Texas’ GOP Primary will be held May 29.
GREEN BAY, Wis. Just a few days out from the Wisconsin primary, Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, officially opened their state headquarters in Green Bay, a hotbed of Republican voters in the state.
But for cynics who think the grand opening is just a shell game of keeping up appearances (recent polls show Gingrich running fourth behind Ron Paul in the state), the campaign would say theyre severely misguided: this office will be open through November, and its part of a grand strategy of securing the nomination in Tampa.
But whatever happens in Tuesdays primary, state campaign director Robert Lorge says his mission post-primary will be to help Gingrich persuade what he calls soft delegates here in the state to support him: 3 RNC delegates, plus the 3 delegates from each of the eight congressional districts who could become unbound at the convention.
Lorge said that in conference calls with the national team there has been discussion about the possibility of consolidating Santorum and Gingrich delegates at the Republican National Convention in order to overcome Romneys delegate math.
I imagine theres going to be a lot of negotiation and compromising between the pro-Newt Gingrich and the pro-Rick Santorum delegates, he said. You may have a Newt Gingrich-Rick Santorum ticket. You may have a Rick Santorum-Newt Gingrich ticket. Nobody knows how that tickets going to work out. But I imagine itll end up being something like that.
Pointing to Gingrichs accomplishments in the House, Lorge believes delegates will see that his candidate is the only one with the experience necessary to be the White House.
America is a republic, Lorge said. Were not a democracy. We dont believe in mob rule. We hire people by electing them to represent us. Were a representative democracy, thats what we talk about. Our Founding Fathers were very wise in not having a straight, pure democracy. We have a republic for a reason so that wiser decisions, calm decisions can be made in the best interest of the nation as a whole and that is what Newt Gingrich is all about.
The amount of chaos and strategy that would be involved in the open convention scenario is so mentally demanding that its hard to imagine any other candidate but Newt Gingrich believing it is possible. And perhaps the reckless challenge of it all is giving the candidate a new skip in his step. Its hard not to notice that Newt Gingrich is laughing more on the campaign trail these days. Shaking hands at the ropeline, Gingrich has the habit of leaning back for a good belly laugh the consummate cheerful candidate."....