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Campfield on the Gingrich Campaign’s ‘Oopsie’

Sen. Stacey Campfield, in a blog post, on the effort by Newt Gingrich’s campaign to deny him a seat as a Gingrich delegate to the Republican National Convention:
Instead of playing it straight up and doing the work of a few phone calls a few weeks ago, The night before the SEC set the delegates for the campaigns, the Gingrich campaign decided to play cutesy and sent out a media blast asking the SEC not to seat me. By that time all the Santorum delegates were set.
The Gingrich campaign waited so long to do anything it would have left me nowhere to go (I guess this was the plan). They then made it worse by going public instead of talking to me about it one on one. They attacked me and mislead people about what I had said. It would have been a pretty good political “gotcha” except for one thing. The SEC came out and said while it might be possible to replace me without losing the delegate (in contrast to previous understanding) it was completely up to me. Not them.
Oopsie. Not a good way to ingratiate yourself to the one person who can help you.

Sen. Stacey Campfield, writing in his blog, on the effort by Newt Gingrich’s campaign to deny him a seat as a Gingrich delegate to the Republican National Convention:
(Note: Previous post HERE. Gingrich campaign’s letter to the SEC is HERE).

Gingrich Campaign Tries to Drop Campfield as Delegate

Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign has asked that state Sen. Stacey Campfield not be seated as a Tennessee delegate to the Republican National Convention, even though he won election as a delegate in Super Tuesday voting.
The request was made in a letter to the Republican State Executive Committee. But Adam Nickas, executive director of the state Republican party, says it would be “more appropriate” to challenge Campfield before a Republican National Committee credentials committee, not the state organization.
As far as state-level Republicans are concerned, Nickas says, Campfield is a duly-elected delegate for Gingrich, unless and until he resigns. Campfield has not resigned.
Campfield served as co-chairman of Gingrich’s campaign, but then resigned that post and endorsed Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination on the weekend before Tennessee’s Super Tuesday voting. Santorum led all candidates in Tennessee’s March 6 voting and, according to the state GOP’s official count, will be entitled to 29 of the 55 delegates decided by the voting.
Mitt Romney finished second, entitled to 17 delegates, while Gingrich was third and gets nine Tennessee delegates, based on the final state party’s determination.
The Republican SEC meets Saturday to formally designate Santorum delegates, since no one was on the ballot as a Santorum delegate and to appoint delegates who were not elected – typically prominent Republican elected officials.
Campfield said today that he was asked to resign by a Gingrich campaign official, but replied that he understood resignation would mean Gingrich loses a Tennessee delegate. He also said the told the official he wa open to looking at other options. The official, the senator said, told him, “We’ll get back to you,” but never did.
Actually, says Nickas, if Campfield resigned, the Gingrich campaign could fill his slot with an alternative delegate and not lose one of the nine delegates the former House speaker won in Tennessee’s Super Tuesday.
Campfield said he is prepared to go to the convention as a Gingrich delegate and vote for Gingrich on the first two ballots, just as party rules require. The senator says the Santorum campaign has offered him a seat as a Santorum delegate.

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Newt Pitches Cheap Gas Plan in East Tennessee Tour

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, campaigning in East Tennessee on the eve of the state’s Super Tuesday primary, touted his plan to reduce gas prices as the type of fundamental change that must be made in Washington.
From Georgiana Vines report on Knoxville doings:
Speaking to some 400 shouting and whistling supporters at the Hilton adjacent to McGhee Tyson Airport on Monday, the former U.S. House speaker said his plan to have American energy independence by using federal land and offshore drilling would produce enough oil to get the price of gas down to $2.50 and probably lower.. He said for 10 years this country’s policies toward the Middle East and its oil production have not worked.
Gingrich, who polls show is gaining ground on Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in Tennessee, said the nation needed to use its undeveloped oil reserves. As an example, he said there was private property in North Dakota he’d like to show to President Barack Obama where there was enough oil to double known reserves.
“If you can find it in North Dakota, let’s take Alaska,” he said. “Tell ’em Newt!” was on person’s response in the crowd, many of whom were waiving “Newt = $2.50” signs.

