Never mind those D.C. Republicans — Nathan Deal says he’ll stick with Newt Gingrich

On one hand, members of the Georgia GOP delegation in Washington – who make up a great chunk of Newt Gingrich’s support in Congress – have this example to guide them today. From the Washington Post:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday seconded the House speaker’s earlier endorsement of Mitt Romney as the GOP’s presidential nominee, saying that the Republican Party is “unifying” behind the former Massachusetts governor.

“We’re all behind him,” McConnell told reporters in the afternoon, predicting an “incredibly close, hard-fought campaign.”

On the other hand, a few minutes ago, my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin asked Gov. Nathan Deal whether he were prepared to un-endorse Gingrich and line up behind Romney. Replied Deal, in John Wayne-like fashion:

“I stick with my friends until they decide to get out of the race.”

Here’s the question for U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston, Lynn Westmoreland, Austin Scott, Phil Gingrey and Tom Price: Which way do you go? And how quickly?

We posed a similar question to Eric Tanenblatt, one Romney’s key supporters in Georgia: Why would it matter whether prominent Republicans line up behind the likely nominee tomorrow — or July? Said Tanenblatt:

‘A lot can be done in three months. Our country is at a crossroads and this election will determine its future direction. The sooner the party unites behind our presumptive nominee, the stronger he will be heading into the general election.

“Our elected officials in Georgia have the ability to use their positions to articulate the differences between the President and our nominee. They can reach out to their constituents, political supporters and donors and encourage their engagement.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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32 comments Add your comment

Stupid is as Stupid does

April 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

So proud to have this clown as our Gov.

Marlboro Man

April 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

It is an aquired taste, eating crap that is…

Centrist

April 17th, 2012
3:38 pm

It simply does not matter WHEN Georgia Republican politicians abandon Gingrich’s dead presidential campaign and formally endorse Romney.

There is NO DOUBT they will by the time he is the official GOP nominee.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
3:43 pm

So let me get this straight….Republican candidate wins…Georgia is screwed. Democrat wins….Georgia is screwed (except whatever magic Kasim Reed is able to pull off by selling the souls of unarmed protesters)….

Yeah….sounds like Georgia.

sheepdawg

April 17th, 2012
3:49 pm

idiots tend to follow idiots, no suprise at all

Bob Loblaw

April 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

I’m 100% with the Governor on this one. You don’t cut and run on your friends.

td

April 17th, 2012
4:02 pm

You are so correct Bob. I supported Newt, gave money to his campaign and voted for him and will support him until he either withdraws or Romney wins outright. I will then give all my support and money to Romney. Loyalty still means something to some people.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
4:03 pm

@Table, Diningroom – You mean like Newt was loyal to his wife? That was dying….with cancer?

Kewel.

Rhett Butler

April 17th, 2012
4:05 pm

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

honested

April 17th, 2012
4:08 pm

For Georgia republicans, last place and losing candidates must hold some perverted allure.

WAW

April 17th, 2012
4:11 pm

If Mitch McConnell is for it, or him, or her, or that, then I know it is full of _ _ _ (choose your own expletive) and I against it, or him, or her, or that! Now I know who gets my vote! ‘Till the GOP gets rid of that Congressional pot of garbage the have now, I’ll stick with what we got.

Calhoun

April 17th, 2012
4:14 pm

Remember when the governor was in a tight runoff race in the Republican primary in 2010? Well, Mr. Romney took it upon himself to jump in that runoff and endorse Ms. Handel. This was absolutely none of Romney’s business until the Party primary was settled. I know from long experience that Nathan Deal does stick by his friends, and in this case he has extra reason to do so.

Eli

April 17th, 2012
4:15 pm

“loyalty still means something to some people.”

Spoken like a true authoritarian.

td

April 17th, 2012
4:23 pm

Calhoun

April 17th, 2012
4:14 pm

Excellent point that I had forgotten.

zeke

April 17th, 2012
4:42 pm

just shows you what an idiot romney is then to support handel

Centrist

April 17th, 2012
4:51 pm

For the life of me, I don’t understand Karen Handel endorsements. She never graduated from college, had little experience, and her primary platform was pro-life. I understand she was simply an alternative to Deal and had the female vote – but she was not executive/Governor material.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 17th, 2012
4:55 pm

@Strawman – Yes, but she was very helpful to Planned Parenthood in the first counter salvo in the Republican War on Women that highlighted how much Conservative Men hate women and how much Conservative Women hate themselves.

td

April 17th, 2012
5:39 pm

Off topic:

Americans making over $50,000 paid most of the federal taxes that were paid in the U.S. in 2010.

“According to statistics compiled from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the Tax Foundation, those people making above $50,000 had an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, and carried 93.3 percent of the total tax burden.”

“Out of the 143 million tax returns that were filed with the IRS in 2010, 58 million – or 41 percent – of those filers were non-payers.

In other words, only 85 million actually paid taxes.

But Tax Foundation data also shows that people who didn’t pay any income tax received $105 billion in refundable tax credits from the IRS.”

