GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told a group of Savannah tea partyers on Tuesday night that Congress should cut off funding to U.S. military efforts in Libya.
The coastal appearance was a prelude to his Atlanta Press Club speech this morning. Gingrich declined to comment on the Tuesday desertions of two fundraisers staffers, or reports that his campaign is $1 million in debt.
Gingrich said pulling the plug on funding is the right response to what he called President Barack Obama’s “deluded” approach.
He spoke as Obama and the GOP-controlled House continue to wrangle over the legality of American military efforts against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
“They have an obligation to cut off the money in Libya given the president’s attitude,” the candidate said.
Gingrich lambasted Obama’s citation of authorizations by the United Nations and the Arab League as grounds for U.S. intervention.
He insisted that the United Nations can’t authorize an American president, calling that “a fundamentally unconstitutional thought.”
…His comments came during a question period following a presentation that seemed more like a history class than a campaign appearance.
It was dominated by the screening of “A City Upon a Hill,” a documentary produced by him and his wife, Callista.
The film contends that, because of its founding principles, the United States has a special role in history…..
Republican Chuck Williams and Democrat Dan Matthews will meet in a July 19 runoff for an open seat in the state House of Representatives.
Williams, an Oconee County tree farmer and former banker, led the field of four candidates in a special election Tuesday with 39 percent of the 3,920 votes cast for the northeast Georgia seat.
Matthews, a longtime Oconee County Democratic activist, finished second with 27 percent. See the county-by-county returns here.
Four candidates were in the contest to replace former Rep. Hank Huckaby, R-Athens, who resigned to become University System of Georgia chancellor.
Over at PeachPundit, Todd Rehm says the Senate Republican caucus has apparently given up on pursuing the matter of caustic emails aimed at Senate allies of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
The messages, allegedly written by a middle-aged woman, were traced to a computer owned by state Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon, the majority whip:
This past Friday at 3 pm, a conference call took place for members of Senate Republican Caucus where leadership tried to ease the door shut on the case of Beth Merkelson‘s emails. Having informally polled almost all of the caucus members, leadership said that not enough votes exist to bring any disciplinary action.
Apparently, the question presented to members of the caucus was “would you vote to publicly ask Cecil Staton to step down?” It has been suggested that a differently worded question along the lines of whether you have confidence in the Majority Whip might have produced a different outcome.
One person who listened to the call said that he got the impression that leadership now considers the issue closed.
Former state university chancellor Erroll Davis, who on July 1 will become the interim head of the Atlanta Public School system, told Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) on Tuesday that he has spoken with school board members about a “reasonably bright line of governance between those who make policy and those charged with implementing that policy.”
I think there is a distinct misimpression about this system in terms of its internal operations versus what you see describing board relations in the public. board-related. This is a well-run school system. Of course, it had a CRCT scandal. But it is not the only system in the country. We can deal with that. The people who violated standards will be dealt with appropriately….
AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at whether Nathan Deal’s acceptance of a Delta Air Lines upgrade squares with his executive order banning gifts greater than $25 to himself and his staff.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider