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Mitt Romney Campaign Launches Surrogate Infiltration at Newt Gingrich Campaign Events
ABC News ^ | Thursday, January 26, 2012 | Elicia Dover

Posted on 01/26/2012 12:56:47 PM PST by kristinn

Forget the indirect attacks and distant exchanges between the Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich campaigns through the media. The Romney campaign pledged this week to run a “a full racketing operation,” right in Gingrich territory.

A source close to the campaign told ABC News there will be a Romney surrogate at every public Gingrich event in Florida standing by to rebut Gingrich’s speeches to the media.

“The campaign is entering a phase now where we are defining the terms of the Florida race,” a Romney staffer said.

The staffer said it wasn’t a sign of fear on the Romney campaign’s side.

However, the campaign didn’t feel the need to trail Gingrich when he was in 4th in Iowa.

The campaign decided Sunday night to send a staff member to Florida full time, specifically to handle the Romney surrogate group set to trail Gingrich.

Romney’s regional press secretary, Amanda Henneberg, was on hand at two Gingrich campaign stops Wednesday to offer Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., who spoke to several members of the press about what he thought were Gingrich’s inconsistencies in his speeches.

At the first event today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was on hand along with Romney staffer Dave Kochel. At the second event, Mack and his wife Mary Bono Back joined the group.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: amandahenneberg; bloodythursday; chaffetz; conniemack; davekochel; dirtytricks; elections; florida; gingrich; henneberg; jasonchaffetz; mack; marybonomack; mittromney; newt; newtgingrich; romneyscum; romneysurrogate; stenchofrommney; waronnewt
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1 posted on 01/26/2012 12:56:55 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn
More and more like Obama with every passing moment...

Mr. niteowl77

2 posted on 01/26/2012 12:59:06 PM PST by niteowl77 (Mitt Romney: the horse the GOP elite intends to ride into the abyss. Or is it the other way around?)
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To: kristinn

These bastards are going scorched earth. Flawed as Newt is I’ll happily support him to bury Romney and his ilk anywhere I can.


3 posted on 01/26/2012 12:59:44 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: kristinn

If Newt doesn’t get the nod, we have to go third party.


4 posted on 01/26/2012 12:59:44 PM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: kristinn

A Romney surrogate? How bizarre. But maybe this is the angel Moroni or somebody from the planet Romney intends to get after his death, or maybe one of the many wives who will be gracing that planet...


5 posted on 01/26/2012 1:00:50 PM PST by livius
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To: kristinn

Romney is scum.


6 posted on 01/26/2012 1:01:05 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: kristinn

The Washingon DC party is terrified of Gingrich...Romney who represents the party’s right and Obama, the party’s left have this much in agreement...Newt might stop the gravytrain...can’t have that.

Gingrich is talking about investigating the fed...and the crooks who ran fannie/freddie...can’t have that.

I honestly believe if Gingrich gets the nomination the Washington insiders will consider assassination. They are that scared of him.


8 posted on 01/26/2012 1:01:45 PM PST by kjo
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To: kristinn

I’m betting that since audience reaction will be allowed at the next debate, Romney and his people will try to pack the venue with their own.


9 posted on 01/26/2012 1:02:00 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: kristinn

“Gingrich said he would not be sending any surrogates to the Romney events because ‘he doesn’t say anything worth rebutting.’”


10 posted on 01/26/2012 1:02:14 PM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: kristinn

Romney is really attacking the Tea Party conservatives, Newt is just the surrogate target.


11 posted on 01/26/2012 1:02:30 PM PST by swamprebel (Where liberty dwells, there is my country.)
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To: Thane_Banquo
If Newt doesn’t get the nod, we have to go third party.

Third party would spell the death of the GOP, ensure an Obama victory, and possibly doom this nation forever.

Electing Romney would doom this nation forever.

Easy choice -- I'll go third party with you.

12 posted on 01/26/2012 1:02:40 PM PST by piytar (Rebellion is here! Free Republic is on the front line! NEVER SURRENDER!)
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To: Free Vulcan

—These bastards are going scorched earth.—

or to use a poker term, they are going “all in”. But scorched earth may better describe the ultimate results.

This is fascinating to watch for me, because it is as if we are getting a full view of the underbelly of the republican machine - in and out of the “official” party.

Even Coulter is starting to look like a character in one of those movies where a creature goes from looking like a beautiful woman to a hideous beast. This is quite unprecedented.


13 posted on 01/26/2012 1:04:36 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: kjo

—I honestly believe if Gingrich gets the nomination the Washington insiders will consider assassination.—

I’ve wondered the same thing, but that it could happen BEFORE the nomination.


14 posted on 01/26/2012 1:05:49 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf; kjo

All the more reason for Newt to pick Palin as a VP!


15 posted on 01/26/2012 1:06:40 PM PST by KansasGirl (GO NEWT! NO ROMNEY!)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Romney and his people will try to pack the venue with their own paid actors.

Fixed it for you.

Newt actually donated to Connie Mack in 2003. Keep in mind Newt's never donated to Democrats...Romney donated to several in 1992.

http://www.newsmeat.com/washington_political_donations/Newt_Gingrich.php

MACK, CONNIE (R) Senate - FL FRIENDS OF CONNIE MACK INC

$500 primary 12/06/03

16 posted on 01/26/2012 1:09:07 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: kristinn

Fighting like a DemocRAT.

Romney MUST be stopped at all costs.


17 posted on 01/26/2012 1:12:25 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: cuban leaf

>I’ve wondered the same thing, but that it could happen BEFORE the nomination.<

Funny-I had the same thought.

Pray for his safety.


18 posted on 01/26/2012 1:12:25 PM PST by Califreak ("Burnt By The Sun")
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To: svcw
Romney is scum.

My sentiments exactly. Interesting how he's taking a page from the Occupy crowd and his father's old pal, Saul Alinsky.

19 posted on 01/26/2012 1:13:34 PM PST by CASchack
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To: kristinn

The establishment is projecting, just like liberals. After the democrats have screamingly accused republicans of dividing the country these last 3 years, it is the conservatives who stood up and fought while the establishment hides in the corner and waits for the next opportunity to ‘cut a deal’.

What we are witnessing is the establishment GOP, determined to kill the elephant by suicide. We may or may not get Newt through to the nomination, but the establishment is assuring us that we all are going down. This crap is not doing anything to make Romney a good candidate.

Lifting Romney up is like trying to pick up a turd from the clean side.


20 posted on 01/26/2012 1:14:32 PM PST by untwist
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To: kristinn
We need a Palin right now to get out and campaign with him.

This is them vs us. If you cannot see that now, one never will.

21 posted on 01/26/2012 1:16:20 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...

Ping!


22 posted on 01/26/2012 1:16:31 PM PST by TitansAFC (Next time, GOP Establishment, back someone who isn't totally despised by the grassroots!)
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To: ILS21R

Sadly, if Romney is the candidate, Obama wins another four years. Then the blame game starts. I think the GOP decided a long time ago that they could not beat Obama; like Rush says, they only want the Senate so they control the $$$. I am so sick of these Washington elitists!


23 posted on 01/26/2012 1:16:35 PM PST by kgrif_Salinas
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To: kristinn

****Mack and his wife Mary Bono Back(sic) joined the group.****

I had no idea he married Sonny’s widow. WOW!!!

Sonny Bono was one of the good guys.


24 posted on 01/26/2012 1:19:47 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: kristinn

It is clear now that they view us as the enemy, and we should treat them accordingly.

Not rallying aroung the nominee this time, GOP Establishment.

You’d better get a George Allen or someone in the race to replace Mitt if you want any shot in hell at winning in November.


25 posted on 01/26/2012 1:20:43 PM PST by TitansAFC (Next time, GOP Establishment, back someone who isn't totally despised by the grassroots!)
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To: kjo
-- I honestly believe if Gingrich gets the nomination the Washington insiders will consider assassination. --

Our politicians aren't any different than those from ancient Rome.

26 posted on 01/26/2012 1:22:26 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: sodpoodle

dollars to donuts Sonny Bono would be backing Newt


27 posted on 01/26/2012 1:24:53 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: kristinn

Boy is Romney a scumbag. He wants to be president really bad and is not letting anybody take it away from him. God help us!


28 posted on 01/26/2012 1:27:37 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Cboldt

I think Mr. Romney and the establishment might have gone too far today. We will see, but backlash is coming, I feel it. Romney is slime, and if they think I will vote for him they are sadly mistaken.


29 posted on 01/26/2012 1:28:24 PM PST by david1313 (Newt all the way)
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To: kgrif_Salinas
Sadly, if Romney is the candidate, Obama wins another four years. Then the blame game starts.

The establishment will blame Newt and the Tea Party for Mitt's failures.

30 posted on 01/26/2012 1:29:13 PM PST by CASchack
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Someone here on FR said he tried to get two tickets and none were available out of the 800 for the general public. The venue seats a total of 3000.

I will be packed with shills, no doubt about it.


31 posted on 01/26/2012 1:29:30 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: kristinn

INFLUENCE PEDDLER. Romney dfines the term. He buys people to spread infulence. Are Coulter and Drudge on the take?


32 posted on 01/26/2012 1:32:01 PM PST by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: cuban leaf
This is fascinating to watch for me, because it is as if we are getting a full view of the slimy, reptilian, underbelly of the republican machine...

Fixed.

33 posted on 01/26/2012 1:32:42 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: kristinn

So Romney really did listen to ol’ uncle Saul.


34 posted on 01/26/2012 1:34:40 PM PST by skeeter
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To: TitansAFC
"Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war"
35 posted on 01/26/2012 1:37:27 PM PST by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: ILS21R

LOL! Newt always has an answer!

