[Tallahassee, FL] Thought you were done with former House Speaker and wannabe president Newt Gingrich after he got trounced in Florida’s Republican primary? Think again hot shot. There are three big Newt stories brewing, with the – surprise! – Sunshine State at the center of two of them.
First up: Gingrich is asking the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) to enforce its rules regarding the winner-take-all status of Florida’s 50 delegates, of which former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney handsomely pocketed all.
Apparently, when the Republican National Committee (RNC) met last year, there was a new rule added that if any state does what Florida did – move up their primary date up to take place before Feb. 1 – that the “bad” state’s delegates be allocated according to percentage of votes.
That would mean that Gingrich could be eligible to actually make a game of it when it comes to the total number of delegates in possession. Could be, if party officials change their mind. You know, like the recount in Iowa (and we know all about recounts, don’t we).
Where it stands now: Mitt Romney has 81 delegates to Newt Gingrich‘s 27. If Florida were to follow the rules (as Gingrich sees them): Romney 54, Gingrich 43. It looks much more palatable to a possible donor, don’t you think? Also, Newt’s feelings wouldn’t be quite so hurt.
Save your tears, Mr. former Speaker. RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry isn’t playing any of your reindeer games.
RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry
“Florida was winner take all before Election Day, we were winner take all on Election Day, we will remain winner take all,” said Curry via a Feb. 2 press release.
“On September 23, 2011, RPOF’s Executive Board – 38 people including members from around the state, members who serve on the RNC, and members who are affiliated with different campaigns – unanimously passed RPOF Rule 10,” said Curry.
Oooohhhh … Rule 10.
“Rule 10 determined Florida would be winner take all if the primary date was moved by statute and Florida was penalized by RNC for the move. All campaigns and the RNC have known since then that Florida was winner take all,” added Curry, somewhat defiantly.
Even the guy in charge of Gingrich’s campaign in Florida admitted that the ploy a last-ditch effort of a sore loser. Newt 2012 Florida Chairman Bill McCollum told Fox News that if they had won, none of this would be an issue.
“It is a shame when the loser of a contest agrees to the rules before, then cries foul after losing,” zinged Curry.
But with a total of 1,144 delegates necessary to win the nomination, there is still a long way to go, and theoretically Romney will continue to create distance between the two with each successive caucus and primary victory. So it is not that big of a deal.
Unless you are the guy making fundraising calls on behalf of Newt 2012, that is.
Photo: Lance Turner/latuphoto.com/Sunshine Slate Images
Newt Gingrich points out that he’s number one in the Florida … in assault cases
OH THERE’S MORE
Newt Gingrich and his campaign are being sued for assault and battery by an Orlando-area man who claims that Newt’s security team first, physically intimidated him, then fractured his toe and then proceeded to antagonize him about it.
The security guy smashed his foot “like he was stomping out a cigarette,” says Edward Dillard of Windermere.
Dillard claims his foot was fractured by the security team after voting Tuesday in the Orlando suburb of Windermere.
And all of this unnecessary brutality because he was wearing the wrong shirt. What did the oh-so-offensive shirt say? Ron Paul 2012.
Dillard seeks $75,000 in damages.
OH THERE’S MORE TOO
Daaaant, dant-dant-dant, dant-dant-dant, dant-dant-daaaant
Rising up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive
Newt Gingrich is the first person who comes to mind when you hear those lyrics and jam that tune, right? Not at all.
That’s probably why the rock band Survivor is suing Newt Gingrich and his campaign to make him stop using their iconic song “Eye of the Tiger” at campaign appearances.
The anthemic classic rock staple, which was used to great effect in the landmark film Rocky III starring Sylvester Stallone, was a huge hit and still has a great emotional impact on audiences. That’s why people pay big bucks to use the track to “pump up the volume” on their ad campaigns.
Apparently, Survivor hasn’t gotten any checks from Newt, who is no Rocky Balboa.
In a suit filed in a Chicago federal court, songwriter Frankie “Eye of the Tiger” Sullivan alleges that Gingrich violated copyright law by blasting the 1982 tune at stump stops. Similarly, Michele Bachmann was legally reprimanded for her use of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.”
Patsy Cline’s estate had no problem with Bachmann using “Crazy,” however.
By: Mark Christopher/Sunshine Slate
Lead image: Lance Turner/latuphoto.com/Sunshine Slate Images