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Two claim Gingrich lobbied in 03
DesMoines Register | December 28, 2011 | Tony Leys

Posted on 12/28/2011 2:42:05 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Link only due to posting restrictions

The LINKED article describes Newt Gingrich and a meeting in 2003 with members of Congress urging their support on the Medicare Expansion Bill after he'd left Congress. (It passed -- barely)

The people interviewed are U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ- 6th) and former congressman Butch Otter (both have endorsed Romney). Otter is now the governor of Idaho. They feel Newt Gingrich was lobbying.

Newt and others dispute this.

You can decide.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: flake4romney; gingrich2012; gopprimary; iowa; lobbying; otter4romney
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I posted this because I found this 2006 Red State blog post praising these same 2 elected officials (described as Libertarians) in connection with Ron Paul (now supporting Mitt Romney) coming forward to make a claim against Gingrich very interesting. (slow loading page -- but it will load)

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Red State 2006:

"Thank you, Jeff Flake, Butch Otter and Ron Paul"

"On Tuesday, the House debated the Administration's warrantless wiretapping program, and a Democratic amendment to prohibit funding for electronic surveillance, other than as authorized under FISA or other criminal wiretapping statutes.

As much as I hate to back Democratic initiatives, I was pleased to see this amendment considered by the House. I was even more pleased to see a number of Republicans back the amendment, including several moderates and three notable libertarian voices within Congress: Jeff Flake, Butch Otter and Ron Paul.".........

1 posted on 12/28/2011 2:42:12 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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[Representative Jeff] "Flake was born in Snowflake, Arizona (named in part for his great-great-grandfather, Mormon pioneer William J. Flake), was educated at Brigham Young University and was a Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to South Africa in the early 1980s. He worked in the public affairs sector after college and served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia and Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute before entering the House of Representatives." Source
2 posted on 12/28/2011 2:48:40 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who paid Gingrich to lobby those men?

Or or did he talk to them as a concerned citizen?


3 posted on 12/28/2011 2:50:50 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll

It’s described in the article.


4 posted on 12/28/2011 2:53:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hammond says he wasn’t paid.

It sounds like Gingrich occasionally tries to persuade fellow Republicans to support legislation, and a couple of Romney supporters are poisoning the well of good intentions.

I’m beginning to entertain some evil thoughts about Milliard Romney. It is one thing to be a weathercock responding to every political puff of influence, and being mean to the family dog, but scheming to damage another Republican’s professional reputation is unacceptable to all Conservatives. This indicates a serious flaw in the character of the former Gov. of Massachusetts and I believe he is unfit to be President.


5 posted on 12/28/2011 3:06:29 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll

This is part of Newt Gingrich’s record and he will have to answer the questions. I did find the Libertarian connection interesting too.


6 posted on 12/28/2011 3:12:56 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There’s a searchable lobbyist database here which goes back most years between 2011 and 1998: http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/search.php

I did a query on Gingrich and he doesn’t come up.


7 posted on 12/28/2011 3:14:09 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Utmost Certainty

The dumb powers to be want Roomey and they want it over now.


8 posted on 12/28/2011 3:16:55 AM PST by scooby321
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To: Utmost Certainty

There’s also another one here: http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=choosefields

Searched by lobbyist name for ‘Gingrich’. Again, he doesn’t show in the records.


9 posted on 12/28/2011 3:17:13 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Answering question about past actions is good.

Character assassination via innuendo by another Republican is clearly out of line.


10 posted on 12/28/2011 3:21:35 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I lobby my kids to keep their room clean every day. That doesn’t make me a “lobbyist.” That term has a very specific meaning.


11 posted on 12/28/2011 3:22:11 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: ez

12 posted on 12/28/2011 3:24:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who: a private meeting of Republican House members

When: the fall of 2003

For what: Medicare prescription-drug program

Sounds like Newt best describe what was going on and if there are any similar circumstance of this nature.


13 posted on 12/28/2011 3:31:56 AM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
[Representative Jeff] "Flake was born in Snowflake, Arizona (named in part for his great-great-grandfather, Mormon pioneer William J. Flake), was educated at Brigham Young University and was a Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to South Africa in the early 1980s. He worked in the public affairs sector after college and served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia and Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute before entering the House of Representatives." Source

Just another example of Joe Smith trumping Conservatism.
14 posted on 12/28/2011 3:50:59 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Maybe romney should answer some bogus questions occasionally.


15 posted on 12/28/2011 4:44:31 AM PST by richardtavor
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Maybe romney should answer some bogus questions occasionally.

This shows how easy it is for Perry to make Romney stumble and stammer:

That's -- I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals. [video clip] -- Mitt Romney, GOP presidential debate - October 18, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV

16 posted on 12/28/2011 4:51:29 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Come on! Why haven't you investigated Newt's actions while he was in kindergarten and First Grade?

I'm sure you can find impeachable offenses being committed there, you Slacker!

17 posted on 12/28/2011 5:00:10 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Redleg Duke

Apparently I don’t have to investigate anything.


18 posted on 12/28/2011 5:23:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh my.

Alinsky is for Perry now, I see.


19 posted on 12/28/2011 5:25:31 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (PERRY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Son House

Did Perry bring Karl Rove on board?

What’s with the mudslinging from Perrywinkes now?


20 posted on 12/28/2011 5:27:04 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (PERRY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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