That said, this is such a scummy thing to do. But then, scummy is probably Willard’s middle name. It’s a very OWS (like the anarchist fruitloopette who showed up at a Gingrich talk the other day and tried to grind it to a halt).

The RINOs and even many of the “conservative” pundits who are annoyed that we are not heeding their superior wisdom really do hate us and they are going to do everything to crush Gingrich.


36 posted on 01/26/2012 1:37:35 PM PST by livius
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To: kristinn
These Republican clowns of 2012 who might, if they possessed principles and fortitude, keep liberty and the Republic for future generations (as in Benjamin Franklin's meaning in his response to a questioner, "A Republic, if you can keep it") are shortsighted and, instead, are willing to sacrifice the liberty of generations yet unborn in order to "force" their hand-picked candidate on the populace.

Instead, they are so devoid of understanding and so filled with their own sense of Party that they will run a candidate whose money and organization, they believe, will keep them in power in the House and Senate.

And, that candidate, when asked what he has been doing to preserve and promote the conservative cause answers that he has married, had a family and worked "in the private sector," and quickly switches to other things. Meanwhile, there are numbers of business people in those same years who were out there every day using their earnings and abilities to warn America that the American dream was being lost and that American memory was being erased of the principles of liberty.

What a potential candidate!! His wealth will be resented and used as a "cause" for defeating him, and his lack of ability to explain the Founders' ideas underlying freedom for individuals will go unexplained for another generation.

37 posted on 01/26/2012 1:41:01 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: cuban leaf

I have never been enthralled with Ms Coulter. Guess my gut was right...
I feel like FR has been used by these people to sell books and promote websites.


38 posted on 01/26/2012 1:42:58 PM PST by CT Hillbilly (Thoughts=Words=Actions=Destiny)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Yes we do...I hope that doesn’t have to happen.


39 posted on 01/26/2012 1:43:28 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: Thane_Banquo

Yes we do...I hope that doesn’t have to happen.


40 posted on 01/26/2012 1:43:42 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: CT Hillbilly

Ann is well....different. LOL. I will leave it there. The adam’s apple always gives it away.


41 posted on 01/26/2012 1:47:48 PM PST by david1313 (Newt all the way)
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To: kristinn
Romney is horrible for conservatism, horrible for the Republican party, and horrible for America. Romney needs to go away now.
42 posted on 01/26/2012 1:52:36 PM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: KansasGirl; kristinn

I’m sorry, I need to retract part of my post! It was Mary Bono Mack who voted for Cap & Trade not Connie Mack. They both need to be primaried!


43 posted on 01/26/2012 1:55:15 PM PST by KansasGirl (GO NEWT! NO ROMNEY!)
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To: svcw

“Romney is scum.”

So are his supporters, endorsers, and surrogates. Each and every one.

He truly is the GOP’s Obama analog.


44 posted on 01/26/2012 1:55:35 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

“If Newt doesn’t get the nod, we have to go third party.”

I would say second party, but I fully agree with you.


45 posted on 01/26/2012 1:56:45 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: Psalm 144

Actually some rank and file supporters may just be dribble down the chin stupid.


46 posted on 01/26/2012 1:58:05 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: Lib-Lickers 2

It appears that Sonny & Newt enjoyed a candid relationship.

From Wiki - on Sonny:

In their book Tell Newt to Shut Up, David Maraniss and Michael Weisskopf credit Bono with being the first person to recognize Gingrich’s public relations problems in 1995. Drawing on his long experience as a celebrity and entertainment producer, Bono (according to Maraniss and Weisskopf) recognized that Gingrich’s status had changed from politician to celebrity, and that Gingrich was not making allowances for that change:

You’re a celebrity now, ... The rules are different for celebrities. I know it. I’ve been there. I’ve been a celebrity. I used to be a bigger celebrity. But let me tell you, you’re not being handled right. This is not political news coverage. This is celebrity status. You need handlers. You need to understand what you’re doing. You need to understand the attitude of the media toward celebrities”


47 posted on 01/26/2012 1:58:28 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: swamprebel

“Romney is really attacking the Tea Party conservatives, Newt is just the surrogate target.”

I would add that Romney is the GOP’s cat’s paw in that attack.


48 posted on 01/26/2012 2:00:47 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Preparation ZOT, for prompt relief from annoying romnoids.)
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To: Psalm 144
He truly is the GOP’s Obama analog.

When I said Mitt Romney is Obama's pale doppelganger, it wasn't just for the sake of hyperbole.

Mr. niteowl77

49 posted on 01/26/2012 2:02:17 PM PST by niteowl77 (Mitt Romney: the horse the GOP elite intends to ride into the abyss. Or is it the other way around?)
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To: kristinn; Diogenesis
Communist tactics.

HOW COLLECTIVISTS USE THE DIAMOND TACTIC TO SWAY PUBLIC MEETINGS AND HOW TO THWART THEM

50 posted on 01/26/2012 2:04:03 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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