Newt Gingrich to take a non-victory lap in Georgia

Slightly less than a year ago, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich launched his GOP campaign for the presidency with a speech before an assembly of the Georgia GOP in Macon.

Then he tanked. Then he resurrected himself. Then he tanked again. And got up again. And tanked again.

This week, it’s been pretty well established that Gingrich will abandon his debt-wracked campaign on Tuesday. At an event in the Washington D.C. area.

But never fear – the bookend is coming. Gingrich will be the twice-featured speaker at next month’s state GOP convention in Columbus, chairman Sue Everhart announced last night. The former Georgia congressman will speak at a May 18 dinner for party donors, then address the entire crop of delegates the next day – before the arguing begins over the final slots for the national convention in Tampa.

If we’re lucky, we’ll get a glimpse of the next, post-campaign edition of Newt Gingrich.

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By now, you’ve heard the friendly reception that Arizona’s law to drive out illegal immigrants received from the U.S. Supreme Court. From the Associated Press:

The United States could see an official about-face in the coming months in how it confronts illegal immigration if the Supreme Court follows through on its suggestion that it would let local police enforce the most controversial part of Arizona’s immigration law.

Obviously, this bodes well for HB 87, passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2011. But before you pop the champagne – if you’re so inclined – consider this:

Supporters of bills like HB 87 have consistently pointed to inaction by Congress as their motivation. A divided House and Senate have been unable to get their arms around the problem – and the presence of several million unlawful residents in this country.

A Supreme Court endorsement of the course chosen by Arizona, Georgia and other states could effectively remove what little pressure exists for Congress to tackle the issue. Which means a patchwork approach that could linger for years.

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One of the problems faced by opponents of the transportation sales tax in metro Atlanta and elsewhere is that there is no face to focus on. Arguing with project lists generates little heat.

A note arrived last night from Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown, who has become one of the more vocal opponents of the sales tax, trying to address this tactical problem. Wrote Brown:

If there were ever any doubts that metro Atlanta needs to take a deep breath and go back to the drawing board on the Transportation Investment Act, the appointment of 26-year old Toby Carr as State Transportation Planning Director should, pretty much, solidify things for you.

Sorry, guy. Carr is 34. A well-preserved 34, but not exactly wet behind the ears. A few paragraphs from my AJC colleague Ariel Hart’s backgrounding:

If the governor is to be closely involved, Carr apparently has the relationship with Deal to fulfill that role.

Carr served as Deal’s liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives, and as an aide to House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones when she was House majority whip. According to Deal’s office, Carr, of Decatur, graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor’s degrees in finance and in agricultural engineering.

Carr’s nomination requires approval by the House and Senate transportation committees, but Chairman Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, said he did not anticipate trouble for Carr in the House committee.

And from Deal spokesman Brian Robinson:

”As more and more people see the great need for transportation improvements in the metro Atlanta region, we can expect to see opponents resorting to even more outlandish personal attacks. Toby is the governor’s transportation policy adviser.

“He’s as well versed in the governor’s priorities and vision for transportation as anyone could possibly be. That’s what the job is. Governor Deal is committed — and he’s proven it — to investing in infrastructure that will get Georgia moving and prepare for the economic development needs of the future.

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Because good news from the Middle East is so rare, we offer this from the Washington Post:

Israel’s military chief said in an interview published Wednesday that he believes Iran will choose not to build a nuclear bomb, an assessment that contrasted with the gloomier statements of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pointed to differences over the Iran issue at the top levels of Israeli leadership.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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45 comments Add your comment

Look before I leap...

April 26th, 2012
10:43 am

While Newt is making this non-victory lap, perhaps he can do something worthwhile and pick up some of the trash on the roadways.

GaBlue

April 26th, 2012
11:12 am

Luckovich is hilarious!

Romegaguy

April 26th, 2012
11:12 am

Newt ran for President?

Jai

April 26th, 2012
11:20 am

Yeah, Newt picking up trash on Georgia’s highways is a good idea.And since the weather is changing, I’m sure he’ll be able to lose a few pounds while doing so!

Look before I leap...

April 26th, 2012
11:25 am

Regarding the immigration record verification and detention laws, are there any other statutes on Georgia’s books where local law enforcement is directed to act when federal law is violated?

