Romney advisor John Sununu to Gingrich: How about releasing those ethics documents?

posted at 6:35 pm on January 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

An exclusive for Larry O’Connor and Breitbart TV. This is the talking point du jour from Team Romney, a heavy-handed attempt to shift attention from Mitt’s tax returns to Newt’s character and electability. (Go figure that they’re pushing this at the same time stories about his ex-wife are in the news.) If you’re unfamiliar with the particulars of Gingrich’s ethics reprimand, this NBC piece will fill you in. The ethics report itself is publicly available, but Team Mitt cares less about what’s in it than making Gingrich look shady for not releasing the background materials. Romney himself pushed for full disclosure at an appearance today with Nikki Haley, taking care (as all primary candidates do) to point to what Democrats might do with the information down the road as a reason for why we need damaging info on his opponent right now. (Sununu refers explicitly to an “October surprise.”) Although, in fairness, Pelosi — who was part of the ethics committee that looked into Gingrich’s ethics problem — has dropped hints about “conversations” she might be willing to have later about the investigation, unethical though that may be. Said Romney’s top advisor of the allegedly one million pages of background material that Newt hasn’t released, “It’s like a ticking time bomb, the ultimate oppo file.”

Newt’s response to Mitt? Bombs away:

He doesn’t release anything, he doesn’t answer anything, and he’s even confused about whether or not he will ever release anything and then he decides to pick a fight over releasing something?

He could have, today, released his tax records so the voters of South Carolina could discover something.

Hs father, by the way, released them a year before the election and released 12 years. His father didn’t stand around going “gee maybe I will, maybe I won’t.’ I think it’s really very confusing , because after, come on give me a break.

I refuse to take seriously any request from the Romney campaign to disclose anything, because they clear do not disclose anything on any level that involves him.

One problem for Romney that Gingrich doesn’t have is that even some of the big names on his own side think he should release his tax returns. Chris Christie, a potential VP, said so a few days ago; today Bob McDonnell, another potential VP, agreed. Even Scott Brown, who wouldn’t be a senator today without Romney’s help, is calling on him to disclose in order to deny Elizabeth Warren an easy class-warfare talking point. I find it hard to believe the ethics report doesn’t contain most of the damaging stuff Democrats learned about Gingrich at the time; they were looking to publicly embarrass the sitting Speaker, so what incentive did they have to bury the juicy stuff? But like I say, pressing Newt on this isn’t really about getting him to turn over mysterious documents. It’s simply an excuse to remind people of his ethics reprimand at a moment when Romney’s desperate for voters to think he’s the only electable candidate in the field.


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Isn’t it Nanzi Pelosi’s job to release this information?

SouthernGent on January 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

How about Willard releasing all information about off-shore accounts?

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

………………We`re gonna lose. :(

ThePrez on January 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Hmmmm… so just why is it I should listen to the guy that gave us David Souter?

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

The qualifications of Newt: White House Press Secretary under President Romney.

uhangtight on January 20, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I’m a mitt fan. I agree he should release his tax returns.
But i also agree on Newts ethics report. they will both come up in general election

gerrym51 on January 20, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I guess John didn’t get the memo…all 83 were overturned and the IRS said the fine was not appropriate and shouldn’t have been paid…it’s
Republican’s like John that has put us where we are, no back bone to support real conservatives.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Souter’s mentor and the architect of raising taxes under Bushie#1 has no street cred with conservatives.

wraithby on January 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I find it funny that any right thinking person will vote for the pot-bellied socialist, and think he can beat Obama in November…lol. That is the biggest joke going. Obama will win all 50 states, if the blubber is on the ticket.

Chudi on January 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Talk about calling the kettle black.

Aizen on January 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

How about Willard releasing all information about off-shore accounts?

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Hey Lib, how about getting your facts straight. These are investments he has in Bain. These funds are teacher retirement funds and retirement funds for non-profits.

Get real.

uhangtight on January 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

1.) Does Gingrich have the authority to release said “background information”? Would that not be the purview of the ethics committee?

2.) Does Newt even have all of these documents?

3.) Since Mitt seems to think that Newt should release all of the “background information” to the report even though the actual report is already public, maybe Mitt would be willing to release all the “background information” that went into preparing his tax returns (including confidential communications with his accountants and lawyers), in addition to the tax returns themselves?

Lawdawg86 on January 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Only fair, in light of the way Newt said “these things should come out now”, instead of once we have a nominee.

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

It’s simply an excuse to remind people of his ethics reprimand at a moment when Romney’s desperate for voters to think he’s the only electable candidate in the field.

Romney and his doggies are gilded turd-hurlers. They started the fight. Ronald Reagan disapproves.

Thanks to all on the right for changing the subjects from jobs/economy/idiocy/Obama to what Obama/capos and media want.

Always count on the Rs to be dumb.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I guess John didn’t get the memo…all 83 were overturned and the IRS said the fine was not appropriate and shouldn’t have been paid…it’s

Republican’s like John that has put us where we are, no back bone to support real conservatives.

but Mitts tax returns are not necessarily illegal and newts were agreed to 1 thing to not talk about others

gerrym51 on January 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Isn’t John Sununu the man responsible for H.W. Bush nominating David Souter to the Supreme Court? Sununu is an ugly pompous ass. He lied about how many people booed Romney about his tax returns. But then I refer again to the Souter issue.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Dang this is getting nasty!

gophergirl on January 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

How about Willard the Kennedys and all other leftie hypocrites releasing all information about off-shore accounts?

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

uhangtight on January 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Let it sit in the basement and drool by itself.

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Mitt’s taxes are an issue. But as or more significant are Newt’s 84 ethics violations counts, 3 wives, and 1 couch visit with Nancy.
Count on Santorum, if not just as a protest vote. A pivot issue: Santorum stands firm against the leftist global warming scam. Newt doesn’t, and that is telling, and not conservative.

anotherJoe on January 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I would rather see Newt’s Freddie Mac contract.

JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Hmmmm… so just why is it I should listen to the guy that gave us David Souter?

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

This.

catquilt on January 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Why would Gingrich want to release confidential information, all of which was never proven? If Pelosi could be sanctioned by the House for devulging information held in confidence, why would Gingrich do it?

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

This aged bloated Howdy Doody has a proven record against conservatism. We need him on Romney’s team.

Valiant on January 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

John Sunnunu, the guy who brought us Justice Souter, is questioning Newts Conservatism???

Bwaa haaa haaa haaaaa!

portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Demanding the release of all background material is insane. If the information was credible, I’m sure it was covered in the final report.

Mitt’s trying to keep his “Frontrunner” optical illusion.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Dang this is getting nasty!

gophergirl on January 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Take heart, this will be cupcake compared to what the Democrats and the Media have in store for the eventual nominee. By the time November rolls around, the Republican nominee will be synonymous with the Devil himself.

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Sununu gave the world David Souter so he has no creed, Newt tried to give the world Dede Scozzafava so vote for him.

tjexcite on January 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

anyone can find them. They have been all over the internet for a few months now.

Kermit on January 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Mitt really getting desperate over this tax thing. Must be wanting to hide those write-offs to Planned Parenthood.

Southernblogger on January 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

This aged bloated Howdy Doody has a proven record against conservatism. We need him on Romney’s team.

Valiant on January 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Excellent! Two birds with one stone…

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

BTW, can you be any more “Establishment” Republican than John Sunnunu? Voting for Romney is a great way to try to bring back the glorious Bush 41 administration…

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

A vote for Mittens is a vote for Pelosi…!

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Seven Percent Solution on January 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Dang this is getting nasty!

gophergirl on January 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

If you mean like 2 teams of caged monkeys flinging their poo at each other, I agree.

How do either teams expect to be taken seriously with this childish tit-for-tat?

Flora Duh on January 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Santorum lacks issues on tax returns, ethics investigation and salacious marital dramas. And yesterday, we saw he can debate with the best of them. Keep all that in mind, folks. To win, we have to talk about REAL issues, which may become a problem with Newt and Mitt.

michaelo on January 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

He lied about how many people booed Romney about his tax returns. But then I refer again to the Souter issue.
Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Really now? Were you there? They did begin booing before he finished a sentence. I noted that in the “heckle” thread, predicted it was not reliable indicator of the mood of the audience… and I was not there.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Now this is stupid. Romney should be calling for disclosure of Newt’s arrangement with Freddie Mac. Freddie has already agreed to release the info and nobody has followed up with Newt on it. That’s more compelling than this ethics thing.

AYNBLAND on January 20, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Souter’s mentor and the architect of raising taxes under Bushie#1 has no street cred with conservatives.

wraithby on January 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Yes, and there’s bad blood between Sununu and Newt.

Romney ought to be going after the MSM on this and challenging them on why they never released a few things about Obama–such as that tape the LA Times has of Obama’s dinner with Rashid Khalidi. Going after Newt on this is a political mistake.

INC on January 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

can we all agree that sununu is s scumbag. do i hear a second?

rik on January 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I find it funny that any right thinking person will vote for the pot-bellied well-groomed socialist, and think he can beat Obama in November…lol. That is the biggest joke going. Obama will win all 50 states, if the blubber Teh Hair is on the ticket.

Chudi on January 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

See what I did there?

Spliff Menendez on January 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I would rather see Newt’s Freddie Mac contract.
JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Yep. Amazing that Sarah Palin is apparently not interested in this (I infer this as she has not said a peep about it), but she’s the Patron Saint of Countering Crony-Capitalism.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

rik on January 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

His endorsement of Romney was worse to me than McCain’s.

INC on January 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/america-hates-newt-gingrich/326161

Not every poll releases their full results, so here are the most recent favorability results I could find for Obama, Romney, and Newt.

Fox News, 1/12-1/14:
Obama, fav/unfav, 51%/46%, +5
Romney, fav/unfav, 45%/38%, +7
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 27%/56%, -29

CBS/NYT, 1/12-1/17:
Obama, fav/unfav, 38%/45%, -7
Romney, fav/unfav, 21%/35%, -14
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 17%/49%, -32

PPP, 1/13-1/17:
Obama, app/dis, 47%/50%, -3
Romney, fav/unfav, 35%/53%, -18
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 26%/60%, -34

America does not love Romney, but boy do they hate Newt.

Don’t worry though, the pot-bellied socialist will definitely beat Obama in November. So-called true conservatives are truly delusional/

Chudi on January 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

If you mean like 2 teams of caged monkeys flinging their poo at each other, I agree.

How do either teams expect to be taken seriously with this childish tit-for-tat?

Flora Duh on January 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

I’m expecting a cage match at the next debate.

gophergirl on January 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Well by God, that’s it! I’ve had enough of Newt and all his hidden ethics. According to Allahpundit and Sununu, Gingrich is now officially unelectable. All of us sheep must now take a second third fourth fifth look at Romney.

Rovin on January 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

NEWT:

1 – ETHICALLY CHALLENGED
2 – SERIAL ADULTERER
3 – ATTACKED THE RYAN PLAN
4 – ATTACKED BAIN CAPITAL
5 – DEFENDED/PROMOTED FREDDIE MAC
6 – SANTORUM AND MOLINARI BOTH SAY HE WAS A LOUSY LEADER PF THE HOUSE, AND HE HAS VERY FEW ENDORSEMENTS FROM FOLKS HE SERVED WITH.
7 – HE’S NOW ATTACKING MITT BECAUSE HE THINKS TAXES ARE TOO LOW?!?!?!?!?

THIS IS NOT THE PROFILE OF A MAN THE GOP SHOULD MAKE THEIR STANDARD-BEARER.

reliapundit on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Yep. Newts ethics/freddie/adultery docs are 10X more damaging than Mitts success as a businessman. But let the kids have their dream. More painful later when reality strikes though.

swamp_yankee on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Now this is stupid. Romney should be calling for disclosure of Newt’s arrangement with Freddie Mac. Freddie has already agreed to release the info and nobody has followed up with Newt on it. That’s more compelling than this ethics thing.

AYNBLAND on January 20, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Exactly. Newt told us he was hired as an historian and not one person has bothered to challenge him on that answer.

JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

We need to fully vet these candidates – why won’t Newt release the ethics documents, and his divorce proceedings?

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

New Romney ad:

If you liked David Axelrod … You’re gonna Love John Sununu!

batterup on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Blech! Sununu and McCain make me want to wretch anyway and the thought of these 2 sanctimonious boobs continuing to prance around if Romney wins is enough to give me pause…

mozalf on January 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Newt Gingrich releases documents only after they tell him everything he wants to know and agree to work for him.

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

“I refuse to take seriously any request from the Romney campaign to disclose anything, because they clear do not disclose anything on any level that involves him.”

So, to be clear. Newt is refusing to release the documents? Interesting.

cicerone on January 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

This is becoming absurd. Next Newt’s side will demand that Romney release the deleted emails from his governorship of Massachusetts, and then… oh. Right. Never mind.

de rigueur on January 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

This is the talking point du jour from Team Romney, a heavy-handed attempt to shift attention from Mitt’s tax returns to Newt’s character and electability.

That’s right, because Romney’s tax returns are far more indicative of how he will perform in the office of the Presidency than are the details of an ethics investigation of a sitting Speaker of the House.

