Your morning jolt: Atlanta office left $13,000 in drawer, says Newt Gingrich

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this morning pushed back against his former staff, accusing his Atlanta office of neglecting $13,000 in checks to his campaign.

Gingrich may want to be careful. The consultant in charge of that office said all viable checks were sent to the candidate’s main office near Washington D.C. – and that there probably was a reason if any were held.

In a morning interview with Martha Zoller (FM103.7 WXKT) in Gainesville, Gingrich declared his disappointment in a team that not only quit, but also talked to reporters afterwards.

Listen to the entire interview here. Said Gingrich:

”At least in the case of Georgia, we discovered that they hadn’t been doing their job in at least a month. … As we began to get ready for some events in Atlanta, we discovered last night there were $13,000 in checks that were just sitting in a drawer that nobody processed. To have people that I had trusted, I’d known for years, fail that deeply was very sad.”

Scott Rials is the veteran GOP political consultant who was in charge of that office. He gives Gingrich credit for giving him his start in politics.

Said Rials:

“I’m saddened by where this is going. Our staff did everything they could under trying circumstances. They looked after every check – because there were very few checks. All properly vetted checks were sent to Washington D.C.”

Federal campaigns will return a check to a candidate that is written on a corporate account rather than a personal one, or is beyond the allowed cap on contributions.

The Gingrich slap at Rials isn’t isolated. This from new Gingrich spokesman Joe DiSantis posted by Robert Costa and the National Review:

“The complaint that Gingrich never set foot in the Georgia office is very strange,” he says, shaking his head as we chat. “We had press events scheduled at the office, but our former point man there (Scott Rials) nixed them. When we went down to the office this past week, we heard about how badly things were being run. Volunteers were not getting calls back, endorsements were not being lined up the way they could have. Totally inexcusable and unprofessional.”

Gingrich is scheduled to speak to the Atlanta Press Club next Wednesday.

The former U.S. House speaker on Tuesday morning declared that Washington’s media elite was out to “destroy” him. And last night, the candidate demanded an apology from NBC News for airing a report that suggested the involvement of Gingrich’s third wife, Callista, in his campaign was one reason for his staff’s departure:

Said Gingrich to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren:

”I thought NBC this morning, in a program that had nobody on camera, nobody quoted by name, that quoted reporters talking anonymously about cowardly people, who, frankly, lied about my wife — and I believe NBC owes Callista an apology.

“The fact is, my campaign is my campaign. Yes, we make decisions as a couple, but in the end, I take full responsibility. And I think the program this morning was totally irresponsible and personally reprehensible and the kind of thing that makes it hard to get decent people to run for public office.”

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This afternoon in Smyrna, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will show off his endorsement from Attorney General Sam Olens and tour a local pie factory – all a prelude to a private Atlanta fund-raiser this evening.

Recommendation to the Romney crowd: Nothing loosens up a crowd like a Tony Curtis/Jack Lemmon-style pie fight.

The Olens endorsement is no surprise, and not exactly news. The former Cobb County commission chairman has been on the Romney train for a while – and Romney gave Olens a prominent endorsement and a check – well before last year’s July primary.

The quote from Olens released this morning: “Mitt Romney has a proven record of creating jobs, balancing budgets, and cutting taxes. He has the needed experience to lead the country out of this economic downturn.”

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The Wall Street Journal has more details of the “Gang of Six” (minus one) effort pushed by U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Mark Warner of Virginia to reduce the nation’s $14 trillion deficit:

The plan, which hasn’t been formally circulated, would reduce the deficit by $4.7 trillion over 10 years, Erskine Bowles said at a dinner Tuesday evening. The plan is largely modeled on a proposal that the White House’s deficit-reduction commission, led by Mr. Bowles and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, presented last year. But the Warner/Chambliss group appears to have found more reductions than Bowles/Simpson, which called for roughly $3.9 trillion in reductions over 10 years.

Mr. Bowles, speaking at a dinner held by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said the Warner/Chambliss deficit cuts would consist of 25% tax increases and 75% spending and interest payment cuts.

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Mark Winne of Channel 2 Action News has a report questioning the wisdom of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s participation in a fundraiser for Clayton County Commissioner Wole Ralph, whom the mayor’s police force have tagged on a DUI charge.

The mayor responded with something like what we heard from Gov. Nathan Deal in the matter of Newt Gingrich:


- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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70 comments Add your comment

Jon

June 16th, 2011
9:49 am

Any word on whether Romney plans to stop by Tommy’s for a haircut again?

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 16th, 2011
10:24 am

Ol’ Newt is blaming the media for his big mouth, staff resigning and the decision to take a cruise just as his campaign was getting started.

The ol’ boy stumbled coming out of the gate and just hasn’t been able to catch his balance, so rather than admitting he exerted poor leadership and put his foot in his mouth he just blames the media.

The truth is Newt has worn out his welcome. He’s a great strategist, but couldn’t organize a three car funeral. So, he’s going it alone and will probably join Sarah Palin in a bunker somewhere assailing the Prez and fellow candidates with a barrage of white papers, emails, twitters, fritters, bitters and Facebook posts.

And, so it goes. . . .

Just Wait

June 16th, 2011
10:45 am

Politicians, particularly Republicans, always blame the media for the self inflicted bullet wound to the foot. If just one of these people, of either party, would just tell the truth, they could win in a landslide.

MeaneyMouse

June 16th, 2011
10:54 am

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!!

The truth be told

June 16th, 2011
10:54 am

The biased liberal media has decided that NEWT GINGRICH posed a threat for Obama which they have foisted on this country and so they are trying to find any way to portray him in a bad light. Mitt Romney is their Republican Candidate because they know he has no chance of winning because he has been rejected by regualar Americans time and time again. I am afraid Newt was the countrys best hope of bringing good old common American sense to Obamas far left leanings and Americas continued slide into third world status. And yes Newt was right to question the GOP county club republicans wanting to tinker with Medicaid. WE DO NOT NEED the policies of GEORGE BUSH but those of Ronald Reagan. The Republican party needs to come back to their roots. Instead of being the pary of country club and corporate wealth to that of main street middle class business people. That is our only hope.

SorryStateOfAffairs

June 16th, 2011
11:00 am

How is it we are just now trying to cut the deficit at a time when we should be spending more? What would cutting $4 trillion do to our economy? Can’t for the likes of me see how that could be beneficial in the short term (this decade). Indeed it could be the catalyst that changes recessionary pressures into a full blown depression.

Why is their not a story on how the baby boom generation is the worst American generation? They have led us into HUGE deficit spending (see Reagan and Bush) while simultaneously sat back while our Congress eased lending requirements leading to both huge credit card usages by the public and the destruction of our housing industry because of the types of baloon mortgages allowed. To say nothing of them allowing NAFTA; illegal immigration to flourish; and the tax laws that encourage businesses to go overseas. They simply have relied on the greatness of the previous generation and lived off the fat while destroying Americas future. The Asian century (India and China) is certainly a reality and will end the American Century that many people call the 20th Century.

Aunt Birdie

June 16th, 2011
11:08 am

If your entire staff quits, then it’s YOUR job after that to see that everything is taken care of.

Aquagirl

June 16th, 2011
11:19 am

Gingrich translation: “Why weren’t those people working harder while I was flopping about on a Mediterranean beach?”

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
11:21 am

SorryState-

I agree with you that Reagan and Bush ran up large deficits, but why do you leave out Johnson, Carter, and Clinton that also ran up deficits. Both parties are to blame, but Obama has put those who came before him to shame with his record deficits.

I disagree with you about this being the Asian century. America can still be great, but we have to take action now and elect a new president that will lead us out of financial ruin. It will be painful, but it can be done.

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
11:23 am

AQ-

When you are the boss, that’s not an unreasonable expectation. Have you not taken a vacation while your employees remained and worked?

Idiot watcher

June 16th, 2011
11:24 am

The truth be told

June 16th, 2011
10:54 am
The biased liberal media has decided that NEWT GINGRICH posed a threat for Obama which they have foisted on this country and so they are trying to find any way to portray him in a bad light. Mitt Romney is their Republican Candidate because they know he has no chance of winning because he has been rejected by regualar Americans time and time again. I am afraid Newt was the countrys best hope of bringing good old common American sense to Obamas far left leanings and Americas continued slide into third world status. And yes Newt was right to question the GOP county club republicans wanting to tinker with Medicaid. WE DO NOT NEED the policies of GEORGE BUSH but those of Ronald Reagan. The Republican party needs to come back to their roots. Instead of being the pary of country club and corporate wealth to that of main street middle class business people. That is our only hope.