For instance, when Trooper Jones pulls over a mini-van on I-95 with a hundred pounds of weed in the back, is there a STATE law that is cited for the arrest? Or is it a federal law that is cited and the case is turned over to the US District Attorney’s office?

Ryan Shakur

April 26th, 2012
11:43 am

sweet…im number six :) lovely day for comments!

Centrist

April 26th, 2012
11:52 am

As usual, only the AJC notices what Gingrich plans to do next.

Galloway blogged “A Supreme Court endorsement of the course chosen by Arizona, Georgia and other states could effectively remove what little pressure exists for Congress to tackle the issue. Which means a patchwork approach that could linger for years.”

In other words, little change unless a new President directs ICE to enforce the law.

Galloway further blogged “One of the problems faced by opponents of the transportation sales tax in metro Atlanta and elsewhere is that there is no face to focus on.”

Unless, of course, opponents focus on:

* The HUGE new tax.

* Transportation list based on maximizing votes instead of need.

* The tremendous waste of resources.

clyde

April 26th, 2012
12:01 pm

We got rid of you once before Newt.Good bye.Again.

I wouldn’t want to bet my life that Iran wasn’t going to build a nuclear bomb.

Should Arizona’s law stand,Congress will enact another law to nullify it.

Marlboro Man

April 26th, 2012
12:11 pm

Romney can forget about the brown vote since he is against their family of man as a supporter of the AZ law. Might be worth it to him.

Orry

April 26th, 2012
12:19 pm

Why doesn’t this nut just go away????? He is getting fatter by the day.

Orry

April 26th, 2012
12:20 pm

why in the world would the Brown’s vote for Romnwy anyways????? That is an oxymoron.

Centrist

April 26th, 2012
12:22 pm

clyde posted “Should Arizona’s law stand,Congress will enact another law to nullify it.”

Uh, clyde, the Republican controlled House of Representatives will never go along with such – hence it won’t happen.

@ Marlboro Man – Many who make up “the brown vote” support immigration laws since they are here legally. Their alignment with Democrats is based on economic status more than ethnicity. The bottom 49% of voters don’t pay income taxes, and a large portion are recipients of taxpayer subsidies – and their votes have been bought.

Newt is not

April 26th, 2012
12:25 pm

That Newt is still fodder for bloggers is a symptom of lazy writers completely out of material. (and lazy readers who should go back to comic books).

Shar

April 26th, 2012
12:30 pm

I wonder if perhaps a patchwork of immigration laws could annoy Congress’ corporate sponsors – the same folks who have fought to keep the existing laws from being enforced, whether by Republicans or Democrats – enough to force them to permit some rational approach to immigration reform? Business has had it all their way, with cheap labor and its attendant social service cost dumped on taxpayers, but if the AZ law threatens this profitable arrangement maybe they’ll finally push their tame cats in Washington to ‘fix’ it. Then we will watch the spectacle of Representatives and Senators trying to split in half, as most of their constituents want controls put in place and most of their masters want free access to labor that doesn’t demand anything.

Real Athens

April 26th, 2012
12:30 pm

Orry@12:20

Most Mexican immigrants who are here legally are hard-working, American dream believing, Catholics with a very strong sense of family and community. Culturally they’re a little different. They’re a perfect voting bloc for the GOP — if it wasn’t for the bigots keeping them out of their “sandbox”.

Southside Progressive

April 26th, 2012
12:32 pm

Only in this state (and maybe S. Carolina) does Gingrich continue to remain relevant. This hints at just how out of step Georgia is with the rest of the nation.

DannyX

April 26th, 2012
12:32 pm

“Many who make up “the brown vote” support immigration laws since they are here legally.”

Here legally thanks to President Reagan’s amnesty.

“The bottom 49% of voters don’t pay income taxes, and a large portion are recipients of taxpayer subsidies – and their votes have been bought.”

Again, thanks to President Reagan. What an awesome recruiter for the Democrats that Republican president turned out to be.

Look before I leap...

April 26th, 2012
12:32 pm

Uh oh.

More secret Secret Service Sexcapades:

http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2012/04/26/more-secret-service-sex-secrets-not-so-secret/

Now it gets really ugly….

