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Gingrich Says He Was Acting as a Citizen, Not a Lobbyist
NY Times ^ | 12-01-11 | JIM RUTENBERG

Posted on 12/01/2011 2:20:51 PM PST by Lazlo in PA

Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday night that his advocacy with state and federal legislators for policies that would help his paying clients was in keeping with his role as a citizen, and was not evidence that he ever acted as a lobbyist.

Speaking in an interview with the Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, Mr. Gingrich appeared to be referring to an article in The New York Times on Wednesday detailing how he has made millions of dollars while helping his corporate clients promote themselves to — and gain access to — state and federal officials.

He referred to a news briefing mentioned in the article in which he joined with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2005 to promote a bill co-sponsored by Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, Democrat of Rhode Island, and Representative Tim Murphy, Republican of Pennsylvania, that would have increased the use of electronic medical health records.

“You might say to yourself ‘gosh, why would a Newt Gingrich do that?’” he told Mr. Hannity in the interview on Wednesday. “The answer is simple. You want to get a message out in the news media, and you put Gingrich and Hillary together, and Patrick Kennedy with Gingrich, you’re going to get huge press coverage.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; capitolgamestaqiyya; gingrich; lobbying; newt
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You gotta hand it to Newt. No matter how bad something looks, this dude always has some excuse or reason on the tip of his tongue. What Conservative in his right mind would buddy up with Pelosi or Hitlery just to help get a message out? What message would anyone in their right mind share with Pelosi and Hitlery?

Look at all the Republicans in the background with Newt at this rally.

1 posted on 12/01/2011 2:21:02 PM PST by Lazlo in PA
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To: Lazlo in PA

A Clintonian parsing.....


2 posted on 12/01/2011 2:22:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Lazlo in PA
Yeah, any "citizen" can rake in millions for doing likewise.

Exactly how stupid does Newt think we are?

3 posted on 12/01/2011 2:23:04 PM PST by Retro Llama
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To: Lazlo in PA

Well in this case I believe it had to do with electronic medical records?

Some would say the ability to work with democrats is perceived as a good thing. I’m not saying that but I’m not ready to vilify Gingrich, either.

Can’t keep villifying all these republicans.


4 posted on 12/01/2011 2:24:55 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Well I guess we bettle just settle for Romney then.


5 posted on 12/01/2011 2:25:18 PM PST by Grunthor (Pro-illegal alien "conservatives" piss me off.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

***What message would anyone in their right mind share with Pelosi and Hitlery?***

The free-enterprise point of view!!!!!


6 posted on 12/01/2011 2:25:34 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newter the Democrats - top to bottom.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Well I guess we better just settle for Romney then.


7 posted on 12/01/2011 2:25:53 PM PST by Grunthor (Pro-illegal alien "conservatives" piss me off.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
What Conservative in his right mind would buddy up with Pelosi or Hitlery just to help get a message out? What message would anyone in their right mind share with Pelosi and Hitlery?

Good question!

"Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joseph I. Lieberman, left, and Rick Santorum introduced a bill yesterday on media and child development."

March 10, 2005

8 posted on 12/01/2011 2:27:04 PM PST by Huck (LIBERTY is the object.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I guess it all depends on what the meaning of the word is is.


9 posted on 12/01/2011 2:27:42 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Lazlo in PA

When newt opens his mouth, the next sound you hear will be a lie.


10 posted on 12/01/2011 2:28:58 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters.)
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To: Grunthor

We should all settle on Bachman, for all of her flaws.


11 posted on 12/01/2011 2:30:39 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Lazlo in PA

He needs to walk that one back. Pure and utter BS.


12 posted on 12/01/2011 2:32:22 PM PST by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
What message would anyone in their right mind share with Pelosi and Hitlery?

In YOUR world democrats only work with other democrats to write legislation, and republicans only work with republicans to write legislation.

In the world of reality, both democrats and republicans are known to write legislation TOGETHER on issues that they DO share a common interest.

13 posted on 12/01/2011 2:32:44 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: Huck

But of the three of them, which one looks out of place with that issue? The Orthodox Jew, the devout Catholic or the Godless 60’s radical retread. It looks to me that Hitlery was shoehorning in to appear sensible. Now the Newt pic on the other hand...