See also Hank Hayes on Newt’s Kingsport rally, where the focus was also on gas prices.

Schedule for Gingrich’s East Tennessee Tour Monday

From the Gingrich Tennessee campaign:
Monday, March 5th – Tennessee – All events are open to the Press
Address to GOP Women’s Luncheon
1pm – 1:30pm
Kingsport/East Tennessee Republican Women’s Club
1205 N Eastman Rd
Kingsport, TN 37664
Newt 2012 Kingsport Rally
1:40 – 2:10pm
Kingsport Center for Higher Education
300 W. Market Street
Kingsport, TN 37664
Note: The GOP Women’s Luncheon is “sold out.” Those who do not already have a reservation to that event must attend the second event at the Center for Higher Education.
Newt 2012 Knoxville Rally
4pm – 5pm
Hilton Knoxville Airport – Ballroom
2002 Alcoa Highway
Alcoa, TN 37701-3163
Newt 2012 Chattanooga Rally
7pm – 8pm
TAC Air Co (FBO) – Hangar #2
1001 Airport Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421

On Stacey’s Switch and Super Tuesday Shaping Up in Tennessee

The co-chairman of Newt Gingrich’s Tennessee campaign changed his allegiance Saturday to Rick Santorum, saying he hopes to set an example that leads to conservatives aligning behind a single candidate against “establishment Republican” Mitt Romney.
State Sen. Stacey Campfield’s surprise move comes with Santorum leading in Tennessee polls though under attack within the state from both pro-Romney forces and Gingrich in a frenetic finale of candidate competition for votes in Tuesday’s presidential preference primary.
The presidential campaign had been somewhat sedate in Tennessee until last week, when the three leading Republican candidates ramped up their efforts with television ads, radio ads, phone call banks, direct mail, a swarm of surrogate campaigners – Gov. Bill Haslam leading the way for Romney – plus some personal campaigning.
Romney visits Knoxville today while Gingrich plans a campaign trip through East Tennessee state Monday.
Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, traveled through the state last week, including a stop in Nashville where he had a Wednesday evening meeting with about 20 Republican legislators, according to state Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville, who arranged the gathering as the only state legislator publicly backing Santorum at the time. Eleven legislators have subsequently joined Dunn as official Santorum backers.

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Campfield Quits as Co-chair of Gingrich Campaign, Backs Santorum

State Sen. Stacey Campfield, co-chairman of Newt Gingrich’s campaign in Tennessee, announced today he is quitting that position to support Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race.
The Knoxville Republican made his announcement in a post on his blog. In an interview, Campfield said he believes that conservatives need to unite behind a single candidate and that Santorum is best positioned to defeat “establishment Republican” candidate Mitt Romney.
Campfield’s decision comes after a conversation with Santorum earlier this week.
In his blog post, Campfield said he was “twisted inside because of my loyalty to Newt, my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative leader must take precedence to my own personal whims of fancy.
:Therefore, As of now, I am stepping down as the statewide co chairman for Newt Gingrich and throwing all of my support behind Rick Santorum,” he wrote.
State Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, who until now has shared the co-chairman title with Campfield in the Gingrich Tennessee campaign, said Campfield’s move was “unfortunate.” He otherwise declined to comment, saying the two need to maintain a “working relationship in the legislature.”
“I’m not going to talk about Stacey. I love him. He’s a friend of mine,” said Shipley.

