Gingrich campaign declares Rick Santorum has a ‘Jimmy Hoffa problem’

In a sign of where Newt Gingrich thinks he can – or needs to – gain ground, his GOP presidential campaign on Thursday launched a round of robocalls in both Oklahoma and Tennessee, accusing Rick Santorum of being a union lackey.

My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy, who has been traveling with Gingrich, says campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond has been trying out a new line, saying Santorum must deal with his “Jimmy Hoffa problem” — explaining “why he tried to bury his big-labor voting record in the end zone of this primary.” The robocall is Gingrich’s first paid-media swipe at Santorum.

Both Oklahoma and Tennessee, like Georgia, are Super Tuesday states. In two recent Tennessee polls, Gingrich has placed third and fourth, while Santorum has had a strong lead.

Here’s the audio of the Gingrich robocall – the photo by AJC photog Brant Sanderlin is of Santorum at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport near Atlanta earlier this afternoon:

The text:

Female narrator: “On the campaign trail, Rick Santorum talks a good game about his blue-collar roots, and about being for the average family.

“But here’s the record Rick Santorum doesn’t want you to know about: As a senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum cozied up to the labor union bosses, and voted for the AFL-CIO, and against a national right-to-work bill that would have let workers opt out of paying union dues – union dues that hurt families and small businesses.

“Rick Santorum: Friend of working families, or the union bosses’ pal? You decide. Paid for and authorized by Newt 2012.”

Santorum has said he supports right to work laws but he did not want to override his own state of Pennsylvania, which did not have a right-to-work law. Georgia and most Southern states do.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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roughrider

March 1st, 2012
7:00 pm

I wonder if Newt, in relation to his $2 a gallon gas, thinks there is oil on the moon? He could be planning for his ” moon colony ” to drill.

The Snark

March 1st, 2012
7:08 pm

These guys are starting to remind me of the Soviets under Stalin. They don’t just accuse each other of being sympathetic to the “other side” — they make completely off-the-wall accusations that their opponents are actively supporting the other political extreme a traitors in disguise.

Show trials, anyone?

come on baby, light my fire

March 1st, 2012
7:10 pm

These two guys are not doing society any favors by prolonging their self promotion tours under the guise of politics. In the process of preying on the intellectually challenged, they are validating and thus perpetuating their distorted views of reality.

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Fifty something

March 1st, 2012
7:25 pm

Can we keep these guys going. The media is making with ad revenues. Watching them I have become more religious hoping God will give them a clue.

Obama is a LYING CROOK

March 1st, 2012
7:44 pm

ANYONE but Obama would be ok with me…..Obama is a Buffoon who is taking Anerica in the way Wrong Direction

td

March 1st, 2012
7:47 pm

You libs have short memories. The Democratic primary 4 years ago were just as bad the only difference was the so-called MSM did not seem to want to cover every gaffe and misspeak like they are doing to the Republicans and they are also running their own hit pieces.

KB

March 1st, 2012
8:00 pm

A Republican who is a labor union lackey. Now that is original mud slinging.

jezel

March 1st, 2012
8:07 pm

The GOP candidates are a bunch of clowns…to put it mildly. Is this the best you have to offer? What will emerge from the ashes of this outdated, out of touch, mean spirited group of haters? The quicker you cut your losses and rid yourself of the trash in the party..the sooner you will be a relevant party again. And America needs an option.

Newts 4th Wife

March 1st, 2012
8:16 pm

You reckon these fine upstanding Ga Christian hypocrites are going to vote for Newtie, the serial adulterer and liar, whilst proclaiming the love the Lord and follow his commandments,lol?

td

March 1st, 2012
8:19 pm

jezel

March 1st, 2012
8:07 pm

And 4 years ago the Dems were not a bunch of clowns? Dodd, Biden, Clinton, Dennis K and Hilary? Obama is the least experienced President we have ever elected and has proved without a shadow of a doubt that he is clueless.

come on baby, light my fire

March 1st, 2012
8:20 pm

jezel,
The republican B-team candidates are a bunch of self-promoters, who are only in it for personal financial gain. They play their fans like fiddles. Palin parlayed her charade into millions.

td

March 1st, 2012
8:21 pm

Newts 4th Wife

March 1st, 2012
8:16 pm

Tell us how many of the dumb masses are going to vote for Obama in November. I would prefer a conservative adulterer over a socialist any day of the week.

KENS DOBS

March 1st, 2012
8:27 pm

Only a true Buffoon would call President Obama a Buffoon, and taking America in the wrong direction, for successfully;
1-saving America’s banking and auto industry from collapsing,
2-providing healthcare for every American,
3-eradicating more terrorist than any other president, including the worlds #1 terrorist,
4-creating more jobs in 1yr, after inheriting the nations worst economy since the great depression, than Bush did in 8yrs,
5-making the world safer by getting North Korea to disband it’s nukes,
6-getting American companies and jobs back to the US etc.

td-Libs(liberals) 1-ended slavery, 2-ended segregation, 3-made discrimination illegal, 4-created the child labor laws, the womens sufferage act, social security, voting rights act, civl rights act, etc. All of the aforementioned was opposed by conservative minded morons like you. So when you call someone a lib(liberal) you’re talking about intelligent forward thinking individuals who aren’t encumbered by the burden of racism and it’s accompaning ignorance and utter stupidity. WE WEAR THE LABEL WITH PRIDE.

WOW

March 1st, 2012
8:27 pm

TD:

Some differences. In 08, we liked both of our candidates. Although I lean to the left, I have plenty of conservative friends and they don’t like any of the candidates. Clinton and Obamam s had tough ads against each other, but they were based on issues. Which is why there was record turnout in primaries preparing for the General Election.

The tone of what the Republicans are doing to themselves this time can be seen in the fact that there turnout has been down in virtually every state that will matter in November.

sheepdawg

March 1st, 2012
8:30 pm

the demise of the racist, religious zealots, homophobic GOP is such a joy to watch

come on baby, light my fire

March 1st, 2012
8:44 pm

@ sheepdawg
It seems almost scripted. The sheeple are coughing up a lot of money for these clowns.

Big Hat

March 1st, 2012
8:54 pm

td: I would prefer a conservative adulterer….

So, if Newt is elected, would that make Callista the “First Tramp”? and you would be “ho” kay with that?

jezel

March 1st, 2012
8:54 pm

td…then put up a candidate that at least acts like they have some sense….this is not the GOP I have ever voted for. The tea party group is about as much GOP as Hitler was pro Jewish.

Media

March 1st, 2012
8:54 pm

funny how all of the GOP neocons want to blame the media for their slate of weak and flawed candidates, yet Drudge, Breitbart, and Fox have broken many of the negative stories on Cain, Palin, Bachmann, and others. Which is it guys?

md

March 1st, 2012
8:57 pm

Anyone but Obama. Obama has to go.

BIg Hat

March 1st, 2012
8:58 pm

Rick Santorum at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport: why can’t we have a Lauren Scruggs moment when we need it?

Media

March 1st, 2012
8:58 pm

One more thing – Obama is the WORST president ever – yet the GOP fatcats are raking in the dough with Wall Street at record levels. The DOW and S&P are rockin to new highs. North Korea is folding. Bin Laden is dead. Unemployment is slowly receding. Yeah, there is a long way to go, but all is not broken with this administration. Interest rates are still very low as well and the banks are starting to lend money again.

It will be an interesting general election. There will be a few swing states that decide it all – FL, OH, PA, and a couple of others. GA, MA, CA, NY, TX – those states are already decided red or blue, so all of this chatter about the presidential election is meaningless really. We need to talk more about congressional seats than anything…

Media

March 1st, 2012
8:59 pm

Big Hat – that’s just uncivil…

td

March 1st, 2012
9:02 pm

WOW

March 1st, 2012
8:27 pm

You are not remembering the same primary I am remembering. I remember the women for Hilary ready to jump on the John McCain bandwagon and was it hot Hilary’s campaign the first one to start the birther movement? Did not the Obama people call Bill a racist?

It was just as dirty behind the scenes the only difference is the media chose not to run the negative aspects of the primaries.

td

March 1st, 2012
9:15 pm

Media

March 1st, 2012
8:58 pm

Those Wall street people placed most of there money with Obama in 2008. There are more lib fat cats at WS then there are conservatives.

You are correct that there is 13 states that will settle the election and GA is not one of them. The Independents in those states are white suburban married women with children. This group likes Obama personally but they dislike his policies (Obamacare, stimulus). My own personal thoughts are that the deciding factor could be gas prices. These are soccer moms that drive big SUV’s and am not going to like those $100 bills they drop a couple times per week.

As far as the House of Reps races in the state. There is only one race that will be contested in the state (Barrow D). The rest of them (R and D) will win their districts by over 60% of the vote.

RGB

March 1st, 2012
9:33 pm

Kenny,

Do you read anything? I mean, anything at all? Ever?

It is difficult to take the Evil Left seriously.

Suggestions: Take a couple of econ courses and grab a subscription to the Wall Street Journal.

