Your morning jolt: Mitt Romney’s 2002 faith in Washington money

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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87 comments Add your comment

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
9:06 am

We don’t need to worry about terrorists from abroad. They walk here among us.

td

March 2nd, 2012
9:16 am

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
9:06 am

And the biggest one currently occupies the White House.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 2nd, 2012
9:16 am

That any American, woman or man, or Veteran, would ever even consider voting for such pandering fakes, and Vietnam draft-dodgers, as Gingrich and Romney, or Santorum, speaks to the effectiveness of Earthly Evil’s design on America, promoting such scum willing to pretend there isn’t something psychotically wrong in America: that Bush and Cheney, and their accomplices are allowed to walk free breathing our air though scientifically proven to have committed 9/11 after the homosexual psychopath draft-dodging son of one of JFK’s assassins, the grandson of Hitler’s Knight of Malta banker, Prescott Bush, was cheated into office with the patently unconstitutional ‘Bush v. Gore’ by only the Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court.

Thomas Jefferson, Our holy and righteous Nation’s Author, Founder, and Prophet, didn’t call their “team” “the real Anti-Christ,” “an engine for enslaving mankind,” without good and sufficient, and inspired, reason.

clyde

March 2nd, 2012
9:22 am

Mitt is a politician.He knows where the money is.

Brabender maybe should have worked for Bill Clinton.Just thinking,you know.

The anti gun crowd threatening the gun crowd??Somehow the Tea Folks will get the blame for this atrocity.

GaBlue

March 2nd, 2012
9:25 am

td needs her own blog: “Your Morning Hyperbole”

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
9:25 am

“The anti gun crowd threatening the gun crowd?”

More like the gun crowd threatening the gun crowd. The gun crowd wants it moved out of the committee. So yes the gun crowd will indeed get blamed for this atrocity.

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

So thirty sheeple will spend $500 to listen to Noot today. 30????

I can draw more than that with an offer of a slice of pizza.

Obvious

March 2nd, 2012
9:27 am

4 MORE YEARS! 4 MORE YEARS!

td

March 2nd, 2012
9:30 am

For any sane Democrats and moderates that really what to see the real secular humanist progressive agenda then just read the below and the article link.

“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

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
9:35 am

“td needs her own blog: “Your Morning Hyperbole””

Of course plain ol’ hyperbole wasn’t enough for td (9:16) GaBlue. His 9:30 lifts him up to the insanity level.

Tom

March 2nd, 2012
9:37 am

The Brits are going a bit far in that hypothesis (read it last night).

Then again, their original version of “The Office” is funnier than the colonies’ version….

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
9:41 am

I find it very hard to believe that td reads the Telegraph on a daily basis and found this article all by hisself. Wondering where today’s talking point originated? LOL

td

March 2nd, 2012
9:43 am

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
9:35 am

Are you trying to say that there are not progressives in the Democratic party that do not think the same thing as these British “Professionals” do? You can either be honest with us or show what a blind partisan you really are.

td

March 2nd, 2012
9:47 am

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
9:41 am

I take it you do not frequent the Drudge report? I also read the Huffington post and watch Morning Joe to see what the days Dem talking points are going to be.

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
9:49 am

td-I’m glad to hear you view multiple sites.

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
9:52 am

“For any sane Democrats and moderates that really what to see the real secular humanist progressive agenda then just read the below and the article link.”

According to your insanity td, real Christians will one day be members of the KKK. Christians will bomb abortion clinics and Olympic parks.

You tie this crazy theory to secular humanists? I can out do your crazy easily, you want to play this silly game? Bring it on.

Btw, Christianity will lead to meth binges and sex with massage therapists.

clyde

March 2nd, 2012
9:55 am

Danny X—I’ll stick to my guns until I hear different.

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
9:56 am

“Danny X—I’ll stick to my guns until I hear different.”

You didn’t read the link that Jim posted with the story did you clyde?

creative

March 2nd, 2012
9:58 am

hey Republicans, Wanna know how to lose us another election? Keep focusing on social issues. Thanks for losing us another election over things that don’t matter. Gay marriage, contraception etc. Why does anyone care what anyone else does??? Ron Paul 2012!!!

