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

Alabama Communist

May 9th, 2011
1:33 pm

Breaking News On Newt Quest for the Whitehouse………Newt’s spokensperson said today not only are they using the Internet to make the big news about his presidential run, but has taken out 5000 Blog Ads on known Republican Porn Sites……….

Last Man Standing

May 9th, 2011
2:00 pm

Travis McGee:

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

Unfortunately, that is a 2 for 1 deal. The democrats have moved so far to the left they have already taken that plunge off the cliff. Our country is now more polarized than it has ever been, or at least during my lifetime.

We badly need to find some middle ground. Both the left and the right offer issues intended to divide the country, and solutions to real problems is not on their radar.

Bill Orvis White

May 9th, 2011
2:01 pm

Speaker Gingrich was able to get most of his brilliant Contract With America implemented. Plus, the Congress’ most intelligent speaker was able to work with a Socialist-Democrat president to get the budget balanced. No one could say that about Nanny Pelosi, Jim Wrong or Tipsey O’Neill. Speaker Gingrich could be the country’s best president since Reagan. I’m still behind Herman Cain, but if Speaker Gingrich got the nomination, I would be on board.
God Bless,
Bill

Yamacraw

May 9th, 2011
2:01 pm

Newt who? Sad to see a once gifted political thinker fail to realize he’s the has-been he’s become. The foot soldiers in any successful campaign are typically young 20 somethings. Today’s young 20 somethings think this guy is just a salamander, but with none of the charm of the Geico gecko!

well'swell

May 9th, 2011
2:03 pm

Newt Da Poot. (hahahaaaaa). Yeaahhhh ! RUN Newt(urd) run! He ain’t gotta chance!

And oh yeaahh, bring on Hermain Cain. Maybe he can wear his tappin’ shoes to the debate and dance a nice jig while Obama runs CIRCLES around him on foreign and domestic policy. This ain’t pizza, that’s for d@mn sure. Anchovies PLEEEASSSSE!!!

well'swell

May 9th, 2011
2:04 pm

Newt Da Poot. (hahahaaaaa). Yeaahhhh ! RUN Newt(urd) run! He ain’t gotta chance!

And oh yeaahh, bring on Hermain Cain. Maybe he can wear his tappin’ shoes to the debate and jig a nice little buckdance while Obama runs CIRCLES around him on foreign and domestic policy. This ain’t pizza, that’s for d@mn sure. Anchovies PLEEEASSSSE!!!

RetiredSoldier

May 9th, 2011
2:05 pm

It is unreal the amount of hate on this blog. Don’t want Newt for President? Don’t vote for him and work for someone else. It would be one thing if all you uber left said Newt is wrong on this, that or another policy. You don’t, you just make personal attacks and snide remarks. Unreal.

BTW, anyone of you that has accomlished as much as Newt please feel free to take me to task. Otherwise, keep your comments to yourself.

Last Man Standing

May 9th, 2011
2:08 pm

well’swell:

If you are a thinking person and have the opportunity to hear Herman Cain debate Obama, you will be mighty surprised. Herman Cain is all substance whereas Obama is all style. As for me, I will take substance over style any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

John K

May 9th, 2011
2:09 pm

Would “not cheating and not serving divorce papers to a hospitalized spouse” count as a significant achievement?

What about not resigning in disgrace?

Chuck

May 9th, 2011
2:09 pm

Someone remind me: Did Newt ever pay Bob Dole back after Dole loaned him the money to cover Newt’s fines from his ethics violations?

Chuck

May 9th, 2011
2:10 pm

As for Herman Cain, who knew that running a third-rate pizza company and occasionally filling in for Neal Boortz made you a certified presidential candidate?

reebok

May 9th, 2011
2:13 pm

Newt is NOT a joke. Jokes are funny. Newt is just pathetic.

Idiot watcher

May 9th, 2011
2:35 pm

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

John K, I had forgotten about that explanation for Newt’s infidelties over the years. Do we really want to put him under that kind of stress again? Don’t America’s young women deserve to live without fear of having to submit to our Commander in Chief in order to help him think straight? Let’s protect Newt from himself and his patriotism by not electing him.

John K

May 9th, 2011
2:43 pm

IW, I think that would be best for all. We don’t want to go back to ancient Roman times when the emperor had first dibs on the bride (or groom).

Centrist

May 9th, 2011
3:24 pm

Not that comments via this blog are indicative of even the GA electorate – only two above are positive toward Gingrich.

I think Gingrich is running for an appointed position or possibly VP – he has little chance at the nomination and much less at beating Obama. But he makes a VERY good living from politics and running for president will only help him more. He may be a lot of things (good and bad), and shrewd at making money is one of them.

Last Man Standing

May 9th, 2011
3:51 pm

Chuck:

From your comment, I see that you know little or nothing about Herman Cain. Do yourself a favor and learn a little about him. You might just like what you learn!

Last Man Standing

May 9th, 2011
4:03 pm

Chuck:

If your post was just to make an inane comment, this will do you no good. If you want to learn more, try this:

http://www.answers.com/topic/herman-cain

Idiot watcher

May 9th, 2011
4:36 pm

So, Retired Soldier, only former Speakers of the House who resigned in disgrace can comment on Newt’s candidacy? That is an interesting interpretation of the First Amendment. It also only leaves JIm Wright available to talk on Newt, if he’s still alive.
Newt was wrong on Libya, after he was right. He is wrong when he says he wants no restrictions on political contributions. He’s wrong on the environment. He’s wrong in supporting lower corporate taxes when most huge corporations pay little or no tax as it is now. He was wrong in injecting an atmosphere of hostility and ugliness into the political debate twenty years ago. He is the source of the incivility that permeates the public discussion today. There, is that enough for you?

Idiot watcher

May 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

Sorry, meant to say Jim Wright. And he is still alive, apparently, and going to celebrate his 89th birthday in December.

Last Man Standing

May 9th, 2011
5:05 pm

I may be mistaken but I doubt seriously that many (if any) people posting negatively about Gingrich have any intention of voting for ANY Republican.

Freedom lover

May 9th, 2011
5:13 pm

“How do you know she is a witch?”

“Well she turned me into a Newt !”

“She turned you into a Newt?”

“Well I got better”

Let us hope that all of america gets better and gets rid of this Newt sooner than later !

Freedom lover

May 9th, 2011
5:16 pm

Last Man Standing – If Ron Paul is running as a republican I have every intention of voting for him. If he is running as an independent I also have every intention of voting for him. If he is not running I will still be writing him in and voting for him. So yes, there are plenty of folks who might vote republican who know what a scoundrel Newt is and what a completely worthless job he did the last time anyone made the mistake of electing him. Not a single plank from the Contract with America went anywhere. Just another big-government attention hound.

Freedom lover

May 9th, 2011
5:26 pm

Last Man Standing – We don’t need any more middle ground. It is the very middle that has destroyed this country. The belief that you can have your cake AND eat it too. That foreign adventurism equals defense. That its ok to spend on warfare so long as you are also spending on welfare. That so long as both parties agree everything is right with the world.

THERE ARE PRINCIPLES AND NOBODY IS FOLLOWING ANY.

You just want the easy way to resolving everything that our government has done to destroy us. Well, there isn’t an easy way. It will require sound economics and a sound currency. If that seems too far right for you then too bad. It will require defending this nation and stopping the military adventurism in over 170 foreign countries that we now engage in. If that sounds too far left for you then too bad. It will require us to end the war on drugs, restore freedom, and allow the productive non-violent citizens that occupy half of all prison cells to return to society and contribute to its success. I am not sure what that would sound too much of since virtually nobody seems to care about freedom and liberty anymore, but it is still the right answer and too bad if you are happy locking up people for doing you or anyone else NO HARM.

The problem is that neither the republicans NOR the democrates actually have any principles at all. You are constantly told that every answer could be right and that it is just a matter of opinion. Well it is not. A productive economy only works when it is free, just like the rest of us do.

Compromise is what got this country so screwed up in the first place. I only support candidates with sound principles, whether someone arbitrarily wants to pidgeonhole that idea as being too left or too right. If we actually had parties of principles we could elect one and actually see how their plans work out. Well, there is the Libertarian Party, but nobody ever seems to want to give their sound ideas a try. Better the devils that have destroyed this country I guess.

Last Man Standing

May 9th, 2011
6:37 pm

Freedom lover:

You obviously have read very little of what I’ve posted in the past when you state, “You just want the easy way to resolving everything that our government has done to destroy us”.

Ga Values

May 9th, 2011
7:09 pm

RetiredSoldier

May 9th, 2011
2:05 pm

Newt was wrong to take $2,000,000.00 to support the ETHANOL program but then I guess you like government waste.

TECHNOCRAT

May 9th, 2011
7:43 pm

NEWT – CAIN 12 may very well translate to TEAM NEWT CAN.

Last Man Standing

May 9th, 2011
8:22 pm

TECHNOCRAT:

“NEWT – CAIN 12 may very well translate to TEAM NEWT CAN”

I could live with that.

Rumpole

May 9th, 2011
8:32 pm

You have seen his books,next comes the movie SCUMBAG MILLIONAIRE

Montana

May 9th, 2011
10:15 pm

Newt Gingrich just wants another opportunity to cheat on his new wife with an intern just like the TRUMP did or does, the only difference is that Newt buys American unlike the DONALD who can’t handle the made in the US label.

Pewter

May 9th, 2011
11:05 pm

Who cares… most Repukeicans are victims of abuse as a child, which is why they support and pray for their child molesting priests. You’re the misfits of todays society. You’re non-thinkers, that nobdoy listens to. You have to listen to talk radio to get your ideas and thoughts. How stupid are you?!!!

Pewter

May 9th, 2011
11:08 pm

I ask you dumb Republicans again… Give me ONE accomplishment of George Bush Jr or Sr. They’re both retarded, but give me a single accomplishment of either of them.

Last Man Standing

May 10th, 2011
7:50 am

Pewter :

Careful! Your idiocy is showing – again.

Brandon

May 10th, 2011
12:13 pm

Not going to be good for the race. We need real conservatism, energy, and a new face.

Hermain Cain all the way!!