Wow, we’re worse off than I thought if Newt was the best hope for saving this country. Do you really believe the liberal media caused Newt to attack, then back off Ryan’s plan, to go on a Greek cruise with his wife and have a $500K account with Tiffany’s? Really? No you don’t. Newt’s problems are self-inflicted. And by the way, the cruise and the account show Newt is no “main street middle class businessman”. He is rich, pompous, arrogant and a blowhard, and that isn’t the media’s fault. Grow up and stop blaming this on the press.

jconservative

June 16th, 2011
11:25 am

“WE DO NOT NEED the policies of GEORGE BUSH but those of Ronald Reagan.”

Really? Really? OK, here goes – Reagan’s policies.

1. Cut taxes and increase spending and create trillion dollar deficit.
2. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 which gave amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
3. 1983 signed administration bill to authorize Treasury to borrow up to Five Trillion Dollars from the Medicare Trust Fund.
4. The largest increase in Medicare coverage since Johnson signed the bill in 1965.
5. Eleven different tax increases signed by Reagan, the most tax increases by any president to date.

And I totally agree we do not need the George W policies, especially the entitlements.

Folks, Reagan was not and is not the answer. Reagan was just another liberal president in a long line of liberal presidents that has been uninterrupted since Hoover.

And in November 2012 you will have the opportunity to vote between two more contending liberals for President, Obama and the pending Republican nominee.

Sorry.

Raquel Morris

June 16th, 2011
11:27 am

I wish the Mayor would spend more time running the city and less time raising campaign cash.

deegee

June 16th, 2011
11:28 am

I feel strongly that Newt, Callista, Newt’s campaign staff and anyone that sent Newt a check all deserve each other.

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
11:29 am

idiot-

Then what do you call Obama’s vacations? Mainstream? What about his 10 hour stay in Peurto Rico? Guess that was just an in person reminder that he is still trying to spread the wealth. Funny that you liberals have such different standards.

Jason

June 16th, 2011
11:35 am

“This from new Gingrich spokesman Jeff DiSantis”

Wait, the former spokesman for the democratic party and campaign manager for Thurbert Baker is now working for Gingrich? Is this true?

DollarDawg43

June 16th, 2011
11:35 am

I like Newt and have voted for him in the past. I also recognize the benefits to any state when one of it’s own is elected President. While I agree with him on many fundamental issues facing our country today, it is laughable for him to blame his recent problems on ANYONE but himself.

If he or any politician doesn’t want embarassing press, quit doing stupid things and it will be near impossible for the liberal or conservative media to hit you with anything that sticks. For example, no media outlet created the story of ‘Weiner-Gate’, the NY Rep. did. Likewise, no media outlet created the recent Gingrich stories (whether it be the Tiffany’s bill or the mass staff resignations), the former Speaker did.

In either case, the media-liberal or conservative-simply reported the news. It is obvious who is to blame in each situation.

Gingrich Slams Ex-Staffers | FrumForum

June 16th, 2011
11:37 am

[...] POLITICO reports: Newt Gingrich told a Gainesville radio station this morning that staffers in his Georgia office had been neglecting their responsibilities for “at least a month” before resigning, in one instance disrupting cash flow to his campaign. Jim Galloway reports: [...]

Idiot watcher

June 16th, 2011
11:37 am

I don’t call the President’s vacation anything, Retired Soldier. They have nothing to do with the topic.Truth be Told is blaming Newt’s implosion on the media, a disingenuous move at best. The media didn’t make Newt attack Ryan and it didn’t make him go on a Greek cruise after one week in the race and it didn’t make his entire staff resign. That was the point of the post. If you want to go off on the President, have at it, but don’t drag me into it. I am only commenting on the actual subject of the blog.

reebok

June 16th, 2011
11:39 am

honestly, if Newt is not the worst person in the world, it’s only because this is a really big world.

DollarDawg43

June 16th, 2011
11:46 am

jconservative-Sad to say but I am afraid you are right on all counts.

findog

June 16th, 2011
11:57 am

Newt claiming that negitivity is keeping people from running for office is really rich, he’s the guy that was running his 1800 number on CSPAN to hawk his tapes on how to paint any democrat with a set of Frank Luntz polled negitive verbage whether they were relevant or not
KARMA!

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
11:58 am

idiot-

Yes you were, but if you are critical of Newt for those things, then I assume you would be critical of Obama for doing the same things. Except liberals always give Obama a pass.