I find it hard to believe the ethics report doesn’t contain most of the damaging stuff Democrats learned about Gingrich at the time; they were looking to publicly embarrass the sitting Speaker, so what incentive did they have to bury the juicy stuff?

It’s called a deal.

Romney himself pushed for full disclosure at an appearance today with Nikki Haley, taking care (as all primary candidates do) to point to what Democrats might do with the information down the road as a reason for why we need damaging info on his opponent right now.

All primary candidates might do it, but it was Gingrich who grandstanded at the debate about Romney’s taxes. And it was Gingrich who justified his going negative by complaining Romney did it first.

Quid Pro Quo. I’m only sorry Romney didn’t shove this at Gingrich during the debate. He needs to be quicker on his feet.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

John Sununu: Two words: David Souter

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM

can we all agree that sununu is s scumbag. do i hear a second?

rik on January 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

He worked for Pappy, right?

That’s good enough for me. I second!

SagebrushPuppet on January 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM

How about this: Gingrich releases his ethics report if Romney releases all of the documents stored on those 17 state computer hard drives that his staff bought and took with them when he left office?

Just Sayin on January 20, 2012 at 7:05 PM

This is becoming absurd. Next Newt’s side will demand that Romney release the deleted emails from his governorship of Massachusetts, and then… oh. Right. Never mind.

de rigueur on January 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Sorry – didn’t see this before I posted.

Just Sayin on January 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

John Sununu: Two words: David Souter

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM

You really think Mitt Romney is going to appoint conservative judges with John “Souter” Sununu at his side?

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Quid Pro Quo. I’m only sorry Romney didn’t shove this at Gingrich during the debate. He needs to be quicker on his feet.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

You equate taxes to false allegations? Since all the allegations were dropped no problem…I don’t see why people want to see something that doesn’t exist.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

3 things missing from the Obama campaign

…in addition to his grades and papers…

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Every day the old, angry, unethical, retread Newton Leroy Swingrich has a pulse is a day Barry and Moochelle smile big, calm Hawaian smiles

swamp_yankee on January 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

This is becoming absurd. Next Newt’s side will demand that Romney release the deleted emails from his governorship of Massachusetts, and then… oh. Right. Never mind.

de rigueur on January 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

When will Newt do that and how do the Mitt folks feel about this?

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Yep. Amazing that Sarah Palin is apparently not interested in this (I infer this as she has not said a peep about it), but she’s the Patron Saint of Countering Crony-Capitalism.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

My God Palin is living rent free in your head, GET OVER IT. She is NOT running, and has nothing to do with this thread.

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

swamp_yankee on January 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Make sure that you don’t wish him death.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I would rather see Newt’s Freddie Mac contract.
JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM
Yep. Amazing that Sarah Palin is apparently not interested in this (I infer this as she has not said a peep about it), but she’s the Patron Saint of Countering Crony-Capitalism.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Maybe you didn’t get the memo Danish. Everyone’s a hypocrite this election cycle. Even Palin.

AYNBLAND on January 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

how about the 200 boxes of records also detsroyed when JITTERS left office along with the hard drives

rik on January 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Well, it’s a fair request. Now let Romney release all his emails from MA governorship which he used public money to buy.

promachus on January 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

So, to be clear. Newt is refusing to release the documents? Interesting.

cicerone on January 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

What documents, the ones where dems falsely accused him, all the allegations were dropped…so why dig up something that is false? What Newt is stating is what every candidate has to eventually do, and what he has done, expose their taxes, Newt did it…Newt isn’t refusing, he made his tax returns public.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

This is becoming absurd. Next Newt’s side will demand that Romney release the deleted emails from his governorship of Massachusetts, and then… oh. Right. Never mind.

de rigueur on January 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

It’s OK that Mitt Romney had those computer hard drives & records destroyed…. because Massachusetts is a very liberal state / Mittbot logic.

tetriskid on January 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

How about this: Gingrich releases his ethics report if Romney releases all of the documents stored on those 17 state computer hard drives that his staff bought and took with them when he left office?

Just Sayin on January 20, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Good idea..OH WAIT! Romney destroyed those, I see.

Thank god the GOP leadership favors a dithering liberal who “looks” the part but cannot lead..now onto obama…

M_J_S on January 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Good idea..OH WAIT! Romney destroyed those, I see.

Thank god the GOP leadership favors a dithering liberal who “looks” the part but cannot lead..now onto obama…

M_J_S on January 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I doubt Obama will bring it up.

tetriskid on January 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Joe Isuzu backs Romney? Who knew?