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/americans-making-over-50000-year-paid-933-percent-all-taxes-2010

td

April 17th, 2012
5:57 pm

thought it would take longer to pull out the race card but here is the first installment:

“Even with their modest variations, these four surveys paint a similar picture. Obama is largely holding the minority and college-educated white women who comprise two pillars of the modern Democratic base (along with young people.) But he is facing erosion among blue-collar white men and struggling to maintain even his modest 2008 support among the two swing quadrants in the white electorate: the college-plus white men and non-college white women.”

http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/04/four-recent-national-polls-inc.php

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 17th, 2012
6:05 pm

@TD – How about including Payroll taxes in there hmmm?

And tell blue collar white men that he’s losing them in Wisconsin or Michigan or Ohio.

Obama might be losing them in the SOUTH…but…frankly, who cares about the South? It should be expelled from the union.

Going Right

April 17th, 2012
6:12 pm

(AARON..) No more trying to argue with you. If Georgia is so distasteful, why the hell don’t you pack up and leave? Move to Europe where the livin’ is easy, the entire continent is your kinda Nanny State and you will find out hat taxation does to economies.
But, on to more pressing issues brought up by this blog. As a Conservative (and anti-Dimocrat) I punched the card for Deal – not because he was the better candidate or that I wanted to vote Republican, I did it to vote against the Dimocrat. Why not vote Libertarian? Every vote that does not get put on board for a Republican candidate (and, therefore, by a marginal candidate or Third Party, is a vote for a Dimocrat. Dimocrats (especially the pi$$ed-hued variety) will vote for a Dimocrat even if s/he is a philandering murderer or deadbeat.

zeke

April 17th, 2012
6:31 pm

there are good dems and good repubs, there are bad dems and bad repubs…..the book on presidents’ club by duffy being promoed on poltalk shows sheds some light on folks of differing philosophies helping one another on crunch issues. those are the folks we should be electing and coalescing behind something akin to simpson bowles plan

tim jones

April 17th, 2012
7:39 pm

It doesn’t matter! Romney can not beat Obama. The GOP establishment and the media shoved Richey Romney down our throats and millons of people fell for it again just like they did with McCain. This rich flip flopping moderate will never beat Obama. He want even win a debate. People are right to say Newt is the smartest qualified candidate in the race. But I can’t vote for him. It is unbelievable how big money and media convince people to vote for. The government is full of divorcees both man and women. Presidents have been know to cheat in office. Newt just got destroyed by a group of power hungry people that he pissed off cause he didn’t take their crap. He is the only one that can fix our problems. He is the only one that accomplished what we need now in the past. This country is going to fall flat on its face before we wake up and really see what is going on. Newt made mistakes personally. He made Senators and Congressman mad when he did what he had to do for a balanced budget. He got in their nest egg. Romney already told you he is not worried about poor people. You think Obama will tell you over and over again how Romney feels about the poor. He made that statement to quick and off the chest. That was the true Richey Romney coming out. At least Newt has owned up to his mistakes and openly discussed them in the appropriate way. Hell Romney just want answer question when he is put on the spot. He just jabbers and stutters. Newt is no different than all the rest of the elected officials when it comes to personal mistakes. What makes him different is he did his job and balanced a budget. He pissed people off when he did his job. When was the last time the budget was balanced? Now China owns most of the US. Politics is just amazing

td

April 17th, 2012
7:46 pm

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 17th, 2012
6:05 pm

@TD – How about including Payroll taxes in there hmmm?

What you call “payroll taxes” are really insurance payments that will be paid back to you one day. Income taxes is what takes care of running the country and most people making under $50,000 per year (50%) do not contribute to the nation.

zeke

April 17th, 2012
9:32 pm

wrong again. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/business/economy/14leonhardt.html

maybe you can understand that. on ss and maybe medicare these folks don’t live as long as wealthy and the wealthy get far more back than they paid in.

then let us not forget all the military that don’t make a lot of money…”they don’t contribute”….i think not. and my guess is they have given more numbers and blood to the defense of this country.

i could say more but i would be unkind

Question Man

April 18th, 2012
12:00 am

Is it possible that Governor Deal is not following the presidential election and is unaware that Romney will be the Republican candidate?

zeke

April 18th, 2012
12:39 am

he is still mad at him for endorsing handel or he knows he has little chance of winning

Edward Ruffin

April 18th, 2012
7:09 am

I’ll, hesitatingly, stick with Newt until the convention because I haven’t decided which 3rd party candidate I’m going to vote for if Romney gets the nomination.

Diehard

April 18th, 2012
9:54 am

Gov. Deal is first and foremost a gentleman and his word is his bond. Enough said.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 18th, 2012
10:22 am

@TD – You keep telling yourself that. The reason you and your allies keep bringing up that statistics is because you want to shift the burden of government on to the poor, when really, it needs to be shifted to the south. Make the south pay more than any other region of the country. Make it pay for the ignorance it has shifted on to everyone else.

@Going Wrong – ….I’m sorry, did you think I was having an ARGUMENT with an inanimate object? I was never ‘arguing’ with you in the first place. Republicans are, by and large, incapable of reason. I was amusing myself at your expense.

Dottie

April 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

Tim Jones! You are Right on the money concerning Newt!
As a NC supporter of Newt, He will get my vote!!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 18th, 2012
3:43 pm

@Dottie – Given the size of Newt’s campaign at this point, I believe you either ARE Newt or his wife or one of the children from a previous marriage that he left while she was dying of cancer.