Skip to comments.Mitt Romney Campaign Launches Surrogate Infiltration at Newt Gingrich Campaign Events
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 Gingrichs 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 wasnt a sign of fear on the Romney campaigns side.
However, the campaign didnt 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.
Romneys 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 Gingrichs 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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These bastards are going scorched earth. Flawed as Newt is I’ll happily support him to bury Romney and his ilk anywhere I can.
If Newt doesn’t get the nod, we have to go third party.
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...
Romney is scum.
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.
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.
“Gingrich said he would not be sending any surrogates to the Romney events because ‘he doesnt say anything worth rebutting.’”
Romney is really attacking the Tea Party conservatives, Newt is just the surrogate target.
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.
—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.
—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.
All the more reason for Newt to pick Palin as a VP!
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.
MACK, CONNIE (R) Senate - FL FRIENDS OF CONNIE MACK INC
$500 primary 12/06/03
Fighting like a DemocRAT.
Romney MUST be stopped at all costs.
>Ive wondered the same thing, but that it could happen BEFORE the nomination.<
Funny-I had the same thought.
Pray for his safety.
My sentiments exactly. Interesting how he's taking a page from the Occupy crowd and his father's old pal, Saul Alinsky.
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.
This is them vs us. If you cannot see that now, one never will.
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!
****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.
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.
Our politicians aren't any different than those from ancient Rome.
dollars to donuts Sonny Bono would be backing Newt
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!
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.
The establishment will blame Newt and the Tea Party for Mitt's failures.
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.
INFLUENCE PEDDLER. Romney dfines the term. He buys people to spread infulence. Are Coulter and Drudge on the take?
So Romney really did listen to ol’ uncle Saul.
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.
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.
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.
Yes we do...I hope that doesn’t have to happen.
Yes we do...I hope that doesn’t have to happen.
Ann is well....different. LOL. I will leave it there. The adam’s apple always gives it away.
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!
“Romney is scum.”
So are his supporters, endorsers, and surrogates. Each and every one.
He truly is the GOP’s Obama analog.
“If Newt doesnt get the nod, we have to go third party.”
I would say second party, but I fully agree with you.
Actually some rank and file supporters may just be dribble down the chin stupid.
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”
“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.
When I said Mitt Romney is Obama's pale doppelganger, it wasn't just for the sake of hyperbole.