Christien on January 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Why would Gingrich want to release confidential information, all of which was never proven? If Pelosi could be sanctioned by the House for devulging information held in confidence, why would Gingrich do it?

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

why would Romney want to release his tax returns which are private and confidential, when he is not required so by law?

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Quid Pro Quo. I’m only sorry Romney didn’t shove this at Gingrich during the debate. He needs to be quicker on his feet.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

ummmm…here is some breaking news, from last night debate…Gingrich did release his tax returns…now quid pro quo?

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Of all the people Romney has talking for him, John Sununu, is the worst. Talk about a poster child for all things that have gone wrong with the GOP after Reagan.

William Eaton on January 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Don’t worry though, the pot-bellied socialist will definitely beat Obama in November. So-called true conservatives are truly delusional/

Chudi on January 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

She already lost to Obama last time around…

Shain1611 on January 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

You really think Mitt Romney is going to appoint conservative judges with John “Souter” Sununu at his side?

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Considering his judicial appointment record in MA: Romney’s Picks By The Numbers: “Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show. In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats.”

At Least 46 Registered Democrats Or Democrat Donors: A study of Romney’s 80 nominations to the bench shows that Romney chose at least 46 nominees who were registered Democrats or independent voters who had contributed to Democratic campaigns.

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

INC on January 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Don’t count on it, Sununu called Israel’s mistaken identity bombing of the USS Liberty, “Vicious and Unprovoked”.

batterup on January 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

How about publishing Mitt’s genealogy?

Its all very well kept, all of the multiple wives, the many half siblings, the prosecutions for polygamy? The fleeing from justice to Mexico?

How far is too far?

Speakup on January 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

why would Romney want to release his tax returns which are private and confidential, when he is not required so by law?

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Well first of all it is required, not just at this time…and it is perfectly fine for someone to release their tax returns, as Gingrich has, and then call for others to do the same.
If they don’t want to, they don’t have to…like Newt said last night, that’s Mitt’s call. Christie said the same thing, why not, eventually he will have to.
Your complaint would be the same if one of the candidates called for a balanced budget, than called the others to do the same…you would complain that he did that?

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

They might as well just ask him to release his FBI file. They’re always as thick as the list of people who don’t like you.

RBMN on January 20, 2012 at 7:16 PM

No real fan of Newt here but I love the Mittbots. Sununu has not said boo about the destruction Obama is causing, Pelosi’s shenanigans esp on the way Obamacare was shoved up our collective arses. Nothing about Rangel’s ethics or beautiful Maxine Waters ethics complaint being on hold forever.

I’d like to revisit the fat pud’s travels re his stamp collection on govt. transport.

No matter what happens to the USA, the Romneys, Bushes, Clintons, and McCain types are all fine—and yes Gingrich as well. Meanwhile we have to live under their brilliant policies.

arnold ziffel on January 20, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Considering his judicial appointment record in MA: Romney’s Picks By The Numbers: “Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show. In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats.”

At Least 46 Registered Democrats Or Democrat Donors: A study of Romney’s 80 nominations to the bench shows that Romney chose at least 46 nominees who were registered Democrats or independent voters who had contributed to Democratic campaigns.

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Yeah, it was the reason I was thinking about sitting out this cycle if Romney won. The only reason i would vote for him in the general election would be to prevent Obama from appointing liberal justices to the Supreme Court but apparently I can’t even trust Romney to do that.

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:16 PM

You equate taxes to false allegations? Since all the allegations were dropped no problem…I don’t see why people want to see something that doesn’t exist.

rightnot2bright on January 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

All the allegations were not dropped. He was fined $300,000. Although 83 of the 84 official charges against Newt were ultimately dropped, there was still a big pile of stink surrounding Mr. Speaker.

Not to mention that Clinton bribery thing that everyone is avoiding talking about.

Mr. Arkadin on January 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

My God Palin is living rent free in your head, GET OVER IT. She is NOT running, and has nothing to do with this thread.
Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I dont’ give a flip if she’s running or not. She’s running off at the mouth and it’s stunning to see her perform Olympian level backflips.

Maybe you didn’t get the memo Danish. Everyone’s a hypocrite this election cycle. EvenEspecially Palin.
AYNBLAND on January 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Anyhoo…It’s extraordinary to see “true conservatives” who make a career of lambasting Democrats for their personal peccadilloes, willing to ignore it all because Newt tears into the media. Newt Gingrich ran ads against Bill Clinton for his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky at the same time he was carrying on an affair with Congressional staffer, Callista Bisek:

The GOP’s multimillion dollar ad campaign invoking President Clinton’s relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky was devised by House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and tested before more than three dozen groups of likely voters before Republicans unleashed the assault, party sources said yesterday.