14 posted on 12/01/2011 2:35:28 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Paladin2

As much as Newt is a hypocrit, Bachmann is a liar prone to hysterics.


15 posted on 12/01/2011 2:36:00 PM PST by Grunthor (Pro-illegal alien "conservatives" piss me off.)
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To: Paladin2

150 Seconds of Newt Hypocrisy in Action
A MUST WATCH!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWKTOCP45zY&feature=youtu.be

FWIW, I am a Herman Cain Supporter


16 posted on 12/01/2011 2:36:57 PM PST by not2worry
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To: SoldierDad
In the world of reality, both democrats and republicans are known to write legislation TOGETHER on issues that they DO share a common interest.

It's quite a world we live in today from all of that bipartisanship. Leftist advocate their issues. Our guys give up their principles to get along. We all sink like a stone under an oppressive Gov't.

17 posted on 12/01/2011 2:38:33 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Spin it all you want. Three pigs in a poke. You asked the question. What conservative would do a photo-op with Hillary. Answer: Your buddy, Sen. Numbnuts.


18 posted on 12/01/2011 2:39:24 PM PST by Huck (LIBERTY is the object.)
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To: Retro Llama

Look at you, all happy to parrot the drivel of the nyt!


19 posted on 12/01/2011 2:40:42 PM PST by JoSixChip (Top 10% of wage earners pay 70% of total income taxes collected. Bottom 50% pay less then 3%, fair?)
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To: SoldierDad
You are right, Republicans and Democrats need to work together.

But not on issues like Global Warming, Amnesty, Health Care Mandates and Freddie/Fannie funding.

Newt needs to stick with consulting with his Lobby friends, RINOS and DEMS.

No to Newt!

20 posted on 12/01/2011 2:41:34 PM PST by not2worry
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To: not2worry

See, now, I completely disagree. Repubs DO need to work with Dems on all those issues, and more. When Repubs fail to show leadership on the issues you bring up, then all we have are what the Dems give us. Repubs need to work to change the minds of Dems so that issues of GW, immigration, health care, etc., are moved in the correct direction.


21 posted on 12/01/2011 2:54:20 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: Grunthor

hold it, what did she lie about?


22 posted on 12/01/2011 2:56:13 PM PST by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: SoldierDad

um, you can’t change the minds of leftist ideologues.


23 posted on 12/01/2011 2:57:44 PM PST by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

What was it about Newt and the gang of 14 or something like that?
What was that about? Anyone know?


24 posted on 12/01/2011 2:57:48 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (WE ARE AMERICA! DONATE TO FR MORE!)
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik

CAPITOL GAMES TAQIYYA


25 posted on 12/01/2011 3:09:46 PM PST by devolve (- - - - - - - - - - - - - - CAPITOL GAMES TAQIYYA - - - - - - - - - - - - - -)
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To: jenk

Um, not ALL dems are leftist ideologues.


26 posted on 12/01/2011 3:15:05 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad

i know, but the ones in the federal government are, and if they aren’t they get whipped into voting with ‘em


27 posted on 12/01/2011 3:18:59 PM PST by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: jenk

Actually . . . . NO! Not all dems in the Fed Gov are leftist ideologues, and NO, they don’t always get “whipped” into voting with the leftist ideologues. You are familiar with Blue Dog democrats, right?


28 posted on 12/01/2011 3:22:38 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad
Um, not ALL dems are leftist ideologues.

Wasn't this theory put to the test during the Obamacare debate. See Bart Stupak.

It has been proven that all Rats are indeed Leftist.

29 posted on 12/01/2011 3:22:59 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Newtster,

We’re not as stupid as you think we are, and you’re not as bright as you think you are.


30 posted on 12/01/2011 3:25:59 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: SoldierDad

oh boy do I ever, Bart Stupak was my congressman. There is no such thing as a bluedog. They say they are bluedogs in mixed company, but then when in front of their dem buddies, laugh at it and denounce the idea. Oh boy, am I ever familiar.


31 posted on 12/01/2011 3:27:56 PM PST by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Here is a 2005 Free Republic thread *against* the bill.

Don't be fooled. Newt was feeding at the trough.

It was a coup for Hillary and Pat Kennedy to get Gingrich behind the bill.

This was absolutely not a citizen supporting a bill he was strongly in favor of. Believe, there was a big, probably indirect, payoff through the health-related companies he was "consulting for."

He was so slimy that he didn't register as a lobbyist and went around all the restrictions. This "consultant" garbage is typical Newt.

Please don't be fooled.

Newt is a snake-oil salesman, the ultimate insider and totally corrupt.

.

32 posted on 12/01/2011 3:31:05 PM PST by bobk333
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To: SoldierDad
"Repubs need to work to change the minds of Dems so that issues of GW, immigration, health care, etc., are moved in the correct direction."

That's not how Newt rolls. He adopts the opposition's position, then phrases it in a way he thinks will be palatable to conservatives. Then he takes public credit for some kind of victory when what he actually did was surrender before the first shot was fired. McCain's been playing this same schtick for 20 years. It's disgusting, and I can't believe anyone would seriously consider wasting a primary vote on either of those weasels.
33 posted on 12/01/2011 3:32:13 PM PST by CowboyJay (Generic Republican - 2012. He's the only 'electable' candidate.)
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To: CowboyJay

the more I learn about Newt, the more I feel we are giving up the most important part about being Conservative. Principle. I believe Newt’s past is too damn much, but, at least I know what I’m getting if he continues to be the front runner. I can fight for him, I cannot fight for a non-fighter like Romney. and that’s the difference...


34 posted on 12/01/2011 3:38:43 PM PST by jenk (The country needs Sarah Palin and the Constitution.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Per Dr. Jack Wheeler on Newtie:

I am, of course, talking about Newt Gingrich. I am, quite frankly, in a state of shock at the stupidity of support for him. He is a mean, insufferable, arrogant, pompous Rockefeller Republican, an ethanol-subsidizing global-warming crony-capitalist ludicrously hypocritical pretend conservative.

Here is just the start, just a hint, of his anti-conservative actions (provided by a friend):

04/02/1987 - cosponsored the 1987 Fairness Doctrine
10/22/1991 - voted for an amendment that would create a National Police Corps.
03/--/1993 - voted for sending $1.6 billion in foreign aid to Russia.
1/27/1994 - supported the GATT Treaty giving sovereignty to the U.N.
08/27/1995 - suggests that drug smuggling should carry a death sentence.
04/25/1996 - voted for the then single largest increase on federal education spending ($3.5 billion)
04/10/1995 - supported federal taxdollars being spent on abortions.
06/01/1996 - helped a Democrat switch parties in an attempt to defeat constitutionalist Ron Paul in the 1996 election.
09/25/1996 - introduced H.R. 4170, demanded life-sentence or execution for someone bringing 2 ounces of marijuana across the border.
01/22/1997 - Congress gave him a record-setting $300,000 fine for ethical wrongdoing.
11/29/2006 - said that free speech should be curtailed in order to fight terrorism, called for a "serious debate about the 1st Amendment."
02/15/2007 - supports Bush's proposal for mandatory carbon caps.
09/28/2008 - says if in office, he would have reluctantly voted for the $700B TARP bailout.
09/30/2008 - releases his book A Contract with the Earth which embraces man-made global warming.
12/08/2008 - paid $300,000 by Freddie Mac to halt Congress from bringing necessary reform.
03/31/2009 - says we should have Singapore-style drug tests for Americans.
11/15/2010 - defends Romneycare
01/30/2011 - lobbies for ethanol subsidies.
01/30/2011 - suggests that flex-fuel vehicles be mandated for Americans.
02/13/2011 - criticizes Obama for sending less U.S. taxdollars to Egypt.
03/09/2011 - blames his infidelity to multiple wives on his passion for the country.
03/15/2011 - says that NAFTA worked because it created jobs in Mexico.
03/19/2011 - has no regrets about supporting Medicare drug coverage. (now $7.2T unfunded liability)
03/23/2011 - completely flip-flops on Libyan intervention in 16 days.
03/25/2011 - plans to sign as many as 200 executive orders on his first day as president.
04/25/2011 - admits he is a paid lobbyist for federal ethanol subsidies.
07/15/2011 - his poorly managed campaign is over $1 million in debt.
08/01/2011 - hires a company to create fake Twitters to appear as if had a following.
11/16/2011 - revealed he actually received $1.6 million lobbying for Freddie Mac, vs. his previously stated $300,000

