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