In reviving the presidential sex scandal just one week before Election Day, Gingrich and his chief strategists aimed to energize their most loyal supporters, whose enthusiasm appeared to be waning after House conservatives lost the budget fight and the Clinton scandal fell off the front pages….

In April, Gingrich told supporters, “I will never again, as long as I am speaker, make a speech without commenting on this topic,” referring to the presidential scandal.

Now he’s shocked! Shocked! John King asked him to respond to his ex-wife’s interview. Saying his conversion to Catholicism makes him a “new more mature man” cannot explain this sensational hypocrisy.

Oh, did I mention the evidence is very strong Bill Clinton knew about this affair and let Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich know he knew it?

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

It’s becoming very clear to me that Sununu has a some kind of personal vendetta against Newt Gingrich.

lea on January 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

It’s OK that Mitt Romney had those computer hard drives & records destroyed…. because Massachusetts is a very liberal state / Mittbot logic.

tetriskid on January 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Good idea..OH WAIT! Romney destroyed those, I see.

M_J_S on January 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

“The reason I presume you would make sure if you’re not going to make something public, you in effect don’t make it public. By having computers with that information on it, why would you make it public? Which may well be a privileged, confidential medical-in-nature [item] that would not be appropriate to be in the public domain.”

Now that inspires confidence, no?

Just Sayin on January 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Were it not for these asinine debates, Mitt would win tomorrow. All these ridiculous debates have done is give underfunded Romney opponents a chance to make Axelrod’s life easier this fall. Presidential elections are won based on money, organization, leadership, discipline, and execution – all of which Newt has none. Debates are a very small piece of the general election war.

Bottom line:

1. Romney will pull the plug on debates in FL.
2. Romney will crush Gingrich in FL; only Romney is already on the air, and early voting underway for the last week; gives Mitt a huge advantage.
3. Romney can afford $2 million+ per week in FL media; Newt cannot. No debates means no free media for the fat petulant adulterer.
4. Romney needs new issues, instead of this asinine “prevent” defense, which has cost him SC.
5. After FL, we have caucus states favorable to Mitt in Nevada and Maine, and then we are on our way.

What we will likely witness tomorrow is an emotional ejaculation by conservatives who hate Obama and the MSM. Emotion has overtaken logic, and Newt shrewdly gave the base a lot of delicious red meat. It does Newt absolutely no good in future contests, where this shtick will not play, but I credit him with his shrewd resurrection. Romney gave conservatives nothing to vote FOR. Electability, however legitimate, is process, not substance, and of little value to voters in a scarlet Red State.

Game reset for FL. Tough day for Mitt tomorrow but we will prevail. Gingrich would be a general election disaster and nearly every Republican in the nation understands this.

matthew8787 on January 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Romney is only running out of a civic duty. Since he’s only doing what his patriotism calls him to do, it’s wrong to attack him. -Mittbot

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Can’t stand Sununu. The guy is a bulldog.

KickandSwimMom on January 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Oh, did I mention the evidence is very strong Bill Clinton knew about this affair and let Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich know he knew it?

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Provide the evidence or Shut up.

portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Were it not for these asinine debates, Mitt would win tomorrow. All these ridiculous debates have done is give underfunded Romney opponents a chance to make Axelrod’s life easier this fall.

Translation: “I can’t believe their are dumb hicks out there who still oppose the coronation of Mitt Romney. Were we to shut them up, things would go off without a hitch. After all, why would anybody else ever compare to the greatness that is Mitt Romney?”

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

We need to fully vet these candidates – why won’t Newt release the ethics documents, and his divorce proceedings?

1punchWill on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I’m sure Obama already has copies of Newts divorce proceedings. He’s an expert at getting them unsealed.

JPeterman on January 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

matthew8787 on January 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Disagree with your rant. What all these debates are doing is peeling away the thin conservative veneer Romney is wearing.

KickandSwimMom on January 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Gingrich to Sununu: how about telling use why you thought David Souter would be a great SCOTUS justice?

clement on January 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I dont’ give a flip if she’s running or not. She’s running off at the mouth and it’s stunning to see her perform Olympian level backflips.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

It must be pretty annoying that we all can voice an opinion ..:)

idesign on January 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Provide the evidence or Shut up.

portlandon on January 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

why provide evidence when the insinuation will do?

eva3071 on January 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

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