This list could go on and on. Here's more. Further, he has no executive or private business experience whatever. Until he cashed in with lobbying contracts after he resigned from Congress in 1999, he never worked a day in the private sector. Like Zero, he taught at a state school (University of West Georgia) until becoming a professional politician (Congressman from Georgia 1979-1999). He is an ultimate Washington insider.

35 posted on 12/01/2011 3:44:41 PM PST by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: shield

bfl


36 posted on 12/01/2011 3:50:33 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: devolve

I’ll have to come back and read this later devolve. Dinnertime here.


37 posted on 12/01/2011 4:12:41 PM PST by potlatch (*snip*~ Having the right to be angry does not give one the right to be cruel. ~*snip*)
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To: All

A Newt lover from Drumrass
Rose to the head of the Rino class
By reciting quite bright
And sleeping at night
With his tongue up the SPEAKERS A**!


38 posted on 12/01/2011 4:23:49 PM PST by outhousepatrol
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To: TribalPrincess2U
What was it about Newt and the gang of 14 or something like that?

Newt left the House in 1995. The Gang of 14 did their thing in 2005.

If you see a connection, please enlighten us.

39 posted on 12/01/2011 4:32:01 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: SoldierDad
In the world of reality, both democrats and republicans are known to write legislation TOGETHER on issues that they DO share a common interest.

Problem is those "common interests" are always antithetical to our freedoms.

Tis why we call them RINOS!

40 posted on 12/01/2011 4:38:26 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Damn, Newt. You sho does parse words real purty.



41 posted on 12/01/2011 4:40:09 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Neat. Newt’s even wearing the du rigeur, ‘Democrat Blue’ shirt. Nice touch.


42 posted on 12/01/2011 4:42:40 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Grunthor
Well I guess we better just settle for Romney then.

Is the bright light of truth hurting your eyes, friend? Look away if you must, but many of your compatriots welcome that spotlight.

43 posted on 12/01/2011 4:46:40 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: savedbygrace

It was McLame! My bad. Should have done a search first.


44 posted on 12/01/2011 5:16:35 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (WE ARE AMERICA! DONATE TO FR MORE!)
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To: SoldierDad
In the world of reality, both democrats and republicans are known to write legislation TOGETHER on issues that they DO share a common interest.

What common interests do Democrats and Republicans share, pray tell?

And, if they do, are you suggesting that we support those Republicans who share such common interests with Democrats?

45 posted on 12/01/2011 5:20:36 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: shield

Wow!

Something to think about....nope, no vote for Newt.

GO PERRY!


46 posted on 12/01/2011 5:21:58 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (WE ARE AMERICA! DONATE TO FR MORE!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yous, listen up. Freddie Mac is a model organization. Please don’t increase oversight from Congress because you might find out how badly we are distorting the housing market while we pay ourselves massive amounts of money.


47 posted on 12/01/2011 5:34:55 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SoldierDad
not ALL dems are leftist ideologues.

Maybe, but the only Dems who get elected to public office are leftist ideologues.

There's no such thing as working with Commies. There is only victory or defeat.

48 posted on 12/01/2011 5:37:59 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SoldierDad

blue dog Democrats?

They will run over a dog to vote leftist, right?


49 posted on 12/01/2011 5:38:46 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
They will run over a dog to vote leftist, right?

Not always.

Ours, Herseth-Sandlin, (now replaced by REPUBLICAN Christie Noem) used to vote with the Republicans...but only when Nancy had enough votes to not need hers.

She, and the other Blue Dogs ALWAYS got Pelosi's permission to "break with" the party on votes; otherwise, they toed the Leftist line.

It was a sham to give them reelction "conservative" street cred at home, while not hurting the party's agenda.

A Dem is a Dem is a RINO, is a Dem.

50 posted on 12/01/2011 5:47:11 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946...and thankful for it!)
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