Centrist

March 2nd, 2012
9:59 am

Santorum’s campaign claiming that he could win the nomination if only Gingrich would drop out is hogwash. Romney is beating them both by significant margins, has a national campaign, majority of endorsements, and more contributors. He would also get some of the Gingrich vote.

Romney is now even with Santorum in the heavily unionized rust belt state of Ohio where Santorum has regionally targeted. Romney will once again get the lion’s share of proportional delegates next week in the Super Tuesday primaries. With east and west coast states voting later (especially New York and California) where Romney is strong – it does not bode well for even a brokered convention. That is why a vast majority of voters and pundits are convinced Romney will be the GOP nominee, even if the media is hyping it as a horse race in order to gain advertising dollars and Democrats are crossing over against Romney wherever they can.

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
10:04 am

Newspaper headline running throughout Georgia this morning…

Romney Associated With Gay Person!!

UGA 1999

March 2nd, 2012
10:10 am

Why do you guys feel that faith is such a HUGE issue in this debate?

Centrist

March 2nd, 2012
10:12 am

The GOP nomination is probably worthless against an incumbent Democrat who has such a large campaign war chest, media backing, and the power to pander to the half of voters who pay no taxes, unions, and government workers.

But gridlock should stop the irrational spending of Obama’s first 2 years when there was a Democratic Congress. George Will is often a flake, but he probably gets it right here:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73541.html

william henry talbot walker

March 2nd, 2012
10:16 am

The 64 thousand dollar question – why does anyone even read td’s posts, much less flatter him with rebuttals? Ignore all of his posts and he will take his ball and go home.

Road Scholar

March 2nd, 2012
10:17 am

UGA: After listening to the crap concerning”President Obama’s war on religion”, how can you ask that question with a straight face? It shouldn’t be an issue if politicians wouldn’t “wear their faith” on their shirt sleeve, and profess what others should be doing/thinking.

Road Scholar

March 2nd, 2012
10:19 am

william: We can only hope so!

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
10:20 am

It’s like a train wreck, we just can’t look away from the insanity!

Centrist

March 2nd, 2012
10:26 am

It is only Santorum and Gingrich wearing their Catholic religion on their sleeves. Romney and maybe Obama have religious faith, but it thankfully won’t be a general election campaign issue.

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
10:31 am

Oh dear-looks like Noot’s tramp is going to have to find another source for her baubles. Appears he is close to bankruptcy yet again. And spending cash he does not have. Buh bye Noot.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 2nd, 2012
10:33 am

And what “faith” would be Romney’s, theoretically? The kind that got him cravenly cheated past Vietnam by pulling strings in another state’s Mormon power structure to get him sent as a “missionary” to Europe to “save” the souls of heathens, until he drew a high lottery number so actual Americans who would be righteous men, by the millions, served honorably while American’s were fighting and dying under the flag in Vietnam? Is his “god” the god of hypocritical pansy fascists who send the “Man of the family” to Georgia in the person of Ann Romney, or is there a fool here who actually thinks Mitt Romney is a “man,” or that pandering Mammon-worshipping Romney’s wealth wasn’t achieved in a fundamentally dishonest and un-American manner?

Tom

March 2nd, 2012
10:36 am

If the Founders were around to witness all the gnashing of teeth over faith in electoral politics, they’d weep (or start trying to try and hang all of the theocracy-lovers).

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
10:38 am

td

March 2nd, 2012
10:43 am

william henry talbot walker

March 2nd, 2012
10:16 am

I have been on this blog way longer then you and will more then likely be on here way after you leave. I may take a break after Obama is defeated in Nov.

What is wrong you can not take the views of a conservative? Looks like you are the narrow minded one to favor censorship over the free exchange of ideas.

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
10:44 am

“I am big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in Washington.”

This is Mitt’s religion.

Centrist

March 2nd, 2012
10:45 am

Tom posted “If the Founders were around to witness all the gnashing of teeth over faith in electoral politics”.

That’s the truth. They were either secular humanists or Deists who revolted against the Church of England. At least today we have split religious faiths attacking each other and secular humanists instead of attempting to impose a single theocracy.

