Tags: Gingrich

Gingrich Hoping to Beat Paul for 2nd Place in Nev.

Saturday, 04 Feb 2012 08:43 AM

 

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink

Newt Gingrich is struggling to regain his footing following a campaign in Nevada beset by glitches as the race for the Republican presidential nomination moves to the next phase.

During the few days following Tuesday's drubbing in Florida, Gingrich bungled a meeting with Nevada's governor then suffered through the indignity of having advisers tell reporters that the former House speaker would score the endorsement of Donald Trump, only to watch the unpredictable real estate tycoon back Mitt Romney.

Gingrich's campaign has always been a bit of a freewheeling affair, especially lined up against the regimented Romney effort. Gingrich is perpetually late, he frequently strays off message and his schedule sometimes seems improvised. His public appearances in Nevada have been surprisingly few, and he didn't even venture out to caucus sites on Saturday as voters cast ballots.

But in Nevada, organizational problems have been laid bare in a fashion that raises questions about whether he can compete in upcoming contests.

Gingrich aides say they have been using Nevada — where Romney won late Saturday and Gingrich and Ron Paul were locked in second place — to reset the campaign after being clobbered in Florida.

One reason Gingrich held just five public events since arriving in Nevada is that he's been at closed-door fundraisers and meeting with donors at the Venetian Hotel, lining up the cash he'll need.

The Gingrich strategy hinges on Super Tuesday on March 6, when the campaign will sweep South again through states that look good for him. Gingrich — who is own chief strategist — and aides have been hunkered down mapping out strategy. Ohio will figure prominently in the mix. He'll head to the Super Tuesday state on Wednesday, bypassing other states that have contests sooner.

Gingrich named Patrick Millsaps, a Georgia Republican who had been traveling with Gingrich as his deputy legal counsel, as a chief of staff. Millsaps is tasked with making the trains run on time and also installing day-to-day message discipline on the road.

Nevada provides a pretty good example of what not to do.

"We're a bunch of volunteers that are drinking water through a firehouse," said George Harris, a national co-chairman of Gingrich's finance team who hosted a fundraiser for him at his Las Vegas restaurant, Mundo.

"And yeah, sometimes the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing. But that's how it goes sometimes," Harris said.

In fairness, just three days separated the Florida primary and the Nevada caucuses. Romney carried 51 percent of the vote in the state when he first sought the Republican nomination in 2008, and his Nevada operation remains strong.

But Gingrich fumbled some key opportunities.

A meeting in Carson City Wednesday with Gov. Brian Sandoval was scrapped following scheduling confusion between Gingrich's national and state staff. Sandoval had backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who endorsed Gingrich after exiting the race last month. Gingrich backers in the state had been hoping that even if Sandoval failed to offer up an endorsement, that a photo of the two men together would hold sway among conservative caucusgoers.

Gingrich insisted there was a scheduling conflict citing a grassroots rally at a brewery in Reno at 1 p.m. Wednesday. But Sandoval's staff said the meeting had been set to take place at 11 a.m.

Gingrich's Nevada director Dan Burdish said he was disappointed by the mix up.

"I would have loved to get the two of the together," he said.

The state team had also pushed for more campaign time, including a swing through rural parts of the state. They were rejected.

Without a debate to key in on, Gingrich — who is usually seen as the wonkiest candidate in the room — sometimes seemed downright out of the loop as he met voters.

News on Friday was dominated by new jobless numbers that suggested an economic rebound.

But Gingrich made no mention of them as he plowed through a speech at Stoney's Rockin Country, a music club in Las Vegas. Asked about them afterward by reporters he said he hadn't seen them yet.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rep. Blackburn on Idea of Sebelius as Senator: Hah!

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 18:36 PM

There's no way Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius can win a Senate seat, Rep. Marsha Blackburn says. . . .

Sarah Palin to Rally in Iowa for Hog Castration Senate Candidate

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 14:44 PM

Sarah Palin will headline a “Heels on, Gloves Off!” rally with Joni Ernst, the Iowa Republican Senate candidate whose ca . . .

Charlie Crist Challenges Fla. Gov. Rick Scott to Debate

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 12:25 PM

Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has issued an impromptu debate challenge to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved