Skip to comments.Bachmann: Rivals' 'money is changing hands'
Posted on 12/15/2011 4:25:27 PM PST by billys kid
Michele Bachmann, asked just now by CNNs John King about a statement from her South Carolina spokesman saying Newt Gingrich is buying votes, said her campaign has heard that money is changing hands.
Her S.C. spokesman Wesley Donohue made the accusation against Gingrich last month in an interview with the Columbia Free-Times:
Bachmann is trying to grow an organic base of supporters, and Newt Gingrich is trying to buy off tea party groups. Newt Gingrich knows the only way he can get the tea party vote is to buy it.
When King asked Bachmann tonight to support or deny it, she deferred to Donohue but said shes been hearing about these occurrences around the country:
Well, Wesley would have to speak to that himself with what evidence he has, but this is something that weve been hearing all across the country, that money is changing hands, and thats not how I do business. In fact Ive told people, Ive told evangelicals, Ive told tea partiers, I dont pay people to come out and be my supporters, thats not what I do. When we have tea party groups and all of the rest, I dont do that because Im just a real person.
Bachmann's gotten in hot water before for making claims without backup, and it's not clear whether there is more to this one. Ive emailed Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond for a response.
UPDATE: R.C. Hammond called back to respond: "I am not sure about other campaigns, but the first thing we don't do when working with tea parties is challenge their integrity."
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He won’t buy my vote.
Interesting post for your first day at Free Republic.
Did Bachmann admit that a Mitt tool is running her ground ops in SC? Friggin stalkinghorse..
Welcome to FReeRepublic. Do you really think we don’t understand the bent at Politico?
Did she lose her mind or has always been like this?
Newt: “ all 8 of the folks on this stage are far preferable than the current occupant of the White House.”
Michelle” “guardicil, retarded, Newt romney, cheated, buy off tea party, yada yada yada secret injections to 11 year old little girls...retarded....yada yada yada.....”
Leadership versus catty b-tch.
I think Bachman’s campaign is losing more votes than she’s winning with their tactics. All she seems to be able to do is to tear down the other candidates.
Do not know who you are schilling for, but politico is the publication of Obama’s re-election campaign.
She accused Newt of being a socialist and even Mark Levin had to slap her on that one.
You are confused. Herman Cain was the stalking horse for Romney.
She's batsh!t crazy.
BUYING the Tea Party vote? Really?
>> She accused Newt of being a socialist and even Mark Levin had to slap her on that one. >>
She also indicated he was ‘in favor of illegal immigration” and some other “guardicil made me retarded” comments. I am waiting for Rush and Levin to wake up to this and slam her for it some more. It’s like they are giving her a pass because the MSM is not fair to her (and they are not, I admit) - so they overlook what she does to the other candidates.
Where she really lost it with me - after the Ed Rollins disaster - was trying to paint Rick Perry as the second coming of Joseph Mengele.
Yet some Freepers don’t mind posting stories from when they are bashing people they don’t like. This is nothing new on FR, don’t act like it is the first time.
I don’t know why she keeps doing this. Everytime she may be on the verge of getting some traction she comes along and steps into a cow patty. With so many important issue on the table why step into the gutter with this. Newt has plenty of faults so attack him on one of those.
What a bunch of clap trap.
Subsequently, Vander Plaats' group endorsed Gingrich.
Subsequently, it took a while for Newt to agree to sign the marriage pledge in Iowa.
Search shows me that this story resurfaced a few days ago:
While it's true that the former House speaker ultimately may fail to achieve the redemption he's seeking from Iowa evangelicals, it's also a fact that he has been quietly building bridges to that important segment of the caucus-going electorate for more than a year. And, he not only built the bridges, he paid for them. That could turn out to be Gingrich's greatest secret weapon against his rivals in the Republican caucus in January.
Politico, Emily Schultheis.