This morning, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, was talking about GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney and New Hampshire with Tim Bryant of WGAU (1340AM) in Athens.
The import of Woodall’s remarks might be lost if you don’t remember that he was once chief of staff for congressman John Linder – who was one of Newt Gingrich’s top lieutenants during his tenure as U.S. House speaker.
Bryant began the conversation by asking Woodall whether Romney was conservative enough for him. Said the rookie congressman:
“The short answer is no. The longer answer is, he had to build a record in Massachusetts. And you’re not going to find anyone who built a record in Massachusetts who’s conservative enough for me.
“I appreciate folks who listen to their constituents, and I believe that Mitt Romney was listening to his constituents during his time there. That’s why South Carolina is so important to me. Those folks think a lot like I think.
“And if Mitt Romney can come down to South Carolina – I know he’s talking with folks in coffee shops there, like we do not get in the great state of Georgia. If he can persuade them of his conservative credentials, that will go a long way toward persuading me.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider