Two days after receiving a nod from Sarah Palin, 9th District congressional candidate Martha Zoller has picked up another big endorsement – this time from Newt Gingrich. From the press release:
“For years, Martha Zoller has been a clear, clarion voice for the conservative movement here in Georgia and around the United States,” said Gingrich. “In Congress, Martha will lead the force that fundamentally changes ‘business as usual’ in Washington and will work tirelessly to implement conservative solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.
Zoller explains that Gingrich is a long-time friend who, in the past, often served as a guest on her radio talk show. This was no doubt important to Gingrich, especially when he was trying to make sure that Georgia didn’t stray during his GOP presidential primary bid.
But this must have been a difficult choice for Gingrich. Gov. Nathan Deal has made no public declaration in this race. One daughter has endorsed Zoller; another is raising money for her rival, state Rep. Doug Collins, also of Gainesville.
But most assume that Deal – who designed the shape of the new 9th that covers most of northeast Georgia — on Tuesday will cast a vote for Collins, one of his House floor leaders.
This is the same governor who refused to abandon Gingrich when his campaign imploded in June 2011, shortly after the former U.S. House speaker launched it. And remember that Zell Miller, who is also backing Collins, lent his name to the Gingrich campaign.
Then again, because the governor is officially neutral, Gingrich may have taken that as permission to fulfill a personal obligation.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider