Here at home, Newt left a 24-year track record as a politician. We believe Newt’s record in Georgia is a vital evaluation tool for voters across the nation to know and understand.
While Newt is a proven terrible campaigner, it’s always possible he might find a path to victory. If that happens, Better Georgia will be ready to engage Newt on a daily basis.
To make sure we’re ready for the fight, we started sorting through public records that document Newt’s life as an hypocritical and mean-spirited family values candidate; a proponent of outlandish tax-and-spend space missions; and a top advocate in the GOP’s long-running war against Social Security benefits.
In 2011, Better Georgia contacted many candidates and campaign managers who have gone toe-to-toe with Newt during his 14 Congressional campaigns. To manage the task, Better Georgia assembled a team to read and analyze Newt’s public records. If Newt finds another surge on the campaign trail, we’ll be ready to discuss his record in full detail.
Below is a video clip of 11Alive’s Doug Richards reporting on the extensive collection of Gingrich’s writings available at GSU. In the video, Better Georgia Executive Director Bryan Long talks about some of the early findings.
Exploring the Gingrich files (11Alive, Dec. 16, 2011)
Georgia State University houses what is probably the most comprehensive public archive of Newt Gingrich’s early political career.
It sits in 19 boxes in the GSU library. Within them are newspaper articles, press releases, mail sent by him as a candidate and as a member of Congress. If Gingrich said it in public, it’s very likely documented here.
Obsession with space (11Alive, Dec. 16, 2011)
“Newt seems to have an obsession with space,” said Bryan Long. Long is among those who have discovered the Gingrich archive in recent weeks — ever since Gingrich again became a household name.
“Newt was very prolific. He was sending out four and five press releases a week,” Long said, as we watched him thumbing through the archive and photographing documents. “We found the article where he wanted to send burn patients into space.”