Frederick Douglass

June 16th, 2011
12:07 pm

In regards to the $13,000.00 in checks, I wonder if Newt frisked Nathan Deal the last time they got together?

Wake Up Georgia!

June 16th, 2011
12:09 pm

Where do republicans get all these folks? Oh, I know two of them come from Georgia’s right wing farms. Romney created jobs? Get real.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 16th, 2011
12:11 pm

@The Truth Be Told: I don’t believe the Democrats or the media caused Newt to put his foot in his mouth on the Sunday morning TV shows where he tried to be provocative so as to stand out from the bunch by talking about “right wing social engineering” and belittling the budget proposal by Ryan.

Regarding Ronald Reagan — he couldn’t pass Tea Party muster if he was running today. And, the icon of the Republican party raised taxes eleven times during his eight years. Reagan was a pragmatist and not a far right ideologue like the Republican/Tea Party of today.

DannyX

June 16th, 2011
12:14 pm

“Yes you were, but if you are critical of Newt for those things, then I assume you would be critical of Obama for doing the same things. Except liberals always give Obama a pass.”

Retired Soldier, you in here whining again? Man up.

Paul S

June 16th, 2011
12:16 pm

As a Democrat – a 25% tax increase to 75% spending cut ratio seems reasonable. I’d be willing to accept that from an individual perspective. What does everyone else think?

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 16th, 2011
12:17 pm

@Retired Soldier: I call Obama’s vacations a drop in the bucket compared to President Bush’s massive, record setting number of vacation days.

Between Camp David, the ranch in Crawford and the family home in Maine, President Bush was on vacation nearly three out of the eight years he served.

Check it out.

Now, in all honesty, the President is on 24/7 call and he works wherever he is, so let’s not make a huge deal out of their wanting a change of scenery.

But, making an issue out of Obama’s vacation days is a pitiable political tactic and is really rather tacky.

Newt is nuts

June 16th, 2011
12:19 pm

Jim, your report this morning about Newt reinforces why I use the “Newt is nuts” monicker. When do you think the media will stop covering him? His campaign and personal behavior simply mean that he will be out of the race well before Iowa and New Hampshire.

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
12:19 pm

Where do democrats get all these folks? I know one of them come from Ill. left wing farms. Obama kept unemployment at 8%. Get real.

This sounds as silly as your post.

Frederick Douglass

June 16th, 2011
12:27 pm

RetiredSoldier @11:58,

When I’m feeling out of sorts, I get the mess chef to serve me a heaping helping of SOS, and some of that coffee out of one of those military urns, you know the stuff, works for me man. Cool down, before you blow a gasket.

Idiot watcher

June 16th, 2011
12:28 pm

One more time, Retired Soldier: I was not criticizing Newt. I was responding to Truth’s comment that the liberal media caused Newt’s implosion. That is all. The things Newt did that led to his implosion were done by him and him alone. It’s the Republicans going after Newt for attacking Ryan, it’s his staff resigning, it’s his choice to go on the cruise and buy the jewelry, and if Republicans don’t like it, well, they don’t like it. But the media didn’t cause this. That was all I was saying.

RGB

June 16th, 2011
12:29 pm

The media are always looking to dig up some dirt on conservatives, but can’t seem to find time to question even one statement by the Messiah – “shovel ready”, “ATM”, etc.

GaBlue

June 16th, 2011
12:29 pm

PIE! What’s not to love? Get Retired Soldier a big ol’ slice. Bless his heart.

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
12:33 pm

Tyree-

Bush had to take those days in Texas because the anti-war protesters demanded a change in location! Isn’t it funny those protesters have disappeared with Obama, even though Obama has continued the Bush policy in Iraq, doubled down in Afgan, and started a new war in North Africa.

Doesn’t that seem odd to you? Maybe it wasn’t about the war, but about politics.

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
12:34 pm

GaBlue-

Please make mine apple, thanks.

Travis McGee

June 16th, 2011
12:37 pm

If what I saw on the CNN Debate is the best the Republican/Tea Party has to offer it’s going to be a Democrat sweep in 2012.

FruitNewt

June 16th, 2011
12:37 pm

I’ve met “Newt” before. I had a boss with perfectly-styled, hair-sprayed hair and an even more bossy wife. They were not a joy to work with. There was constant drama. The day I got fired for doing exactly what they asked me to do was totally liberating. After all Newt’s blame, I’m sure his old staff is quite happy they left.

