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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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