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300 Tea Party Groups Endorse Newt Gingrich

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Orlando, FL – In another sign of Newt Gingrich’s surging momentum, 200 additional Tea Party Organizers have joined the coalition Tea Partiers With Newt. This Coalition now represents 300 Tea Party organizers from 36 states who have joined together to help elect a bold Reagan conservative in Speaker Newt Gingrich and defeat Massachusetts Moderate Mitt Romney and then President Barack Obama.

Earlier today Newt2012 announced the endorsement of 47 Florida Tea Party organizers who also joined Tea Partiers With Newt.

Tea Party support for Newt in Florida is extremely high according to Tom Gaitens, Former Florida State Director of FreedomWorks. “Newt Gingrich is a Reagan Conservative and Mitt Romney is not. Their records clearly support this. If Americans truly want to have real change they will elect the man who balanced four federal budgets, who has reformed entitlements and not the man who is a Massachusetts Moderate who governed as a liberal and continues to flip flop on every Conservative issue.”

“The GOP establishment and liberal and conservative mainstream media assault on the Speaker clearly shows that the people who have torn our great nation down are afraid of change and bold vision. Another moderate GOP nominee in Mitt Romney will result in the reelection of President Obama.” said Patricia Sullivan, Founder of Patriot Army and Co-Founder of North Lake Tea Party from Eustis, FL.

“The Tea Party is not going to sit by and let the establishment determine who our nominee is. Our time for remaining quiet and balancing our ideals with staying out of elections is absolutely over. We will either elect Newt Gingrich or we will have the second incarnation of John McCain – and we all know how that turned out,” said Karin Hoffman, who leads DC Works For Us in Broward County, FL and has organized meetings between key Tea Party organizers and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and also former Chairman Michael Steele.

Full list of endorsements:

United States House of Representatives

Representative Joe Barton of Texas, Chairman Emeritus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
Representative Michael Burgess of Texas
Representative Phil Gingrey of Georgia
Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia
Representative Tom Price of Georgia
Representative Austin Scott of Georgia
Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia
Representative Andy Harris of Maryland
Representative Trent Franks of Arizona
Representative David Rivera of Florida

Governors and State Constitutional officers

Governor, former Presidential candidate Rick Perry of Texas
Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens
Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise
Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald

Former officeholders

Former Senator, former Presidential candidate and actor Fred Thompson of Tennessee
Former Senator Bob Smith of New Hampshire
Former Senator and Governor Zell Miller of Georgia
Former Representative Fred Grandy of Iowa
Former Representative Greg Ganske of Iowa
Former Representative J. C. Watts of Oklahoma
Former Representative John Napier of South Carolina
Former Representative, former Attorney General Bill McCollum of Florida
Former Representative Gary Lee of Florida
Former Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia
Former Lieutenant Governor André Bauer of South Carolina

Former diplomats, board members and other officials

Former United States Treasurer Rosario Marin
Former Ambassador to Tanzania, former Commerce Secretary of South Carolina Bob Royall
Former member of President Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board Arthur Laffer
Former Director of White House speechwriting for President Ronald Reagan Bently Elliott
Former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, partner at the Nexsen Pruet law firm, Billy Wilkins
Former member of the board of visitors at the Medical University of South Carolina Debra Wilkins

Current and former state and local officials and party officeholders in Florida

Former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo
Former Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty
Vice Mayor of Bradenton and Bradenton City Councillor Patrick Roff
State Senator Jim Norman
State Senator Thad Altman
Former State Senator John Grant, Sr.
State Representative Michael Bileca
State Representative Gayle Harrell
State Representative Deborah Mayfield
State Representative Carlos Trujillo
Former State Representative Kurt Kelley
Former State Representative Monica Rodriguez
Former State Representative Luis Rojas
Brevard County Chair William Tolley
Hillsborough County Chair Sam Rashid
Honorary Brevard County Chair Coy Clark
Duval County Co-Chair Bert Ralston
Pinellas County Co-Chair Dr. Miguel Fana
Jacksonville City Councillor Ray Holt
Brooksville City Councillor Kevin Hohn
Former Chairman of Calhoun County Commission Dan Wyrick
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez
Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams
Former Leon County Commissioner Ed Depuy
Gingrich Florida Chair College Republicans Nathan Meloon
Gingrich Florida Chair of Young Republicans Christian Waugh

Mike Reagan: Gingrich Will Continue Reagan Legacy

Newsmax:

Newsmax and Ronald Reagan’s eldest son, Michael, say the 2012 presidential election is crucial to America’s future and Newt Gingrich is the candidate who will best continue the Reagan legacy.
Introducing an exclusive Newsmax interview with Gingrich, Reagan says the former House speaker “will help continue my father’s legacy.”

Gingrich is “a man who fought in Congress for my father’s programs, a man who believes that President Obama’s vision for America is a dangerous one and must be stopped and reversed.”

Recounting Gingrich’s amazing career, Reagan says that, after he was first elected to Congress in 1978, he “began to confront the usual politics and became a leading ally of my father, Ronald Reagan. He helped Congress push through massive tax cuts. He worked to secure a military buildup that helped defeat the Soviet Union. Under his leadership, Congress also limited the welfare state. As a leader in the Reagan revolution, Gingrich began to confront both Republicans and Democrats in Congress for their cozy insider deals.”

Michael Reagan also reminds viewers that House Speaker Newt Gingrich was the key conservative figure behind the Contract with America, which helped the GOP gain control of Congress in 1994 and led to the first balanced budget in decades.

And since leaving Congress, Reagan adds, Gingrich “has remained at the forefront of an American political scene” and “helped keep my father’s legacy alive.”

Read more on Newsmax.com: Gingrich Will Continue Reagan Legacy, Says Mike Reagan

Dr. Thomas Sowell Defends Newt Gingrich

The politics of personal distraction. This is mostly what the opponents of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are using to try and trash him personally to the voters. The facts are that when he was in office he was able to carry out most of his promises and the Contract With America in spite of Democrat and media opposition. After he left office the GOP lost their way and became Democrats lite in too many policy areas.

Dr. Thomas Sowell:

Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell

If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office.

What the media call Gingrich’s “baggage” concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money running a consulting firm after he left Congress. This kind of stuff makes lots of talking points that we will no doubt hear, again and again, over the next weeks and months.

But how much weight should we give to this stuff when we are talking about the future of a nation?

This is not just another election and Barack Obama is not just another president whose policies we may not like. With all of President Obama’s broken promises, glib demagoguery and cynical political moves, one promise he has kept all too well. That was his boast on the eve of the 2008 election:

“We are going to change the United States of America.”

Many Americans are already saying that they can hardly recognize the country they grew up in. We have already started down the path that has led Western European nations to the brink of financial disaster.

Internationally, it is worse. A president who has pulled the rug out from under our allies, whether in Eastern Europe or the Middle East, tried to cozy up to our enemies, and has bowed low from the waist to foreign leaders certainly has not represented either the values or the interests of America. If he continues to do nothing that is likely to stop terrorist-sponsoring Iran from getting nuclear weapons, the consequences can be beyond our worst imagining.

Against this background, how much does Gingrich’s personal life matter, whether we accept his claim that he has now matured or his critics’ claim that he has not? Nor should we sell the public short by saying that they are going to vote on the basis of tabloid stuff or media talking points, when the fate of this nation hangs in the balance.

Even back in the 19th century, when the scandal came out that Grover Cleveland had fathered a child out of wedlock — and he publicly admitted it — the voters nevertheless sent him to the White House, where he became one of the better presidents.

Do we wish we had another Ronald Reagan? We could certainly use one. But we have to play the hand we were dealt. And the Reagan card is not in the deck.