Concord - As former Republican House Speaker and ultimate Washington GOP insider Newt Gingrich prepares to visit the Granite State tomorrow, one can't help but wonder if he'll find time to do what other Washington GOP insiders have done to date - endorse fellow insider Charlie Bass's re-run candidacy.
Gingrich is a longtime mentor to Bass:
- One month before he was ever elected to Congress, on September 28 1994, Charlie Bass posed at a Newt Gingrich press conference, signing Gingrich's "Contract with America". http://www.lib.umich.edu/files/libraries/govdocs/text/cwasign.txt
- In 2006 Bass praised Gingrich's intellectual leadership, saying "If there was ever anyone in politics who's an ideas man, it's Newt Gingrich." http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/the-thinker-0?page=0,1
- Last month, Charlie Bass wrote an op-ed in a Washington newspaper with Gingrich's former "confidant and tax policy advisor" Grover Norquist, calling for a "U-turn" to the economic policies of Bush and Gingrich.
Meanwhile, this past fall Newt Gingrich waded into another Republican primary in the special election for NY-23, where he endorsed Washington establishment GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava over Tea Party activist Doug Hoffman. http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/10/newt_gingrich_endorses_dede_sc.html
Will he do the same for insider Bass against tea party activist Jennifer Horn, or will he snub his old friend and protégé?
"Considering virtually every other Washington Republican establishment figure has lined up behind Bass's candidacy, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Gingrich gets in line as well," said Derek Richer, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire State Democratic Party. "Unfortunately, Republicans fail to understand that having these establishment types force Bass's re-run candidacy upon independent Granite State voters simply won't work."
"Granite Staters take pride in our independence and Republicans who don't get that are grossly out of touch. Bass was sent packing once already because of his fiscally irresponsible record and regardless of how hard party bosses in Washington try, he shouldn't expect for that record to ever be embraced again."