Rick Perry loses a Georgia supporter, and Newt Gingrich gains one

Throughout the summer, former state senator John Douglas of Social Circle – he ran for state Public Service Commission in 2010 — may have been Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s most ardent supporter in Georgia. Where two or more Republicans gathered, Douglas was there with bumper stickers and a petition urging Perry into the race.

But no more. Douglas posted the following on the Rockdale County Republican party’s Facebook page:

“After very careful consideration and lengthy discussions with many key supporters, I am leaving the Perry camp, effective immediately. I no longer see a path to victory for him and have had great difficulties dealing with his staff.

“I still like many of his policies and would have no problem voting for him if he is our nominee. Now I am endorsing Newt Gingrich for President and will spend time in the near future explaining that move. Suffice it to say tonight that Newt champions the culture war I believe in fighting and he is a brilliant, very well-spoken man. I am pleased to endorse him for President.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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136 comments Add your comment

RetiredSoldier

November 16th, 2011
1:26 pm

Glad John saw the light. Glad to have you on the team John.

Road Scholar

November 16th, 2011
1:32 pm

I wonder who he will support next?

dixiedemons

November 16th, 2011
1:32 pm

Who Cares ………..you know he is not voting democrat

DallasDick

November 16th, 2011
1:37 pm

Glad to see Douglas onboard with Newt, we’re pushing hard to get out the word: “We need understanding, we need experience, we need leadership. Now. Out with the old, in with the Newt! Gingrich 2012.”

Drooly

November 16th, 2011
1:39 pm

Maybe this was it?
“…A Perry quote from a 2001 border summit taken from the Texas Office of the Governor Website: “President Fox’s vision for an open border is a vision I embrace, as long as we demonstrate the will to address the obstacles to it. An open border means poverty has given way to opportunity and Mexico’s citizens do not feel compelled to cross the border to find that opportunity” said Perry. (In the same speech, Perry advanced a bi-national healthcare -’PerryCare?’- plan for residents on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border).
A one-time slip of good “sovereignty/security sense?” No. According to the Associated Press, in 2007, while he was in Mexico City for a trade mission, Perry said he would support a “free flow of individuals between these two countries who want to work and want to be an asset to our country and to Mexico…”

Rick Perry to CNN’s John King November 4, 2011

On amnesty, Perry said:

…you have to identify [all the illegal aliens in the U.S.], you have to be able to give them some type of identification. Here’s how they pay their taxes and they become a contributing part of the society instead of, as some people see them, just as a leech on society. That you can put a program into place of what these individuals can be identified and work visas and where they can move back and forth between countries, but not become United States citizens…

Tiberius

November 16th, 2011
1:48 pm

Remeber this is the guy who couldnt beat Tim Echols for PSC so we have to question his political acumen.

Paul

November 16th, 2011
1:50 pm

Newt is a thrice married two-time adulterer, but who cares?

Buck Hayek

November 16th, 2011
1:52 pm

Maybe the guy wants in on some of Newt’s Freddie Mac lobby payday. Its up to $1.6 million now.

rogeriter

November 16th, 2011
1:54 pm

My gosh! The mans not running for office, Drooly. He is only endorsing Gingrich. The fact he lost his race means nothing. I don’t think anyone is going to say–”Oh! If he’s switching for Newt, I am too!

Cujo Bendi

November 16th, 2011
1:55 pm

Gingrich won’t beat Obama because he’s another fat white guy. The media would love Gingrich to get the nomination because he an unkempt suburbanite fat white dude who would lose by 30 points to Obama. Fat white dudes are a dime a dozen in this state. He doesn’t look presidential. He looks like a high-school principal or a manager at Golden Corral. I think he is smart, but Herman Cain or Romney are the only reasonable choices.

BillS

November 16th, 2011
1:56 pm

Newt is, to quote others, “an ethically tainted, pompous windbag.” Just perfect for all the tea baggers out there.

rogeriter

November 16th, 2011
1:59 pm

Paul, at least he didn’t do it in the oval office like Clinton. Or maybe, Buck, he’s tired of Obama and the libs wasting Trillions of dollars and supporting socialist behavior! How can anyone criticize Newt when they supported the worst president in history!

Marie

November 16th, 2011
2:00 pm

Any Republican supporting Newt needs their head examined. Newt is the BOTTOM of the barrel. He defines Conservatism as he sees fit. Look into his LONNNGGGG record of cronyism.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

November 16th, 2011
2:00 pm

Culture war? Really? I don’t want to fight a culture war. As long as your right to swing still ends at the tip of my nose, I’m cool with live and let live.

Will

November 16th, 2011
2:02 pm

Just how much political muscle do you dumb democrats think Newt used to land consulting contracts with the Democrat dominated lending groups, Freddie and Fannie? They hired him because they recognized he knows his shizzle. Should he have worked for free? It will also be rich hearing the suddenly moral left preaching the virtues of family during the 2012 election. Honestly, if womanizing is going to be a central theme among Dems in the election, then I feel pretty confident about the Right’s ability to attract Independent voters who didn’t give a hoot when Slick Willy was running. The Democrats are going to need to drum up much more than that if they intend to continue running the country in to the ground financially after 2012.

red

November 16th, 2011
2:03 pm

When Newt fades, and he will, this guy will shift again. He only supports whomever he feels will win. Of course the womanizing, windbag, Newt doesn’t have a chance.

