Newt Gingrich’s Georgia backers in Congress say they’ll stick with him

This just arrived from my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy in Washington:

You could almost hear Tammy Wynette playing in the background as Newt Gingrich’s backers among Georgia’s House Republicans stood by their man and his Lost Cause on Wednesday.

Never mind the endorsement that Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gave Mitt Romney a day earlier.

In interviews off the floor of the House, Marietta’s Phil Gingrey, Coweta County’s Lynn Westmoreland and Tifton’s Austin Scott declined to declare the Republican presidential primary finished in the aftermath of Rick Santorum’s exit from the race last week.

Not that any of them gave Gingrich much chance of success. The backing was more due to the precious notion of loyalty for a man who once represented the state in Congress. Gov. Nathan Deal said much the same thing on Tuesday.

“I’m very enthused about the 99.9 percent likelihood that our nominee will be Mitt Romney,” said Gingrey, whose district covers much of Gingrich’s old territory. “But I can’t in good conscience pull my support that I’ve committed to until Newt says, ‘I’m not in the race anymore.’”

Gingrey noted that Gingrich had sought advice from his small band of congressional backers — which also includes Roswell Rep. Tom Price and Savannah Rep. Jack Kingston — during a Capitol Hill meeting last month.

Gingrey that acknowledged that Gingrich has virtually no hope of success, and that his continued presence could have an impact on Romney’s general election campaign. It “leaves us in that kind of a bind, but I understand from his perspective,” Gingrey said.

Scott said he could support Romney, but “those of us who are conservative still want to see commitments on how we’re going to balance the budget and other things.” Scott reiterated that as long as Gingrich is in the race, he will continue to support him.

Westmoreland said Gingrich can continue to get a unique anti-Obama message out, and pointed out that remaining in the race gives the former U.S. House speaker a higher profile and more opportunities for television appearances.

As for his own approach to Gingrich, Westmoreland channeled Wynette: “My man’s still in the race, and I’m going to stick with my man. I just think once you get with somebody, you need to stick with him.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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66 comments Add your comment

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 18th, 2012
3:44 pm

“He’s got a pretty mouth. We like a pretty mouth. Fire up the banjo Jedidiah….”

Centrist

April 18th, 2012
3:52 pm

Former constituents (like td) have mostly released their past loyalty due to Gingrich’s lobbying, marital adventures, convenient Catholic conversion, attacks on Romney, and his big mouth. His swan song is being cut short by the Vaudeville hook pulling him offstage (purposeful mixed metaphor).

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 18th, 2012
3:58 pm

@Strawman – “I’m gonna make like a tree…and get out of here…”

Carole

April 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

This is only one reason Georgia is known for its nuts. Most of these guys are some of the most right-wing members of Congress. I use to think that Gingrey and Price, being doctors had more sense. But over the past few years they have proven that is not the case.

pb

April 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

Well, it is admirable they have loyalty to Newt. But it does not really matter that much if they support him or not. He is through, whether he wants to admit it or not. Maybe he is hanging around to try to save face, and raise a little more money ? But who is going to give money to a guy who has no chance?

Father A. Long

April 18th, 2012
4:19 pm

What a revolting development this is!

Ellen_L

April 18th, 2012
4:34 pm

The primaries are NOT over, Romney does not have it wrapped up.
You were all talking that Santorum could win if there were not a split in the conservatives. Now there isn’t. Are you all so afraid of Newt Gingrich that you must declare him dead before the end of the primaries? Even before we know where Santorum’s delegates will vote?
Many people are for Gingrich because we think this election matters and he is the only one who has the ideas and political know how to make a positive change to counteract the negative ones Pres Obama and his crowd have done. We are serious thinkers who care more about the real issues and the principles America has stood for than the trivial nonsense the media has been focusing on this week.

jconservative

April 18th, 2012
4:35 pm

“Newt Gingrich’s Georgia backers in Congress say they’ll stick with him”

Why?

Rational reason, not the drivel I just read.

dragonlady

April 18th, 2012
4:35 pm

These replies don’t seem to realize the dire straight this country is in and even considering electing a former democrat back into the White House to save our country is preposterous!

Edward

April 18th, 2012
4:39 pm

@Ellen_L: “serious thinkers”???? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Oh my, now I’m laughing so hard I have tears.

Shine

April 18th, 2012
4:42 pm

Who cares what that commie flag changer Austin Scott thinks.