Marlboro Man

April 26th, 2012
12:34 pm

Laws like the AZ law with cause legal brown immigrants to undergo undue questioning that others won’t have to go thru.

honested

April 26th, 2012
12:36 pm

To noots, what was the chorus of that old song?

Oh yeah, ‘don’t go away mad, just go away’!!

As for immigration, arrest the employers, seize the property they used in their criminal enterprises, auction it off to Citizens who will hire Citizens, make the whole affair VERY public.
What about this is hard to comprehend?

gm

April 26th, 2012
12:41 pm

Hey Georgia conservatives rep, you know how to pick them, out of 35 states Georgia is only the 2rd state to vote for this immoral person, and you wonder why the state is dead bottom in every catagory? Georgia rep voters now you know why the rest of the country think you are mayberry state.

Just saying..

April 26th, 2012
12:41 pm

Too bad Noot’s out. Luckovich has Calista down…..uh, wait….nailed…check that…uh…well, you know what I mean.

Carole

April 26th, 2012
12:47 pm

Newt is not
That Newt is still fodder for bloggers is a symptom of lazy writers completely out of material. (and lazy readers who should go back to comic books).
+++++++

The man is/was running for the highest office in the land, why wouldn’t people still be writing about him? Not to mention he is/was from Georgia; won the State in the Primary, and just last week GA legislators were still onboard with his campaign. Seems to me this is about current events, not laziness.

Centrist

April 26th, 2012
12:51 pm

@ Southside Progressive and gm – Lots of states/regions have “favorite sons”. Singling out Georgia and South Carolina is unfair, except THIS favorite son became tiresome to many of us (not enough) long ago. Why the AJC has been so fascinated is an open question.

The good news is that even the AJC will ignore him after the GOP convention.

Bob Loblaw

April 26th, 2012
1:50 pm

Toby Carr is a smart guy and as long as he does what the Governor wants him to do, then he’s doing his job.

jconservative

April 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

Why would anyone have the slightrest interest in anything Gingrich has to say?

Centrist

April 26th, 2012
2:39 pm

New AJC headline is wrong: Migrant Case Could Mean Big Change

First – they are ILLEGAL immigrants, not migrants.

Second, this is at the end describing little change unless Obama is defeated:

“A ruling [upholding the States] would let police question people about their immigration status if they have good reason to do so, but police would have to call federal authorities to see if they would want to pick up anyone found to be in the country illegally. If federal agents decline, officers would have to release the person, unless they were suspected of committing crimes, Spiro said.

If that happened, the law would be mostly symbolic.”

Debbie Dooley

April 26th, 2012
3:00 pm

Gov. Deal appointed a political crony that does not have the necessary training in the transportation field to oversee billions of dollars in transportation funding. T-SPLOST and the GA DOT are examples of crony capitalism at work…It is like hiring a clerk at Wal-Mart to run the Corporation….

Debbie Dooley

April 26th, 2012
3:03 pm

http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2012/04/25/deal-appoints-former-aide-to-important-gdot-post

Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday tapped Toby Carr, his transportation adviser and director of his transition committee, to become the all-important director of planning at the Georgia Department of Transportation.

If approved by the state House and Senate Transportation Committees, the Decatur resident — who, unlike his predecessor Todd Long, appears to have no formal training in transportation issues — will play a key role in deciding how $2 billion in gas tax revenues would be allocated on Georgia road projects.

Carr previously acted as Deal’s liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives and as an aide to Georgia House Majority Whip Jan jones under the Gold Dome. In addition, Carr was the former executive director of the Georgia Republican Party and a political consultant. According to Carr’s Linkedin profile, he also worked in sales at a flooring company and owned a construction management and consulting firm “with a primary focus on residential and light commercial flooring.” He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 with a degree in finance and agricultural engineering.

Centrist

April 26th, 2012
3:16 pm

Thanks Debbie Dooley – this sure doesn’t instill confidence in the attempted goat rope.

zeke

April 26th, 2012
3:18 pm

silly girl, they want people that will do what they are told to do. maybe finance degree will help some on evaluating funding/financing proposals.