Aquagirl

June 16th, 2011
12:42 pm

“Have you not taken a vacation while your employees remained and worked?”

Yes RS, but I wasn’t running for president at the time.

Vacations are certainly acceptable for public officials. When Obama “vacations” it’s generally combined with work, just the same as G.W. Bush did. If it’s anywhere but Camp David there is generally a diplomatic purpose in making a personal appearance.

Newt, on the other hand was just being lazy. At this point in the race there is no substitute for getting out there IN PERSON and working the potential voters. How many Iowa caucus members are hanging around the Mediterranean? He was taking a vacation in the truest sense of the word, as in checking out when he should have been someplace else if he was serious about his campaign.

If my boss skipped out on a critical occasion requiring his/her PERSONAL attention, I’d start looking for another job, because working for a lazy idiot is never a good thing.

itpdude

June 16th, 2011
12:43 pm

Wasn’t Newt waddling some body of water half a globe away while he should have been campaigning? Oh yeah, he needed time to “think.”

I suppose as POTUS, Newt would need an exotic vacation so he could go “think”, you know, because “thinking” cannot be done in an office or where the rubber meets the road as in campaigning.

Newt attacking his staff on this issue makes him look even worse, which is a difficult thing. His (third) wife is a total witch with a crazy eye and does get in the way. The staffers had to toe her line and Newt’s and that line was often diametrically opposed. They were often like children stuck in the middle of arguing parents.

They were right to leave and as for the new staff, they will soon understand (if they don’t already understand) why the first staff unilaterally quit, why endorsements have withered, and why Newt should never be considered a GOP contender ever again.

Honest Georgian

June 16th, 2011
12:44 pm

You know what I find funny??? That home wrecking “hoe” Calista does not trust Newt to be out of her sight for a single second!!! Now If she does not trust him, why should the voters???

GaBlue

June 16th, 2011
12:44 pm

Retired Soldier,

Scoop o’ vanilla on top? You have an excellent point about the wars. I joined in a couple of peaceful demonstrations against the invasion and occupation of Iraq (though I agreed with the necessity of attacking Afgh. at the time.) Now I think it’s time to bring them ALL home! But… the folks who organized the protests then are not oranizing them now. If I thought anyone in D.C. on either side of the aisle gave a rat’s fuzzy about my opinion, I’d be screaming it every day. But… reality is brutal, man. I’m not rich and can’t deliver a big bloc, so I am completely UN-represented. But hey, thanks for fighting for the illusion all those years ago! It still means a lot, even though it’s BS.

arty68

June 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

Jason @ 11:35 – Thought I recognized that name from GA political stories, but it says “Joe DiSantis” and the name in the linked piece is “Joe DeSantis.”

No, Newt Gingrich can still find Republicans who want to work for him. Considering who he’s running against, that’s not surprising. I’m still going to vote for the guy, despite his flaws, considering the total lack of viable alternatives.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

@Retired Soldier: I appreciate what you did in the military and I mean no disrepect to you, but what you’re saying is horse hocky.

Bush took almost 1,000 days of vacation because he wanted a change of scenery. The White House is nice, but it can become a prison — like it did with Nixon.

Bush wanted to get out and stretch his legs, ride his bicycle, wear jeans and a cowboy hat, drive his pickup truck, chew a little tobacco, have a few beers and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

I’m not criticizing the enormous number of vacation days Bush took because the Prez is always at work.

But, for Chrissakes! Quit being so freakin’ partisan.

Stop begrudging every freakin’ round of golf the Prez plays and put things in their proper perspective.

In other words, just be fair. And, I know you are.

Jon Lester

June 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

There’s no way to argue with someone who believes revisionist history and refuses to acknowledge that Clinton had balanced budgets.

GaBlue

June 16th, 2011
12:52 pm

Yes! And what Skink said!

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
12:56 pm

Thanks GaBlue, it is always nice to agree on something when most of the time we are on oposites sides of the fence.

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
12:59 pm

Tyree-

Glad you mentioned golf. Bush, whom I am not a big fan of, quit palying golf because he felt it was wrong to do so with soldiers in harms way. I respected that alot.

I notice you failed to address the war protesters.

RetiredSoldier

June 16th, 2011
1:00 pm

Jon Lester- two years of balanced budgets w/ a republican congress. Add the deficits and the surplus’ and Clinton grew the national debt over eight years.