John K

November 16th, 2011
2:07 pm

Buck Hayek

November 16th, 2011
2:08 pm

yes, roger, Obama wasted $500 million on Solyndra. No one disputes that. Let me know when he throws $2 trillion into a rathole like Iraq. Thankfully, that nightmare is ending in a month.

Now as for Libya – that is how you take out a thug! Cheap and with the people doing the fighting!

oldtimer

November 16th, 2011
2:08 pm

I see Romney with Newt for VP…..As far as morals….Clinton already led us down that road…

Buck Hayek

November 16th, 2011
2:10 pm

Will, don’t be foolish. Freddie Mac didn’t hire Newt for his historical or financial knowledge (if he has any). They hired Newt to fight the regulations Congress was throwing at them!

American

November 16th, 2011
2:10 pm

Well, this endorsement ought to put Gingrich over the top…over this John Douglas is…

Sick of Republicans

November 16th, 2011
2:11 pm

He just went from the frying pan to the fire with that move. Newt is nothing more than the lowest of pond scum First off Newt will teach our kids how to be adulterer, cheaters, etc. Not what I was for my kids and grandkids.

laughing Liberal

November 16th, 2011
2:12 pm

Please let Newt be the nominee. More skeletons in his closet than Oakwood cemetery.

Danny O

November 16th, 2011
2:16 pm

According to Mr. Douglas, “Newt champions the culture war.” That sounds like Newt is in favor of making the government so big and intrusive that it could interfere with the decisions of private citizens. Good luck w/that strategy. I don’t think it will attract interest from young voters of any political stripe.

Marlboro Man

November 16th, 2011
2:19 pm

The rats always jump off a burning ship. A rat in a suit is still a rat.

Jim Pierce

November 16th, 2011
2:23 pm

Buck Hayek : GET A CLUE: The 1.3 million was a consultants fee and it was over an 8 year contract. Now tell me… who doesn’t pay consultants fees???

Number 2: They did not pay Newt to “lobby” for them. Newt didn’t lobby for F and F .. Period. Stop spewing your lies please. DO SOME FREAKING HOMEWORK.

Jim Pierce

November 16th, 2011
2:24 pm

laughing liberal: please let Obama be your candidate lol

td

November 16th, 2011
2:30 pm

Newt is 100 times smarter then the current occupant of the WH. I wish he could be the nominee and run against Obama. He would wipe the floor with him in a debate. I think his moral issues are going to be to much of a hill to climb to get to that point.

If Newt was a Dem then he would not have any problem after Clinton and Kennedy but I do not think the social conservatives will give him a pass.

gm

November 16th, 2011
2:31 pm

When will tea party white males learn there are a lot of people out there who does not look like you, do you think they are going to line up and vote for these clowns that running for Pres?
Obama is going to win bigger then 2008, wait till he goes state to state and shows the difference between a bunch of selfish idiots who have done nothing but killed every job bill to help America, of course we dont expect to much from the bigots that live in Georgia they would vote for Satan if it means hurting the President of the United States, yet they call themself Americans what a joke””

T Knight

November 16th, 2011
2:32 pm

Welcome aboard.

TeaRocker

November 16th, 2011
2:32 pm

Oh poor John, the Perry team wouldn’t pay him and realized what an idiot he really is…so he runs to another camp.

It may be time to look at Perry…if his team knows John is a fraud, maybe they do have hope.

honested

November 16th, 2011
2:33 pm

Perry loses a supporter and ginghroid gains one.

Neither man is likely to even be the nominee and certainly not the President.

I am glad that the United States is more intelligent and much better educated than the majority of our backward looking little state.

Idiot watcher

November 16th, 2011
2:33 pm

I know of two people, neither of whom were former state reps or lost an election for PSC, that were extremely ardent Perry supporters when he first announced. Their endorsement means about as much as this guy’s. Who cares?

The United States of China

November 16th, 2011
2:34 pm

When was the last time we had a fat president?

Buck Hayek

November 16th, 2011
2:36 pm

Jim Pierce — Freddie officials claim Newt was there to help them EXPAND federal mortgage loans.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-16/gingrich-said-to-be-paid-at-least-1-6-million-by-freddie-mac.html

Newt is a liar.

td

November 16th, 2011
2:37 pm

Ted Nugent, rock star and avid bow hunter from Michigan , was being interviewed by a liberal journalist, an animal rights activist. The discussion came around to deer hunting. The journalist asked, ‘What do you think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him? Is it, ‘Are you my friend?’ or is it ‘Are you the one who killed my brother?

Nugent replied, ‘Deer aren’t capable of that kind of thinking. All they care about is, what am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away. They are very much like the Democrats in Congress.’

