What’s up with all these Gingrich endorsements? Do these people not know the guy’s record? Anyway, this is news because Bob Smith once left the Republican Party and flirted with the Constitution Party. I believe he twice flirted with the CP as a potential Presidential candidate. The endorsement reads in part:
“It is not enough to simply defeat President Obama. We must replace him with an inspirational, experienced, conservative leader, with the guts to challenge and change the establishment. Newt Gingrich is that leader.”
This will not make Smith’s CP friends, if he still has any, happy.
Honestly, I’m a bit embarrassed for Smith who comes off as kinda pathetic. His Senate speech leaving the GOP was really quite good, but he went back like a dog with his tail tucked between his legs, and it has all been down hill from there. He seems to be desperately trying to recapture a piece of his former status to no avail. He briefly ran for Senate in Florida this last cycle. Anyone who would endorse Gingrich at this point was never CP material to begin with as some of us suggested at the time.
Cross posted (without the editorial content) at Independent Political Report. There our friend Peter Gemma reminds us that Smith endorsed Duncan Hunter in 2008, which I had forgotten. I guess he has moved on entirely from his third party flirtation phase.
Editor’s Note: I just added a category for Newt Gingrich since we will unfortunately be talking a lot about him for a while.