Gingrich to Georgia GOP: I’m Running

January 21st, 2011 at 5:10 pm | 12 Comments |

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AJC.com reports:

In the last 24 hours, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich has touched base with several prominent Republicans in his former home state, telling them that he intends to make a run for president in 2012 using Georgia as his base – and that he already has his eye on office space in Buckhead for a campaign headquarters.

Gingrich met on Thursday with Nathan Deal, whom Gingrich endorsed during a critical phase of last year’s Republican primary for governor.

House Speaker David Ralston introduced Gingrich Thursday night at a downtown Atlanta affair hosted by the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce.

The visits and conversations – some face-to-face, others on the phone — appear to be an attempt by Gingrich to revive his old campaign network and lock down as much support as possible in a state won by Republican Mike Huckabee in the 2008 presidential primary.

A spokeswoman for Johnny Isakson said Gingrich called the U.S. senator earlier this month – adding that Gingrich was not definite about his plans in that conversation. In an interview on Friday, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he had not talked to Gingrich yet, but that the former U.S. House speaker had asked for an appointment in the near future. “He said, ‘I need a significant amount of your time,’” Chambliss said.

Gingrich, 67, is registered to vote in Virginia, and has a Virginia driver’s license. But he spent most of his adult life in Georgia, and from 1979 until 1999 — the last three years as speaker — Gingrich was a congressman from metro Atlanta.

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12 Comments so far ↓

  • Diomedes

    Wow. Palin. Bachmann. And now Newt!

    This is gonna be fun to watch. Like that train crash at the beginning of The Fugitive. Except in slow motion. :-)

  • TerryF98

    Tilting at windmills again I see. The old adulterer is going for it again. Popcorn.

  • seeker656

    Just the man to lead the party of social values.

  • politicalfan

    I really like intellects but I am not sure if (I am buying what Newt is selling.)
    Intellects gone wild?

  • Moderate

    This is good news. If Newt is successful, then it will be at the expense of Palin or Huckabee. If he isn’t, he might still siphon off enough Palin/Huckabee votes for Romney to win.

  • Mark Rosenthal

    Is this the same Newt I know, the one who resigned in disgrace for having an affair with an intern while he was hunting down Bill Clinton for having an affair with an intern.

  • pnumi2

    Send in the clowns.

  • COProgressive

    “In the last 24 hours, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich has touched base with several prominent Republicans in his former home state, telling them that he intends to make a run for president in 2012 using Georgia as his base – and that he already has his eye on office space in Buckhead for a campaign headquarters.”

    Buckhead? Is that correct? For a man of Lizard Gingrich’s stature one would think the alternative spelling of where his headquarters is located would be more appropriate.

    But Run Lizard Run! After all, Lizard is legend in his own mind and he is out standing in his field.

    “Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person’s mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • bamboozer

    Good! The more clowns in the car the better. Is there a greater ego fest on the planet than the ever burgeoning field of GOP presidential candidates? I suggest they issue flash cards so we can identify them all.

  • ktward

    Know that even this evil Lefty supports your bid, Newt.
    Go for it. Don’t hold back.

  • pnumi2

    TerryF98

    You bet he’s going for it again. The White House Health Plan covers Viagra.

  • lessadoabouteverything

    pnumi2,

    you know, reading that made me want to pluck my eyes out, your putting the image of Newt and Viagra together constitutes torture.