ABC News this morning is passing around what’s likely to be the most popular video clip of the day, of Mitt Romney touting his Washington connections and understanding of government financing during a 2002 run for governor of Massachusetts:
Says Romney: “I am big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in Washington.” The clip:
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich woke up on the Georgia coast this morning. A fundraiser was on the immediate agenda, according to the Savannah Morning News:
The Chatham Club at the hotel is the venue for a $500-per-person reception and luncheon for the former Georgia congressman and House speaker.
Gingrich hopes to rake in “all the money he can get” as he gears up for Tuesday’s GOP Georgia primary, said Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah.
…About 30 people are expected to attend today’s event, arranged by a firm co-owned by Denise Deal, Gov. Nathan Deal’s top fundraiser. She is the governor’s daughter-in-law.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at the contents of a Mitt Romney-affiliated super PAC ad, in which former business partner Robert Gay crediting Romney with helping reunite Gay with his daughter after she went missing.
Some interesting lines from the Rick Santorum camp in Nashville, via the Associated Press:
Top adviser John Brabender says Santorum’s future may depend upon Gingrich leaving the race. The former House speaker is showing no signs of bowing out, certainly not before next week’s Super Tuesday voting.
“If we could ever make this where we have all the conservatives and tea party supporters behind us as one candidate against Mitt Romney, we’ll win the nomination,” Brabender said Wednesday as the Santorum campaign recalibrated after finishing a disappointing second in Michigan’s primary.
Santorum and Gingrich are appealing for support from the same bloc of conservative voters. In Michigan, where Gingrich didn’t actively compete, the former speaker earned more than 6 percent of the vote. Romney beat Santorum by roughly 3 percentage points.
As Super Tuesday nears, Gingrich’s campaign is focusing on Georgia, the state he represented in Congress for 20 years, and a handful of other delegate-rich states. A Gingrich spokesman confirmed Wednesday that there’s been no pressure from Santorum’s camp to leave the race.
The Port of Savannah has clearly become a focal point in Gov. Nikki Haley’s deteriorating relationship with her legislature. From the Associated Press:
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina legislators have easily overridden Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of a bill designed to boost their efforts to invalidate a permit allowing Georgia to expand its Savannah port.
The Senate voted 39-0 on Thursday to override, following a 111-1 vote in the House.
The law retroactively suspends the Department of Health and Environment Control’s ability to make dredging decisions regarding the Savannah port. It reiterates a 2007 state law giving the Savannah River Maritime Commission authority over navigability issues in the river.
Haley’s veto message says the measure amounts to legislative overreaching, while having no practical effect. Legislators say her contradictory argument makes no sense. They have roundly criticized her intervention in asking her DHEC board to hear Georgia’s appeal of the agency’s initial denial.
Neither Haley nor the U.S. Corps of Engineers is commenting on the implications of the action.
We were remiss in pointing out the situation when it arose earlier this week, so we direct you to this editorial from the Savannah Morning News:
Let’s hope authorities find and arrest the vermin who threatened the life of State Rep. Ann Purcell, apparently over a proposed law that would make it legal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
The Rincon Republican, who chairs the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee, acknowledged Wednesday that she’s been getting death threats.
Given last year’s attempted murder of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by a lunatic gunman, they must be taken seriously. Sadly, these are the times we live in. Pray that state troopers at the Georgia Capitol are on alert.
Ms. Purcell’s panel is rightly taking its time on a measure, proposed by State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, that would remove the modest permit requirement for Georgians who want to carry concealed weapons.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider