Your morning jolt: Details of Newt Gingrich’s long good-bye

On Tuesday, about-to-become-ex GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sent an e-mail to his 178,000 donors offering “insider advanced notice” that he would be suspending his campaign today.

Most notable is the fact that Gingrich makes three mentions of Barack Obama, but doesn’t name Mitt Romney once:

Earlier in the day, Gingrich supporters also received this plea from their man:

Please find a special message from one of our advertisers, the Conservative Strikeforce PAC. Please note that the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our advertiser alone, and not necessarily the opinion or editorial positions of the Newt 2012 campaign.

The Super PAC is siding with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to beat back a recall campaign. Let the email serve as more evidence that Gingrich is renting out his mailing list to help pay down that $4.5 million debt.

In yet another message to supporters – a set of talking points to guide supporters who intended to stick with him until the very end – the former speaker hinted that he’s likely to be more welcome among Republican candidates for the U.S. House than within the Romney campaign. The memo referenced a phone conversation between Gingrich and Romney:

Newt told the governor that he is committed to helping defeat Barack Obama, as well as helping John Boehner keep the Republican majority in the House of Representatives and regain a Republican majority in the Senate. Newt believes that achieving a governing coalition of Republicans in Congress is as important as winning the presidency.

Romney may agree, given this farewell-to-Newt video put out today by the Obama campaign. It closes with Gingrich’s post-Iowa declaration that he thought the future GOP nominee was a liar:

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Clubs, knives and gas masks will be banned from the general area of the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer. But concealed firearms won’t be. Politico is reporting that Gov. Rick Scott has refused the city’s request for an exemption to the state law that bars Florida cities from placing restrictions on guns.

Look for Democratic complaints that the above is more evidence of weapons-grade class warfare.

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Yes, many supporters of presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney have declared that President Barack Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday was a campaign stunt. But they may also want to note that Obama’s trip stepped all over this daunting story by the Washington Post:

Richard Grenell, whom Mitt Romney chose last month as his presidential campaign’s national security and foreign policy spokesman, stepped down from his post Tuesday, suggesting that the conservative backlash over his sexuality prevented him from being effective in his role.

Grenell, of course, is gay.

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Gov. Nathan Deal doesn’t always send out photos with bill-signing announcements. But not all bills have Republican primary consequences. HB 954 does. The bill would shorten the period that women may seek abortions, and figures into the re-election prospects of its sponsor, state Rep. Doug McKillip, a former Democrat from Athens who faces his first GOP primary in July.

The photo also places in the same frame Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, and state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville – who is now a Republican candidate for the new 9th District congressional seat:

Gov. Nathan Deal signs the anti-abortion bill. From left to right, Pat Chiveres of the Catholic archdiocese of Atlanta; Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams; Mary McKillip; state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens; Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life; state Reps. Doug Collins; Donna Sheldon and Ed Setzler.

Gov. Nathan Deal signs the anti-abortion bill. From left to right, Pat Chivers of the Catholic archdiocese of Atlanta; Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams; Mary McKillip; state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens; Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life; state Reps. Doug Collins; Donna Sheldon and Ed Setzler.

Gainesville radio talk show host Martha Zoller, Collins’ fiercest GOP rival, congratulated all of the above on passage of HB 954. Except Collins, of course.

By the way, look for Zoller to leave her radio show on May 11, allowing her to campaign full-time.

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The state Senate Ethics Committee will meet at 1 p.m. today in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, and may take up 16 ethics complaints that were filed against Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour. Tea party types are attempting to generate an audience.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ claim that health costs make up the fastest-rising portion of the U.S. military budget.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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24 comments Add your comment

Real Athens

May 2nd, 2012
9:50 am

This is the kind of Fiscal Conservatism endorsed by Georgia GOP voters and Kyle Wingfield

“Newt Gingrich ends his White House dream today with his political committee facing a mountain of debts — owing about $4 million to scores of businesses and campaign workers around the country who fear they will never get paid.”

http://news.yahoo.com/newt-gingrich-4-million-debt-staffers-creditors-fume-002208567–abc-news-topstories.html

Pay special attention to the quotes from the small business owners and supporters who fear bankruptcy because of Newt’s brand of “conservatism”.

clyde

May 2nd, 2012
9:51 am

As far as I am concerned the further Newt stays away from politics,the better.I was finished with Newt many years ago and the sooner he fades into obscurity the better I’ll like it.The Republican Party does not need him in any way,shape,or form.

double

May 2nd, 2012
9:53 am

Any stunt campaign or other,that reduces lives lost,money wasted are welcome.

Real Athens

May 2nd, 2012
10:02 am

double, doubling down on hypocrisy. Fine if Newt wastes the money of his supporters for “the cause.”

honested

May 2nd, 2012
11:04 am

noots, don’t go away mad, just go away!