Listen to Mark Levin at 6pm on WGST. Do this for 6 months, then come back here and report in.

And wean yourself from the government largesse. It’s just like crack man.

hl

March 1st, 2012
9:34 pm

How can you tell when TD is losing an article..He brings up but Obama and Clinton.. just wow
It’s getting old. Maybe Rush can help you out cuz he is starting to use bigger words.

hl

March 1st, 2012
9:37 pm

Gingrich was raised in a family that depended on military (government) pay and Santorum was raised in a blue collar family. The only one that was remarkably different was Romney. (silver spoon and all)
To me it seems like a silly argument but it’s the same argument we’ve had for the last century. It’s the reason the silver spooners stay ahead.

honested

March 1st, 2012
9:41 pm

Poor nut, it had to happen.
The public speaks and he doesn’t like it.
So, it is no surprise that he is back to normal with whacko ideas and springs popping out of his head when he speaks.
I guess I’ll have to vote for sans-scrotum on Tuesday because nut’s chances of second place in November are long past.

honested

March 1st, 2012
9:43 pm

td,

As I have pointed out to you before, being a ’soccer mom’ is no excuse for driving a 7 mpg vehicle.
There are plenty of fuel efficient options for hauling the little hooligans around.
If you don’t like the price of gas, don’t use so much.

BRW

March 1st, 2012
9:50 pm

td lays another lame t_u_r_d

BRW

March 1st, 2012
9:51 pm

6 months of Mark Levine and he would report to an asylum…get serious.

Bigguy

March 1st, 2012
10:16 pm

I wonder if Obama has ever bought a gallon gas? Has he ever driven a car? Owned a car. Has anyone ever seen him ride a bicycle? He’s so different it’s hard to believe he’s American.

ld

March 1st, 2012
10:18 pm

Rick’s problem is he likes the sound of his own voice too much — so much he doesn’t listen to how STUPID the content of what he is saying sounds.

td

March 1st, 2012
10:18 pm

honested

March 1st, 2012
9:43 pm

Like I have said before it does not matter what they should or should not be driving. The only thing that matters is who are they going to blame?

Cyn

March 1st, 2012
10:19 pm

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

td

March 1st, 2012
10:22 pm

ld

March 1st, 2012
10:18 pm

The real problem you and most dems do not like about Rick is that he believes in the family. Mom, dad married with children all living in the home, going to church on Sunday and being active participants in the education process is the best and most successful way to make America strong. Any other arrangement only makes America weak.

Travis McGee

March 1st, 2012
10:24 pm

Santorum, Gingrich and Romney: the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight!

Ok I'll play along

March 1st, 2012
10:27 pm

td what part of Obamacare are you opposed to? in the fall you will vote for romney and his Mass. coverage was the blueprint for Obamacare.

Josh Billings

March 1st, 2012
10:27 pm

@td : You’re problem in not that you don’t know, but that you know so much that ain’t so!

Ok I'll play along

March 1st, 2012
10:28 pm

td…are you crazy you just described the family situation for the Obama’s!! what are you preoccupied looking at van sustern again?

Liann

March 1st, 2012
10:33 pm

Newt has a Jimmy Hoffa problem. He’s one of the disappeared, never to be seen again.

td

March 1st, 2012
10:34 pm

td

March 1st, 2012
10:36 pm

Josh Billings

March 1st, 2012
10:27 pm

We are all waiting patiently for your examples with proof?

td

March 1st, 2012
10:38 pm

Travis McGee

March 1st, 2012
10:24 pm

Santorum, Gingrich and Romney: the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight!

Tell us who we can contribute the following quote:

“If the stimulus is passed then unemployment will never get over 8%”

“The healthcare bill will lower the cost you pay for insurance”

td

March 1st, 2012
10:48 pm

Little off topic put it just proves the point I was making on the abortion bill debate yesterday:

“Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued. ”

“The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9113394/Killing-babies-no-different-from-abortion-experts-say.html

td

March 1st, 2012
10:50 pm

Maybe not totally off topic since this is what Rick is talking about and you secular humanist are bashing him on a daily basis for.

honested

March 1st, 2012
10:55 pm

td,

When it comes to the total cost of fuel consumption, they should put on their big girl panties and accept the ‘personal responsibility’ for excessive fuel consumption.

You understand that don’t you?

Ok I'll play along

March 1st, 2012
10:58 pm

td…try as you might. here’s the issue you and the repubs have. the POTUS has not done anything to cripple this country. has he been perfect spot on? no, of course not no one can nor has in the past. you are grasping at straws. what galls you the most his plan(s) is working or he keeps proving you and the naysayers wrong?