Marlboro Man

April 18th, 2012
4:42 pm

Enter the state of GA from any other state and the road automatically gets worse, do GA legislators care about the state and its image.

Centrist

April 18th, 2012
4:42 pm

Ellen_L posted “Romney does not have it wrapped up….We are serious thinkers”.

Those two statements in the same post are diametrically opposed. Sometimes reality sux, but to be serious – it has to be acknowledged.

pb

April 18th, 2012
4:42 pm

Sorry to all the above “conservatives” who still support Newt, but it looks like Romney is the man. Whether we like it or not. And saying Newt still has a chance is kind of delusional at this point. We have to hold our noses and vote for Romney; otherwise Obama will surely get re-elected. Bitter reality of it.

Songer

April 18th, 2012
4:44 pm

People have no clue who Newt Gingrich really is. They hear all the gossip and the lies and are totally misled by the media… It’s interesting that those who haven’t had much exposure to him, and just know him from the media hate his guts…Whereas those who take the time to actually listen to him, watch him debate, learn about his past record and policies, those people become huge supporters of his.

Songer

April 18th, 2012
4:46 pm

Not true PB. We have no clue who the majority of republicans really want and like, because the media is constantly ramming Romney down our throats, constantly manipulating all sorts of polls and distorting the facts to make it appear as though Newt is the “LOST CAUSE”. They paint him as a looser in order to sway those who want Obama out to pick Romney.

honested

April 18th, 2012
4:48 pm

Things have changed since I was a child in this state.

Back then our motto was not ‘Losers and always in last place’.

and to ’songer’.

Only when I was around the man for a while several years ago did I come to know what a self-absorbed, dangerous gasbag noots really was. He loves to talk and get paid to espouse his ‘ideas’, if only he would accept that most of his ideas are crap.

Songer

April 18th, 2012
4:50 pm

The bitter reality is that if not for all the distorted biased media, as well as Romney’s millions of dollars of lies about Newt, Newt would be the undisputed front-runner. And the bitter reality is, even today, we don’t know how many people really would prefer Newt to Romney, but just buy into the media’s “he-doesn’t-stand-a-chance” attitude and therefore don’t publicly back him.
Until a nominee reaches 1144 delegates, it remains open… So here’s hoping…

honested

April 18th, 2012
4:51 pm

‘With friends like these’ The President can probably count on 325 electoral votes.

pb

April 18th, 2012
4:52 pm

Songer,

Hate to disagree, but we do know who the majority of Republicans want (so far), and it sure “ain’t” Mr Gingrich.

Songer

April 18th, 2012
4:52 pm

Really…? His ideas are crap? Name one!

Centrist

April 18th, 2012
4:53 pm

@ Songer – Gingrich couldn’t get along with most of his GOP House members who were about to give him the boot from his Speakership before he decided to resign from Congress. He treated his first two wives like dirt. He cashed in and lobbied for Fannie Mae. His politically timed Catholic conversion is questionable. He attacked Romney relentlessly (and is still doing so). His outsized ego and ambition gets in his (and our) way so as to negate his intelligence, policies, and ideas. This is not gossip.

Songer

April 18th, 2012
4:57 pm

Pb, What we know is that until Romney gets to 1144, he not the nominee! And once people get the chance to see the patriotic Newt, who has devoted his life to American causes, writing books, making films, starting think tanks etc… when people see a true, genuine patriot like him, stand next to someone like Romney who appears so stiff and scripted because he can’t portray himself as a conservative without carefully avoiding this topic, and subtly manipulating away from that topic, he has so much to hide… when people see these 2 in stark contrast, I think they will overwhelmingingly go for Newt.

honested

April 18th, 2012
4:58 pm

songer,

From ‘con-act on Americans’ to ‘Moon Base Marietta’ and everything in between.

Don’t feel bad, other Americans have been fooled before, just ask the people of Antelope, Oregon.

td

April 18th, 2012
5:00 pm

Songer,

Even Newt knows it is over. I lived in Newt’s district, worked for his campaigns, put signs all over Cobb county for Newt, gave his campaign a money, was in his class at KSU and voted for him in Georgia for President and can tell you that there is no way he can be nominated President this year. It is nice that our Representatives still back him but I will beat that most of them are already working behind the scenes to help Romney defeat Obama.

Songer

April 18th, 2012
5:01 pm

Centrist, you are sounding like all the tired old lies that the media and Romney have rehashed over and over.
I would love to pick apart each argument one by one, but something tells me the bias here is too overwhelmingly against him.
We all see what we want to see.
If you want to know the truth, go LOOK HIM UP – HEAR HIM SPEAK for yourself.
And I just think it’s laughable that you think he “attacks Romney relentlessly”… the opposite is actually the case.

It looks like people need someone to hate, and don’t want to face the truth… It means they might have to change their mind and realise they were wrong… So they stick to believing the lies that have been spread…

Been fun but must go…

td

April 18th, 2012
5:03 pm

honested

April 18th, 2012
4:58 pm

Yes, do not feel bad about being fooled by the biggest con artist we have ever had in the White house. Your messiah and chief is laughing his butt off at how well he has you libs blinders attached.

Songer

April 18th, 2012
5:03 pm

just quickly, td, thanks for your support. And don’t give up. Don’t fall into the malaise that’s overtaken the country…

Some fights are truly worth fighting for.

Julia

April 18th, 2012
5:04 pm

paddle faster, i hear banjos playing

Centrist

April 18th, 2012
5:10 pm

To the diehard Gingrich supporters: Gingrich has been a very polarizing political figure, and if he can’t win the Republican nomination from the right – he CERTAINLY can’t win a general election. Same goes for Santorum.

Stay home on election day, vote for Romney, vote for Obama, vote for the Libertarian, write-in a name, or leave that part of your ballot blank – but understand that either Obama or Romney is going get elected.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 18th, 2012
5:13 pm

@Songer – Gingrich left his wife…while she had CANCER. WHILE. SHE. HAD. CANCER.

All you need to know.

honested

April 18th, 2012
5:19 pm

I now understand what it must have been like to work next door to the ‘Kucinich For President’ office.

Most people new he didn’t have a chance, would never have voted for him and couldn’t comprehend why he wasted so much time and so much of other people’s money.

But then there were those with the blank, faraway stare.

Yep, thinking about it, the whole ‘nut for president’ thing is pretty much the same.

td

April 18th, 2012
5:23 pm

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 18th, 2012
5:13 pm

@Songer – Gingrich left his wife…while she had CANCER. WHILE. SHE. HAD. CANCER.

All you need to know.

Would you please stop the B411s41t lie once and for all.

Q: Did Newt Gingrich ask his former wife to sign divorce papers on her deathbed?

A: No. Jackie Battley is still alive, and the couple was already in divorce proceedings at the time of the 1980 hospital visit. But she was recovering from surgery to remove a tumor, and the former House speaker admits that they “got into an argument.”

FULL QUESTION

Did Newt Gingrich ask his former wife to sign divorce papers on her deathbed?

FULL ANSWER

For almost three decades, Newt Gingrich has been dogged by a story that he served his first wife divorce papers while she lay in a hospital bed battling — or in some versions dying from — cancer. It didn’t happen that way.

In fact, Gingrich, the presidential candidate and former House speaker, and his first wife, Jackie Battley, had already separated before she was hospitalized. He had filed for divorce, and she was seeking alimony and custody of their two children. And while Battley had earlier undergone cancer surgery, this time she was in the hospital recovering from surgery to remove a tumor that — according to one of the couple’s daughters — was benign. Battley isn’t talking to reporters, but she’s still very much alive.

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/12/the-gingrich-divorce-myth/

Wilmont Humperdink

April 18th, 2012
5:30 pm

I voted for Newt in the Georgia Republican Primary earlier this year. Clinton and Gingrich balanced the federal budget, and led a very stable period of peace and prosperity during the 1990s. The tragedy of their personal escapades is that it deprived the country of long-term resolutions to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security funding problems. They were both ready to deal.

Who knows what they could have done if they had mastered the morality of romantic self-restraint? I knew of Newt’s past when I voted for him, do not agree with his treatment of both wives, and thought, and still think, no matter his sincerity, that he is the best possible President given his track record as a national domestic leader. I voted for him based on the national needs at the moment, and also because I felt a sense of loyalty to someone who has done a great deal for the country. All great leaders have flaws, some very deep, but what matters is what is best for the country at the moment.

JB

April 18th, 2012
5:38 pm

give it a few more weeks. You will be glad Newt stayed in. As Obama and Axelrod delve into Romney’s past, more will surface that will expose the lies. People have said that Newt has too much baggage, well, we know his baggage. We don’t know all of Romney’s, but we will and it will disqualify him. Just wait.

Bunklee (Sugar) Bunklee

April 18th, 2012
5:51 pm

Loot God-rich aka Cool Hand Loot has been “thinking about what America should do since 1958.” Just because the gentleman hasn’t given us anything useful to date does not mean anything. Let us give the benefit of the doubt. Surely this nobleman, the smartest man in the world, still has a plan to become POTUS and then Emperor-for-Life. Shall we anticipate it? Indeed.

sheepdawg

April 18th, 2012
6:03 pm

trio of idiots sticking by their idiot

sheepdawg

April 18th, 2012
6:04 pm

td, the gop basis of support is the uneducated redneck white males in the south

honested

April 18th, 2012
6:14 pm

Bunklee,

Nail on head.
Aside from stand there (after the hard work on appropriate tax increases had already been done in 1993) and take over when the theocrats (I mean repugs) cast aside Bob Michel, what has nut getrich really, ever accomplished?

Not hype or blather, what has he done that worked FOR the American People?

Proud Voter

April 18th, 2012
6:19 pm

“Birds of a feather really do flock together.” What else could we have expected?

Centrist

April 18th, 2012
6:19 pm

The jerk, coward liberal td screen name stealer is back. It will take other liberals to successfully call him out.

JB posted “As Obama and Axelrod delve into Romney’s past, more will surface that will expose the lies.”

As if the liberal media, McCain, Huckabee, Gingrich, Santorum staffs haven’t already done opposition research. Romney has been fully vetted and all they have got is that he is a Mormon, rich (self-made), worked his way up to CEO of Bain Capital which does consulting/ re-organization with distressed companies, compromised as Governor of liberal Massachussets and the Democratic legislature, and has straddled social issues.

Jesus

April 18th, 2012
6:23 pm

Centrist, you will get the fate you deserve!

Scalabrini Ortiz

April 18th, 2012
6:29 pm

Wow, idiotic Georgia repukelicans in congress sticking by fat-ass Gingrich. No wonder this state is so screwed-up. Get a clue, Newt ain’t gonna be the nominee. The rest of the country ain’t that stupid.

Centrist

April 18th, 2012
6:30 pm

@ Jesus – You are as fake as the fake td – probably the same jerk.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 18th, 2012
7:31 pm

@Totally Dumb, I’m sorry.

He left his wife WHILE SHE HAD CANCER. She’s not dead. Hooray. Also this little tidbit from your link:

“Correction, Dec. 27: Our original headline on this item incorrectly stated that the couple had “agreed” to seek divorce prior to the hospital visit, and one line in the body of our original article also stated incorrectly that both “were planning” to divorce. As the actual court papers now make clear, Battley was contesting the divorce and the two were negotiating a settlement.”

Oh, and he’s left his wife while committing adultery…TWICE.

Republicans are disgusting.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 18th, 2012
7:32 pm

@Strawman – No more fake than your Centrism….

Look before I leap...

April 18th, 2012
7:40 pm

To those still holding out hope for a Gingrich comeback:
There is still a chance one of the following events could occur that catapults him to the nomination:

In Descending order of likelihood:

1. A satellite falls out of orbit and knocks Romney into a coma
2. Fox News gets and airs video of Mitt playing nude slap and tickle with 3 Boy Scouts
3. Jesus holds a press conference on the steps of the Capitol and publicly endorses Newt.

Look before I leap...

April 18th, 2012
7:44 pm

Mr Galloway, is there nothing you can do about the numbnutz trolling on here as the fake “td”?

One tango delta is quite enough thank you.

Look before I leap...

April 18th, 2012
7:59 pm

@Songer

“I would love to pick apart each argument one by one, but something tells me the bias here is too overwhelmingly against him.”

That is a total cop out.
Newt has had 4 months of primaries (plus the 6 month run-up to primary season last year).

In that time, voters have had the chance to pull a lever by his name 31 times.
He has won 2 states, finished 2nd 4 times and 3rd or worse 25 times.
Due to his campaign being so thoroughly disorganized, he did not even make it onto primary ballot in 2 states.

This is not the track record of a winner and to blame his miserable primary showing on the media is laughable.

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