Monday, December 5, 2011

They Worked With Gingrich: Coburn & Molinari "NO to Newt!"

This was cross-posted from Mitt Romney Central.

Two Republican legislators who served with Newt Gingrich in congress are speaking their minds…

NO to Newt!

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) was interviewed by Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday yesterday. At the end of the interview Coburn revealed that he would have difficulty supporting Newt Gingrich as the GOP nominee - due to his experience serving in the House while Gingrich was Speaker.

Senator Coburn's remarks on Gingrich begin @10:17:

I am not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich’s having served under him for four years and experienced his leadership. Because I found it lacking often times.”

“There’s all kind of leaders, leaders that instill confidence and leaders that are somewhat abrupt, leaders that have one standard for the people that they are leading and a different standard for themselves.”

“I will have difficulty supporting him for president of the United States.”

Jonathan Adler from the National Review adds this:

Many who worked with or within the Republican Congressional majority during Gingrich’s tenure as Speaker feel much the same way. Senator Coburn is just the first to say what many have been thinking.

Fmr NY Congressman and fmr Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari: "God help us if Newt Gingrich is elected president." Dec 3, 2011

Guy Molinari, a former NY Congressman who also served with Speaker Gingrich, is on record saying: “Newt is evil. This guy is an evil person.” (Echoes of S.E. Cupp’s take on Gingrich, as well... She described him as “kind of a terrible person.”)

"The thought that this man could be president of the United States is appalling," said Molinari, whose enmity for Gingrich goes back to their days in the House together. "He's got all kinds of baggage."

Molinari claims that Gingrich bumped him from his slot as ranking Republican on the Investigations and Oversight subcommittee of the Public Works and Transportation Committee even though there was a written agreement not to do so.

"This guy is evil," Molinari said. "He's an evil person."

Molinari said that Gingrich's double-cross "ended my career" in the House and led to him running for borough president in 1989.

Molinari, who endorsed Romney and heads his team in New York, on Dec 3rd further declared: Not Newt, not ever!

Guy Molinari, the Republican power broker and former Staten Island Beep, ripped Newt Gingrich as unfit to be president yesterday — a day before the front- running GOP candidate was set to attend a Tea Party rally in the borough.
But Molinari, who served with Gingrich in Congress and supports Mitt Romney, rained on the former House speaker’s parade.

God help us if Newt Gingrich is elected president. I won’t vote for him. I love my country too much,” Molinari said.

Molinari, head of New Yorkers for Romney, said he had found Gingrich to be untrustworthy.

He said that Gingrich, as House GOP leader, broke his word and bumped him from a committee assignment.

It happened to so many others. How do you trust a guy like that? What kind of trust would he get from other parts of the world?” Molinari said.

(emphasis added)

Delve into Gingrich's baggage here.

Note: On October 8, 2011, Molinari also condemned Rick Perry’s attempt to introduce religious bigotry into the GOP race.