Herman Cain, Other Gingrich Backers Plan TN Bus Tour

News release from Gingrich Tennessee campaign:
Franklin, TN – Gingrich 2012 announced a two day Tennessee bus tour in support of Speaker Gingrich’s campaign. The tour begins in Franklin, TN on Friday March 2 and moves to East Tennessee with stops in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Knoxville on Saturday March 3.
Andrew Ogles, Deputy Director of the National Surrogate Program and Tennessee Victory Director for Newt 2012 noted, “Tennessee is excited to host Herman Cain and Jackie Gingrich Cushman for this tour. These two, along with Fred Thompson, Governor Rick Perry and so many others, are evidence of the breadth of support for Speaker Newt among people who know what it takes to do this job.”
Cain/Cushman Public Schedule for Tennessee Bus Tour:
Friday 3/2 – FRANKLIN, TN
7:00pm Central – Franklin City Club, public reception / rally
130 9th Ave South, Franklin Tn 37064
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday 3/3 – CHATTANOOGA, TN
9:30am – 10:00am Eastern – Chattanooga: VIP Kick Off at Gingrich Head Quarters (Meet n Greet / Load Bus)
1 Park Place, Lee Hwy, Ste 300 Chattanooga TN
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
10:15am – 11:15am Eastern – Chattanooga: Rally at The Car Barn (Rally with Press)
6721 Heritage Business Court, Chattanooga, TN 37421
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
11:30am – 12:00pm Eastern – Chattanooga: Tennessee Valley Sportsman Gun Show at the Alhambra Shrine (Drop In / Meet n Greet)
1000 Alhambra Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday 3/3 – CLEVELAND, TN
1:00pm Eastern – Cleveland TN – Public Rally at Lee University open to general public
1120 North Ocoee Street ยท Cleveland, TN 37320 (Lecture Hall)
Contact: Jarrod Casteel TN State Chair Students with Newt e: jcaste00@leeu.edu c: 423-313-2835
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday 3/3 – KNOXVILLE, TN
5:30pm Eastern – Tennessee Conservative Union Reagan Day Dinner
401 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Newt Plans East Tennessee Trip on Monday

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is planning a campaign tour through East Tennessee on Monday, the day before the state’s Republicans vote in the Super Tuesday presidential primary, according to his state campaign co-chairman.
State Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, said it’s still up in the air whether Gingrich will travel by bus or by airplane on the journey through East Tennessee.
But he said it is firm that there will be stops in the Tri-Cities area, in Knoxville and in Chattanooga. Further specifics will be forthcoming later, possibility with more stops added, Shipley said.
State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, who shares the co-chairman title in Gingrich’s Tennessee campaign, said in a blog post that Gingrich would be at Knoxville’s Sunsphere Monday afternoon and may possibly visit Oak Ridge as well.

Newt’s Chattanooga Fundraiser Draws a Crowd of 20

About 20 people attended this morning’s invitation-only fundraiser for presidential candidate Newt Gingrich at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, reports the Chattanooga TFP..
The former House Speaker briefly spoke with reporters before the fundraiser, mainly focusing on his plan to reduce gasoline prices to $2.50 per gallon if elected. The private fundraiser was closed to the media.
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond were among the attendees, but both men said they were there in their official capacities.
Others paid the fundraiser’s $1,000-per-head admission fee, including Chattanooga businessman Michael Fillauer, who owns a local medical supplies company.
“He’s very articulate and extremely intelligent,” he said. “I have concerns about the other candidates having those same qualities.”
Gingrich and his wife, Callista, toured a Choo Choo train car room afterwards.
The $1,000 bought about an hour with Gingrich, but also bagels, muffins, danish, coffee and hot tea, attendees said.
A couple dozen Occupy Chattanooga protesters stood outside the Choo Choo, hollering slogans as motorists drove by
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Gingrich Calls Santorum ‘Big Labor Republican’