Danny O

May 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

I don’t know if it was homophobic pressure from the right that forced Grenell to the exit door at the Romeny campaign. But it should be noted that this guy also had a bunch of tweets that are offensive to women, and scrubbed his Twitter account when they came to light.

Jim Galloway is soooo bad

May 2nd, 2012
11:11 am

Jim Galloway is the AJC’s worst writer. Does anyone ever read what he writes all the way through? I have to stop after a paragraph or so. He’s not a good writer.

GaBlue

May 2nd, 2012
11:16 am

The women and doctors of Georgia cannot be trusted to make medical decisions. That’s why we have Dan Becker who spends all his time threatening and bullying lawmakers, so that HE can insert himself into the doctor-patient relationship, exam room, hospital gown, and personal crevices! GOSH, aren’t we lucky?

No wonder the number of doctors per capita is plummeting in this state! Some crooked preacher guy who makes a handsome living doing anything BUT work gets precedence over people who actually went to medical school.

(Freedom ain’t free, and it doesn’t live in Georgia, either.)

lou

May 2nd, 2012
11:16 am

Don’t go away mad just GO AWAY.

Ga Values

May 2nd, 2012
11:20 am

Wonder if Reed will get the same cell that Bill Cambell got..The Millions stole at the airport will look like small change once Reed & his buddies get on the Beltline.. Vote No for waste & corruption

honested

May 2nd, 2012
11:20 am

All the while, his ‘trusted former aides’ are fornicating-up campaigns across the state and the nation.

pb

May 2nd, 2012
11:23 am

Guess Newt doesn’t want to say good-bye fast because he is the ‘” visionary” candidate, as he has called himself, with all the briiliant ideas. And he likes the spotlight. What will the Presidential political world do without him? Unfortunately, don’t think he is leaving politics completely. We will see him again somehow.

honested

May 2nd, 2012
11:27 am

pb,

I guess we’ll have to settle for WELL CONSIDERED PLANS THAT WORK rather than off the cuff pontifications aimed at an audience with an intellect that would have gained benefit from paying attention in high school.

pb

May 2nd, 2012
11:38 am

honested,

I think Newt is a smart guy. But just think his ego is too big. His past personal life, and habit of making impulsive statements, and kind of mean-ness towards Romney all did not work in his favor. He was never going to make it. Oh well, life goes on…

Auntie Christ

May 2nd, 2012
11:59 am

Jim Galloway is soooo bad:
I’ll bet you say the same thing about Dr Seuss, because of all those big, fancy words he uses

Refugee from Dikkksie (Thank God We Escaped)

May 2nd, 2012
12:14 pm

Jim, H.L.Mencken talks about Newt and his many Jawaja supporters in his timeless definitive essay “The Sahara of the Bozart”. Google it and read online; in a few pages one obtains the equivalent of a PhD in political science and sociology.
Any sentient person will appreciate the valuable insight provided by Mencken in 1917. The past is prologue.

Sick of Republicans, Newt and Newt's #3

May 2nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Goodbye and good riddance Newtie and Callista. Mitt is a slime ball too. Seniors and poor people if Republicans win will get shoved further down than they already are.

Shine

May 2nd, 2012
12:49 pm

May Scott Walker get the boot and the GOP as a hole get burned to toast.

Boot a kook!! Vote democrat!!!

emo

May 2nd, 2012
12:53 pm

So long, Newtie, see ya in four years….

Alabama Communist

May 2nd, 2012
1:18 pm

LOL ……..If you believe that Newt had 178 thousand Donors on his e-mail list, than you need to be on his first moon base rocket venture to save Mankind

Real Athens

May 2nd, 2012
1:25 pm

Refuge:

I do love me some Mencken. However, you are aware, like many other visionaries of his time (Ford, Lindbergh) he was a virulent racist and anti-semite.

That kind of tarnishes his words and thought. Especially in light of Mark Twain.

Refugee from Dikkksie (Thank God We Escaped)

May 2nd, 2012
1:52 pm

@Real Athens:

In those days a liberal was someone who opposed lynching.

There were few liberals in Dikkksie.

The past is prologue…

Real Athens

May 2nd, 2012
2:01 pm

Mencken was from Baltimore. Twain was from Missouri.

Yeah, unfortunately you’re right. I kinda wish the past was the epilogue.

gm

May 2nd, 2012
5:17 pm

Newts what a loser, but the idiots on the right in Georgia backed him, tells you why Georgia is considered hicksville.

Check another thing off on Obama list he campaigned on and delivered, two wars that were going on when took office are now comming to a end, yet the right are crying , that lives are being saved and hoping the economy continues to be bad, what a bunch of Anti Americans on the right.