Centrist

April 26th, 2012
3:21 pm

At least Carr got a degree 11 years ago in agricultural engineering to run this goat rope (suckering voters) to pass this pig (plastered with corporate make-up and government lipstick).

zeke

April 26th, 2012
3:24 pm

but one can’t help wonder if the new idiom is , those that can, do,; those that can’t go into politics

DannyX

April 26th, 2012
4:13 pm

Centrist you sure could learn something from Debbie Dooley. She seems to always stay loyal to her Tea Party values. If that means speaking out against the good ol’ boy Republicans in this state she does it, never fail. If it means working with “liberal enemies” on a common cause she does it. Agree with her or not she is no phony. A good leader.

I probably don’t agree with most of her politics but I sure respect her.

duke

April 26th, 2012
4:16 pm

The Democrats don’t want to enforce immigration laws. Illegal immigrants who can barely speak English, if at all, are registered to vote and then herded to the polls by the same Democratic operatives who sign them up for public benefits. In addition to the political calculation, this is a major part of the Left’s agenda to completely destroy the traditional American Christian culture, and to replace it with the global, multi-ethnic, atheistic culture of international socialism.

mars

April 26th, 2012
4:34 pm

I hope he wears coaching shorts for his victory lap. Scratch that. Newt and lap only belong in a sentence referencing lap dances.

Sallie

April 26th, 2012
4:47 pm

duke,

Would Jesus share your attitude toward immigrants.

GaBlue

April 26th, 2012
4:52 pm

duke @ 4:16,

May we ask where you got your information? Did you witness this? Participate? Hide in the bushes and film it, verifying the validity (or lack thereof) of the documents used to register voters?

More importantly, can you share with us the copy of “THE LEFT’S AGENDA” that you have managed to obtain on the DL, and show us the plans to “completely destroy the traditional American Christian culture, and to replace it with the global, multi-ethnic, atheistic culture of international socialism.?”

OR ARE YOU BEARING FALSE WITNESS IN VIOLATION OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS because you simply have nothing better to do with your time?

Just curious.

Julia

April 26th, 2012
4:56 pm

I’m sure Nootie Pootie’s non victory lap will also include a stop at Tiffanys.

DannyX

April 26th, 2012
4:59 pm

From yesterday’s Marietta Daily Journal,

“The Obama administration brags that it deported nearly 800,000 people in its first two years, which many would say constitutes a good start. That number is greater than the number deported during the George W. Bush administration–”

duke where do you get your stale talking points from?

Also, you do know that the Christian immigrants from the south are solid Catholics right? Does your Jesus only like English speaking Americans?

I'm Not a Newt

April 26th, 2012
5:30 pm

I Got Better.

Centrism

April 26th, 2012
5:31 pm

As a business owner, I will whine that the AJC doesn’t behave like my own personal fiefdom and cover my ‘centrist’ views as much as possible in the way I want. I also want Jim to come down and rub my feet.

Centrist

April 26th, 2012
6:28 pm

td – if you are reading this blog today, here is more about our California discussion from another blog:

Not mentioned in the linked article below is the fact that CA is obligated for a projected $500 billion (see LA Times article) in public employee pension obligations which they do not have. The CA constitution, however, requires that taxpayers fund these pension obligations.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304444604577340531861056966.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read

td

April 26th, 2012
7:02 pm

Centrist

April 26th, 2012
6:28 pm

Thank you, excellent article. When the taxes are raised to meet these obligations then a lot more of the wealthy will be leaving the state.

Monica Smith

April 27th, 2012
11:08 am

The problem with declaring immigration illegal is that it’s an effort to exert jurisdiction over people who aren’t even here yet, largely on the basis of intentions that are unknown and unknowable, as well as the choice of transport.
Checking the licenses of persons operating a vehicle is also problematic because international licenses are valid and they don’t necessarily validate citizenship. Not to mention that the Constitution specifically demands equal treatment of persons regardless of national affiliation and that was affirmed by the SCOTUS in the last decade.
Requiring a permit from someone who just wants to earn money, instead of stealing it, is also fraught with difficulty, since not everyone is required to secure a permit to work — ordinarily good behavior that, unlike taking a razor to someone’s facial hair, is not likely to injure. So, there’s no factual basis for requiring the issuance of a permit (the principle which is mandating the issuance of permits to marry to couples, regardless of gender).