By Ken Thomas, Associated Press
NASHVILLE — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Monday slammed rival Rick Santorum as a “big labor Republican,” accusing him of siding with unions over Memphis-based FedEx when the Senate grappled with a labor dispute in the 1990s.
Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman and House Speaker, is hoping to revive his struggling campaign in the South, and he tailored his message Monday to Republican voters in Tennessee. Although polls show a close race between Santorum and Mitt Romney, Gingrich challenged the former Pennsylvania senator and his conservative credentials.
“I think there are profound reasons that Rick lost the Senate race by the largest margin in Pennsylvania history in 2006 and I think it’s very hard for him to carry that all the way to the general,” Gingrich said. “Then he comes South and you take the case right here. He voted for the unions over FedEx. I suspect most folks in the state don’t know that. But in fact he was a big labor Republican in Pennsylvania and I suspect when you get to Memphis and you say to people, ‘Gee, this is a guy who wanted to guarantee that FedEx give into the unions.’ Santorum won’t be as popular the following morning.”
Gingrich was referring to a provision in a 1996 spending bill for the Federal Aviation Administration that sought to help FedEx truck drivers in their efforts to organize. A group of Democrats held up the FAA bill to protest what they said was an attempt to help FedEx prevent its truck drivers from forming a union.
In 2006, Democrat Bob Casey soundly defeated then Sen. Santorum.
Gingrich said if Romney wins the Michigan primary on Tuesday, “you’ll see things start to clarify. If, as people expect, you end up with a Romney victory in Michigan tomorrow, I think you’ll see Santorum getting a very different second look.”
Bypassing Michigan and Arizona, the other primary on Tuesday, Gingrich said voters in Tennessee and his home state of Georgia could rejuvenate his presidential bid, which has stalled since he claimed a surprise victory in last month’s South Carolina primary. The former House speaker said a handful of states voting on the mega-contest day of March 6 could propel him to wins in Mississippi and Alabama next month and delegate-rich primaries later in the spring in Texas and California.
“Then all of the sudden, the same media which said I was dead in the fall, I was ahead in December, I was dead in early January, I was ahead in mid-January, all of the sudden they’re going to say … Gingrich will be back again,” he said during a luncheon with local Republicans.
Tennessee and Georgia hold nearly one-third of the 419 delegates at stake in the 10 states voting on Super Tuesday, contests Gingrich views as crucial to his struggling presidential bid. His campaign sees a potential backdoor opening if either Romney or Santorum stumbles, setting the stage for another showdown in a prolonged series of primary contests.
At a rally on the grounds of the State Capitol, Gingrich, a former history professor, said President Andrew Jackson would have been “enraged” by Obama, citing the president’s recent decision to apologize for the actions of U.S. troops who burned Qurans while destroying documents on a military base in Afghanistan.
“Jackson understood that you want your opponents to respect you,” Gingrich said, overlooking a statue of the 19th century president riding horseback. “They don’t have to like you but they have to understand that you’re formidable and you’re dangerous.”
Later in the day, Gingrich was attending a rally at the State Capitol with former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson.
Gingrich was reaching for a strong showing in Tennessee even as a statewide poll underscored his challenges here. A Vanderbilt University poll showed Gingrich at 10 percent in the state, trailing rivals Santorum with 33 percent and Romney with 17 percent. The poll of 767 likely Republican primary voters was conducted Feb. 16-22 and had a margin of error of 3 percent.
“The race remains very fluid in this state and will likely continue to move in response to the primaries in Michigan and Arizona,” said John Geer, a Vanderbilt political scientist and co-director of the Vanderbilt Poll. “Still, this poll suggests the climb is steep for the speaker, but far from impossible in this unpredictable year.”
Earlier, Gingrich attended a health care forum at the law firm of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr., R-Tenn., urging Republicans to think of this time as “the beginning of the replacement debate rather than just the anti-Obama care debate.” Gingrich has said he would repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law if Republicans win congressional majorities.
Gingrich has offered a number of alternatives to the new health law, offering a tax credit to help people buy health insurance or the ability to deduct part of the costs from their taxes.
The former speaker returns to Georgia on Tuesday for a three-day bus tour around his home state, hoping to halt a month-long slide.
“My basic hope is to pick up some delegates virtually everywhere, pick up a lot of delegates in the South and Southwest and then with Texas and California, be totally in the race,” Gingrich said.

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