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« on: June 15, 2011, 10:23:35 PM »

Gingrich's wife at center of presidential campaign turmoil, sources say 

http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/06/15/6865124-gingrichs-wife-at-center-of-presidential-campaign-turmoil-sources-say 

By Michael Isikoff
NBC News National Investigative Correspondent

Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign was crippled by behind-the-scenes blow-ups over the role of his wife, Callista, including her insistence that the campaign arrange for screenings of the couple’s movies made by their for-profit production company, according to current and former campaign staffers and advisers.

The use of campaign resources to promote the Gingriches' private movie ventures made some senior staffers uncomfortable and led to repeated confrontations over the issue, they said. The campaign even carved out space on the home page of the Gingrich campaign Web site, Newt.org, where a section dubbed “Callista’s Canvas” promoted the movies, with titles such as “Rediscovering God in America” and “A City Upon a Hill,” about American “exceptionalism.”

Four current and former advisers provided new details to NBC News about the internal conflicts that last week prompted 16 top staffers — including his campaign manager, Rob Johnson, and his longtime spokesman, Rick Tyler — to resign. The mass resignations have undermined Gingrich’s efforts to raise money — he has barely collected $3 million, according to two sources — and left his struggling campaign on life support, the current and former advisers said.

 During Gingrich’s campaign trips, Callista Gingrich repeatedly insisted that the campaign carve out time for public screenings of their movies, where the couple answered questions from the audience, and then sold DVD copies, eating up hours of time on the candidate’s schedule, the campaign sources said. When Callista Gingrich sent out an email insisting that a movie screening be arranged in New Hampshire, the candidate’s senior staffer in the state, David Carney, fired off an angry reply, saying he would refuse to do so, sources said. Carney declined to comment... 
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011, 12:42:02 AM »

Lordy.

Gingrich did some good things as House Speaker in the 1990's, and he is fascinating to listen to.
But I do NOT want this man to be President.  Too much baggage, too many poor choices.
Sounds like  I may not have to worry about it, though.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 05:47:51 PM »

Lordy.

Gingrich did some good things as House Speaker in the 1990's, and he is fascinating to listen to.
But I do NOT want this man to be President.  Too much baggage, too many poor choices.
Sounds like  I may not have to worry about it, though.

Be careful what you wish for. You may get it. With Gingrich out of the running, it is more likely that Governor Rick Perry of Texas will run. As Gingrich's former staff will now become Perry's campaign staff.

While Perry is running on his ability to bring jobs to Texas, he fails to mention how during his terms as governor, he mishandled the tax situation in the state, so that the most recent Texas legislature had to cut $20 billion out of the state budget, including $4 billion from education. That can only hurt, as a "X" number of teachers are going to have to be laid off to meet the cuts in the education budget.

Nor does he talk about his efforts to sell many of the public roads in Texas to private corporations, so that they can be converted into private toll roads.
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011, 12:53:35 AM »

I'm from Texas, so I am very familiar with Governor Perry.  Overall, his record is pretty impressive.  Texas has weathered the recession very well and created more jobs in the last 5 years than any other state.  That being said, he made a royal botch of the education budget - something he won't have to deal with in Washington, since education funding is a state matter.

Honestly, I would choose Bozo the Clown over Obama.  Perry would be better than either of them!
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2011, 10:47:00 AM »

...Honestly, I would choose Bozo the Clown over Obama...
Well... you clowns gotta stick together.  Smile Thumbup
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