Tom

March 2nd, 2012
10:49 am

Centrist, many were actually Christians…..some very devout….but they recognized (by experience) the folly of those that would look to codify faith…any faith…..via the rule of law. Thus, we have a Constitution that is decidedly and deliberately secular.

honested

March 2nd, 2012
10:51 am

centrist,

“but thankfully it won’t be a General Election issue”.

Now there is a comment divorced from reality.
Why is it that a certain ‘faith’ has been flooding the airwaves for months with commercials that end in the statement ‘I’m bob, I drive a truck and I’m a _____”?

Could it be a frontal defense to the inevitable barrage of ‘magic underwear jokes’?

gm

March 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

This comes as no surprise Mitt is doing what hypocrites on the rep been doing for years, bashing Government but have their hands out.

All you anti gov hypocrites should the goverment (fema) give money to the tornando victims? or should they wait on Mitt, Donald Trump for help. I wonder if all those victims who were rep still believe in small gov once there fema checks comes.
This party of rep are a joke ”””

honested

March 2nd, 2012
10:53 am

Funny, when I was a kit, my grandfather was a ‘conservative’, but back then it was not a synonym for ‘delusional’.

deegee

March 2nd, 2012
10:59 am

Mitt, Mitt, sucking at the government tit.

Centrist

March 2nd, 2012
11:02 am

Tom posted “Centrist, many were actually Christians”

I don’t doubt that, or your stated reasons why they kept it out of our Constitution. But here are some revealing views from some of them:

Washington was a Deist and a Freemason rarely attended church, and deliberately left before communion, demonstrating disbelief in Christianity’s central ceremony.

James Madison said “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”

Thomas Paine – Author of “Common Sense” and “The Age of Reason” said “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church”

Thomas Jefferson said “Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.”

Benjamin Franklin said “I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies.”

Abraham Lincoln said “The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.”

td

March 2nd, 2012
11:02 am

gm

March 2nd, 2012
10:52 am

You posted this same thing on Kyle’s blog yesterday.

Where have you ever read that conservatives want to do away with all government? They want limited government, especially at the Federal level. The Federal governments primary Constitutional role is to protect the citizens so under your question FEMA would fall under those guidelines.

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
11:03 am

“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,”

Here’s another that makes you scratch your head. How does Santorum get any Tea Party support at all? His voting record as a Senator was the opposite of Tea Party positions. Must be the social issues.

Becky

March 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

Centrist-those were all very wise men. The “leaders” of today could learn a good lesson from them.

deegee

March 2nd, 2012
11:06 am

LOL! FEMA has constitutional authority to provide food and shelter after Mother Nature blows your house away. I’m sure the founding fathers saw that one coming.

DannyX

March 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

“The Federal governments primary Constitutional role is to protect the citizens so under your question FEMA would fall under those guidelines.”

Tell that to Gov Deal. He just accepted $500 million in “strings attached” federal education dollars after saying he would not accept them. Of course Deal was also the Tea Party favorite.

Georgia Values

March 2nd, 2012
11:09 am

Jason Spencer is a nut job. Will someone in Camden County with half a brain and the best interests of the state in mind please run for HD 180?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 2nd, 2012
11:11 am

Thomas Jefferson was an anointed prophet of the perfect, infinite, eternal, living, present, ineffable, invisible Creator, G-d of the universe, named “King of America”at Our holy and righteous Nation’s Founding. Any who care a fig for G-d or America would merely pick up a true copy of The Founder’s writings – particularly the “post road correspondence” with Adams – and “reconnect” with the Deity, him or herself. N.B. “Religion” means “reconnect,” and needs no homosexual priesthood of Babylon now ensconced in the Jewish and papist Fifth Columns of the Roman Anti-Christ which recently committed 9/11 against the sovereign People as abomination against G-d.

td

March 2nd, 2012
11:13 am

“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”
–America’s Providential History, p. 93. James Madison

td

March 2nd, 2012
11:15 am

This from all of you secular humanist saying Jefferson was one of you.

“I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
–The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.