The interview ended.

Independent voter

November 16th, 2011
2:38 pm

Newt can not beat president Obama he got to many skeleton

td

November 16th, 2011
2:39 pm

The United States of China

November 16th, 2011
2:34 pm
When was the last time we had a fat president?

Bill Clinton. Well maybe not that fat but he sure did like fat women.

November 6, 2012

November 16th, 2011
2:40 pm

@Drooly

November 16th, 2011
1:39 pm

On amnesty, Perry said:

…you have to identify [all the illegal aliens in the U.S.], you have to be able to give them some type of identification.

Identify Hell!!!!! Put out a notice in every newspaper, every TV Network and on every radio station, plus flyers in every neighborhood where illegals are known to live that says the following:

If you are in this country (USA) Illegally, you have six (6) months from todays date to get out. You may take your family, all your possessions, money, vehicle (if you have a title to that vehicle) and anything else you own. On the 181st day after the notice you are caught in the USA and are here illegally, you will be taken to the nearest deportation point to await transportation back to your native country. You do not have any rights to anything……you will not be allowed a telephone call. All of your possessions will be taken, including any vehicle you are caught with. The only thing you will be left with are the clothes on your body.

I guarantee you, all roads to exit points in Ca, Nv, Az, Tx. and any other state with an exit point will be clogged with illegals leaving. The exit points will be clogged for months, giving some resourseful people an opportunity to make a lot of money in a short time. Bathrooms, living quarters, restaurants, etc. will be in high demand. This is the only way to do it. There will be plenty of jobs for all those 20 Million unemployed “Americans”.

In addition, all those service men and women coming back from Iraq and Afganistan should be stationed alony our southern border with Mexico to stop any illegal from coming back into this country.

honested

November 16th, 2011
2:45 pm

Joan Walsh said it best on Salon today, …..”Newts baggage has baggage!”

With such a long, deplorable public record, who but a misguided narcissist would even faintly think themselves electable?

Jim Pierce

November 16th, 2011
2:52 pm

Buck Hayek: Bloomberg? LOL I read that article. You mean the same Fannie and Freddie that is wanting another 32 Billion to say afloat while giving out MILLIONS in bonuses?? That one? lol

Mr. Thomas Anthony Jones, Sr

November 16th, 2011
2:55 pm

Pery is finished. He is another Benedict Arnold like Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal. If you see one who would go from the Progressive Democratic Party to the backward Republican Party you know theyare backward. Did anyone see him at the Debate. He wants to fire tens of thousands of federal employees in the middle of the worse Depression since 1929. Did anyone ask Perry where would these people work if they are fired by him. Anytime anyone says close Energy, Education and Commerce which handles the Census Bureau which is mandated by the United States of Amerika’ Constitution (the Law of Land) you know the guy is crackers. He can not get rid of the Census without changing the United States of Anerika’s Constituin and we (the Democrats) will battle the turncoat every steo of the way. Never trust a Traitor, a Benedict Arnold, a Backstabber, a liar, and A Quisling. A person can collect money as a oyal Democrat and then steal the money and then run as a Republican. If I give my money to a person in the Democrat Party and then they backstab me and runs as a carpetbagging/scalawaging Republican he better give all my money back or I will sue him and file a formal complaint with the Election Commissioner. A honest person is Never, ever a Traitor to the People. Never vote for Traitors, Benedict Arnolds, backstabbers,, and Quslings. They are Low Down Copperheads not to be ever trusted.

Bill Clinton

November 16th, 2011
2:57 pm

hey I resemble that remark… ” long deplorable public record “.. womanizer.. shady deals in Ark.. I got women with baggage too…

UGA 1999

November 16th, 2011
2:58 pm

Gingrich has been doing a great job of getting his message out and getting in the spotlight. He is definately going to make things more interesting.

Eric

November 16th, 2011
2:58 pm

@td. You and I have been at it before. I do know why you’re not excited about today’s topic. Do you?

Eric

November 16th, 2011
3:00 pm

@ td. Do you really get your “leader of the free world” action from Uncle Ted? Do you need a lesson (learned already by Arkansas Huck?)

Independent

November 16th, 2011
3:01 pm

Dept. of Energy started by Jimmy Carter in 1977…co$t$ millions and millions… he said ” We’ll never use more foreighn oil than we did in 1978 ” how’s that working ?

Rats are Rats

November 16th, 2011
3:02 pm

Rats off a sinking ship…Douglas is going where he thinks he has the best chance to be “in the know” and out talking to folks so he can run for something again. If I’m Newt’s Ga folks, I’m saying no thank you!

Frederick Douglass

November 16th, 2011
3:04 pm

Cujo Bendi

Looks like a manager at Golden Corral.

Too funny, you nailed it. Put some runover sensible shoes on him, and he’s there.

Eric

November 16th, 2011
3:04 pm

@ Independent. Crawl back under that rock. Your opinion doesn’t matter. (Nor does your vote).