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Democrat Naifeh Included in Newt Gingrich’s TN ‘Courtesy Calls’

Besides the public events in his presidential campaign trip to Nashville Monday, Newt Gingrich is scheduled to make “courtesy calls” on some Tennessee elected officials at the state capitol – including former Democratic House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh.
Gingrich Tennessee spokesman Ken Marrero says the visits are “bipartisan.” Others on the list include House Speaker Beth Harwell, who is supporting Romney for president, and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who is neutral since Texas Gov. Rick Perry withdrew.
Naifeh says he state Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, who is co-chairman of Gingrich’s campaign, asked him a couple of weeks ago if he would like to meet Gingrich.
Asked what they might talk about, Naifeh wondered if the former U.S. speaker knew former Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy, a Democrat whose service in Georgia overlapped Naifeh’s reign as House speaker in Tennessee. He said has heard Murphy and Gingrich are from the same area of Georgia.
Gingrich is not going to be winning a vote with a visit to the Democratic House speaker emeritus.
“I will not be voting in the Republican primary,” Naifeh said.