

You’re a foul one, Mr. Gingrinch.
You’re a nasty, wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk.
Mr. Gingrinch.

The three words that best describe you, are as follows, and I quote:
stink, stank, STUNK.

RedNeck Rick

May 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

Jeez, instead of donating to the Gingrich campaign, how about just burning your money? What a waste. Newt is still Newt, and therefore unelectable by any measurement.

Yes, this is the best you can do

May 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

Sorry, Is This The Best We Can Do – I believe that this is the best that you all can do. There are simply no Republican candidates who are worth a d***!! Perhaps the country is finally becoming more wise and realizing that we are a progressive nation and can’t be hindered by the likes of conservatives such as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, etc, etc, etc. Hopefully the Republican party can modernize a bit because this country is wizening up and won’t accept those type of “Presidential candidates” That being said, I really hope Trump gets the bid.

LIVE IN ATL NOT GA

May 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

yeeeehaaawww I’m sure you hillbillies are loving this news… The right will get its clock cleaned this election cycle….

yuzeyurbrane

May 9th, 2011
12:01 pm

I think we should take him seriously just to protect us from accidently electing him. The man is a dangerous egomaniac. I once attended a debate between the head of one of his front groups and someone else, got the opportunity to chat (more listen) a little bit to this fellow and heard a non-flow stream of tributes to his fearless genius leader. It sounded so 1984 it chilled me.

yuzeyurbrane

May 9th, 2011
12:03 pm

Excuse me, I meant “megalomaniac” although “egomaniac” is correct, too.

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Ol' Timer

May 9th, 2011
12:24 pm

I can’t wait for the debates to start. I hear Vegas has an over and under on the number of Fbombs The Donald drops in the first debate.

GaBlue

May 9th, 2011
12:26 pm

I caught some of that comedy roast in South Carolina this weekend. What a HOOT! It was almost as funny as last weekend’s WH Correspondent’s Dinner when the President handed Trump his behind on a cheap plastic poker-chip tray. Would have been funnier if Newt and Bachmann had been there, though. I look forward to both of them joining tour in another town. Laughter is good for the soul!

Travis McGee

May 9th, 2011
12:28 pm

The Tea Party and Republican right wingers caused my wife to vote democrat for the first time EVER.

Good job, guys. You did what I haven’t been able to do over 50 years of marriage.

Just keep moving to the right and pretty soon you’re gona fall off the cliff.

Freedom lover

May 9th, 2011
12:34 pm

YAWN ! Another useless big government neoconservative liberal in the race for the GOP nomination.

They already have the best candidate in the race – Ron Paul 2012. End the Fed.

BillS

May 9th, 2011
12:34 pm

How delusional is Newt? Or is there something else behind his presidential bid? Does he stand to get a jack in his consulting biz with this run? Even Newt must know his policies, principles and personal life disqualify him from serious consideration as President of the United States.

TDub

May 9th, 2011
12:44 pm

If we held a post-apocalypse election and the last three living creatures on earth were Newt, a spider monkey with rabies, and me, I’d vote for the spider monkey.

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Andee

May 9th, 2011
1:05 pm

But he’s a bigot that can’t maintain a marriage let alone a country… let me guess, tax breaks for the rich and longer mandatory minimum sentences for the poor? Thats how these radical conservatives roll…

Clancy

May 9th, 2011
1:06 pm

So he’s going to run?

Newt is the guy who, as House Speaker, drove the government into two shutdowns. He’s the guy who pushed for Clinton’s impeachment for fooling around with Monica. This, while he was in his own affair and committing Adultery! His multiple divorces. He’s the guy who not only got caught up in an ethics investigation he also quit his position as Speaker and then resigned from the House. This quitting the House bit looks like “Whats her name” from Alaska.

Tim

May 9th, 2011
1:08 pm

Herman Cain is the only candidate that can take Obama to task on the issues at hand. He has solved and will solve numerous problems by thinking outside the box instead of the same old two and four that both parties have been hitting the citizens with over the last twenty years.

If you want Obama to win, the hope that Gingrich gets the ticket. If you want Obama to lose, then vote for Cain.

Newt G

May 9th, 2011
1:09 pm

Don’t underestimate me. I have convinced all my ex wives to vote for me and that should get half of the needed delgates to win the Presidency.

Kat

May 9th, 2011
1:22 pm

Newt is trying to appear “younger” by announcing via Facebook and Twitter – it won’t work, Newt! You are still old and out of touch.

John K

May 9th, 2011
1:23 pm

My wife is glad I’ve never been as patriotic as Newt.

Alkali Bill

May 9th, 2011
1:29 pm

A grateful nation breathes a sigh of relief.

left...right..who cares?

May 9th, 2011
1:32 pm

wow, newt grinch for prez, love the song btw, stink stank stunk or was it skunk? i find it enteresting that even staunch ( or it it because they are) conservatives are so against such a supposedly staunch conservative. personally, i believe everyone needs to be praying right about now– newt and the donald? Lord have mercy.