Newt Gingrich says he’s ‘mystified’ by Sonny Perdue’s shift to Tim Pawlenty

Just got back from Newt Gingrich’s birthday party at his Buckhead campaign office – his first visit to the place. Three candles on the cake.

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta this morning. AP/John Amis

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta this morning. AP/John Amis

More later, but in a brief sit-down with reporters afterwards, Gingrich said he intends to bludgeon his way back into the presidential campaign with the strength of his ideas.

“The natural instinct of the system is to avoid thought. Thinking’s hard,” he said.

The former U.S. House speaker from Georgia wouldn’t say much about the collapse of his campaign, but did admit that the immediate defection of former Gov. Sonny Perdue – a co-chair of his national campaign – stung. A lot.

“Of course it did,” he said.

What do you think his leaving said?

“I think it told you about Sonny Perdue,” Gingrich said. “I was mystified. No phone call? Go ask Sonny Perdue. I thought it was very strange. The two things that were strangest to me were his not calling me, so-called professional consultants who have deliberately and maliciously kept feeding things to the press to create stories.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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35 comments Add your comment

Last Man Standing

June 22nd, 2011
1:12 pm

Losing Sonny’s support is a bad thing?

WE have lost our way

June 22nd, 2011
1:15 pm

It does not surprise or mystify me about Sonny.He will flip on a dime.Gov.Deal just got a taste of Sonny on Immigration.He flipped on the toll for 400 and he will flip again on something else.The only thing he has not flipped on is his GO FISH,and that fish should have flipped along time ago.

Sonny Perdue, D -er- R, Georgia

June 22nd, 2011
1:16 pm

This guy is a bigger “flip-flopper” than Kerry and BOTH Bushes. He changes drawers more than a hooker on a good night, and that aint sayin much.

John

June 22nd, 2011
1:27 pm

Just just lost the fishin’ vote…..

Centrist

June 22nd, 2011
1:29 pm

Only the AJC and some die hard political followers seem to care. Gingrich is old news.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 22nd, 2011
1:32 pm

Any shrinks here? Is Gingrich’s being a sociopath something he can’t recognize because he’s a sociopath?

dre

June 22nd, 2011
1:35 pm

Last Man – agree with you!

DW

June 22nd, 2011
1:57 pm

“Mystified”? How about “clueless”? Pawlenty’s campaign manager used to work for Gov. Perdue. Newt needs to teach himself some history…

The Snark

June 22nd, 2011
2:08 pm

The Snark finds himself in agreement with both Last Man Standing and Will Jones – Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis. It’s a very weird day.

Disgusted Republican

June 22nd, 2011
2:22 pm

Perdue was one of the worst Governors we ever had and demonstrated a “trough mentality” coupled with a total lack of integrity. If Newt ever had a chance (which he doesn’t) Sonny would be no loss as he is more of a drag than a benefit and will probably cost Pawlenty Republican votes in the Primary. A lot of us Republican voters remember Sonny’s antics and appointments of questionable individuals. His endorsement is the kiss of political death as far as my family and a lot of my friends vote!

freidenker

June 22nd, 2011
2:30 pm

Disgusted Rebulican, you are spot on. while not a party member i choose to consider everyone. pawlenty’s chances just took a BIG hit with me. if i were dying of thirst and sonny recommended water, i’d probably eat a handful of sand. pitiful little rube.

Booger Fling

June 22nd, 2011
2:46 pm

Who cares? Both of these guys are garbage.

Bootnewt

June 22nd, 2011
3:09 pm

Stinkrich still has Zany Zell, Chubby Chambliss, and Gangrene Gingrey in his corner.

Silent Jay

June 22nd, 2011
3:25 pm

I thought I’d enjoy this more. But it’s just pathetic.

sharon

June 22nd, 2011
3:34 pm

I agree with Silent Jay. Pathetic. Newt is the gift that keeps on giving… to the Democrats. You cannot put a Tiffany price tag on that gift.

khc

June 22nd, 2011
4:18 pm

pretty classless not to call the newtster….if true

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 22nd, 2011
4:36 pm

As if Sonny’s daughter’s conduct at the Governor’s mansion didn’t reveal what kind of “class” Sonny had to teach?

khc

June 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

i missed that one

findog

June 22nd, 2011
5:32 pm

got to agree with LMS
looks bad for T-Paw being Sonny’s second pick

Kevin

June 22nd, 2011
5:47 pm

not a big fan of Sonny’s……but Will Jones, you are the a great example of the arrogant black man that is epitomized by the guy who sits in the White House. Get a life……or at least a job.

bling capital

June 22nd, 2011
5:50 pm

newt’s trophy wife is so mad about all this, she’s heading to tiffanys to buy a bunch more expensive bling to “make her feel better.” newt says it’s normal.

Travis McGee

June 22nd, 2011
5:59 pm

Sonny wants to invest his political capital in a candidate who has a chance of winning. But again, Sonny demonstrated his lack of political insight by throwing his lot in with Pawlenty who has no chance of getting to first base.

Go figure.

Maybe Sonny just wanted to flee from Newt.

Alex

June 22nd, 2011
5:59 pm

Sonny thinks he is Vice-President material!!!! Got to pair himself with a yankee. What an idiot!

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 22nd, 2011
6:01 pm

With all due respects, Pawlenty needs a personality transplant, not the support of Sonny.

That ol’ boy will absolutely bore you to tears.

Brian

June 22nd, 2011
6:11 pm

“…but did admit that the immediate defection of former Gov. Sonny Perdue – a co-chair of his national campaign – stung. A lot.”

Sorta like it felt having to sit in the back of the plane. Sniff.

Frederick Douglass

June 22nd, 2011
6:37 pm

Kevin @ 5:47

How is Obama arrogant? If he sat on his arse all day and did nothing, then he’d be the typical black man to some people, so by trying to do a job under great pressure, he’s arrogant. You have your chance to put a pliable, usable black man in the White House, his name is Herman Cain, get behind him, play him up.It’s too bad Steppin Fetchit isn’t still alive to run as Cain’s VP

Kevin

June 22nd, 2011
7:25 pm

He is arrogant b/c he and others like him(of all colors) think that their Ivy League educations and absolutley zero real world experience( community organizing, whatever that is, doesn’t count) they know better than me and you how to spend our money, raise our children, etc. Herman on the other hand is one of the accomplished men to run for the office in either party in recent memory.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 22nd, 2011
8:33 pm

Kevin
June 22nd, 2011
5:47 pm

I’ll take your comment, albeit “ad hominem” and bereft of any rebuttal of the underlying facts of the allusion made, as a supreme compliment. You never caught my TV show? Maybe you’re new around here. Welcome to Atlanta, the New Jerusalem.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 22nd, 2011
8:34 pm

Kevin – Obama’s just fronting for the Rockefellers, same as W. when he committed 9/11. Wise up.

Now, what

June 22nd, 2011
11:56 pm

Sell. leave. I have to plant a garden and get back to digging on this cellar.

Cloudy Day

June 23rd, 2011
7:55 am

Newt musta missed an under the table payment to old Sonny!

Buck Mulligan

June 23rd, 2011
8:38 am

Weep not for the Newt, he’s ensuring the continued prosperity of Newt, Inc. His campaign may owe over a million, but none of that is his money. Like Palin, he’s parlaying his inexplicable celebrity into big bucks. Sony made his the old fashoned way – corruption while in office.

Bobby Anthony

June 23rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Centerist what does your boss, Nathan Deai, think of this turn of events?

Ryan Shakur

June 23rd, 2011
4:36 pm

poor Gingy lol

Sonny Now

June 24th, 2011
12:49 pm

sonny wants to be VP—who will give him a job?