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Newt Gingrich forms North Carolina campaign team

UPDATED: Newt Gingrich's campaign became the first in North Carolina to announce a leadership team, another sign that the state's May 8 primary may matter in the contests for the Republican presidential nomination.

Tom Fetzer, a lobbyist and former state party chairman, will serve as chairman for Gingrich's campaign in the Tar Heel state. Kiernan Shanahan, a Raleigh attorney and former state party finance director, will take the finance director role. Karen Rotterman, a Raleigh consultant who helped elect former Gov. Jim Martin and President George W. Bush, will tackle the political strategy.

In making the announcement, Gingrich's campaign suggested the North Carolina primary -- though late in the nomination process -- could play a role in picking the GOP nominee. "North Carolina will be a key state in the Republican primary process and a crucial battleground state in the fall of 2012," Gingrich said in a statement.

Just yesterday, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said a muddled race with no clear favorite candidate will extend the contest and make the state relevant.

Fetzer and Shanahan are serving as volunteers while Rotterman is a paid consultant.

In a recent meeting in Washington, Shanahan said the Gingrich campaign mapped at least one scenario where North Carolina delegates will matter. "There is a scenario not unlike Obama and Clinton in 2008," Shanahan said, referring to the protracted Democratic nomination in 2008.

Shanahan called Gingrich "an agent of fundamental change" with leadership credentials and solutions. He dismisses the idea that he is merely the latest flavor of the month for fickle Republican voters who have cycled through Rick Perry and Herman Cain in recent weeks. "His surge is more intense and more sustained than others," he said.

North Carolina often plays second fiddle to its neighbor South Carolina, which hosts the "first in the South" primary every four years. And it's unclear whether other campaigns -- particularly Mitt Romney's team -- also will lay the groundwork in the state.

"I think North Carolina days being ignored by both parties in the presidential primaries are over," Fetzer said. "This is a battleground state."


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Newt Newt Newt Newt Newt

The guy trumps all others, except Ron Paul, with his smarts of how the world works. If you think he can't be and won't be elected you're kidding yourself. We're not living in teh past, most of us anyway, so that old stuff does not matter. Bring it.

America is in for a radical change and Obama wasn't even close. Millions are going to have to deal with much higher taxes and we all are going to have to cope with higher everything else. Driving all of our lives into the toilet a little deeper. Get your plungers ready to save yourselves.

As for O'Backman, the Palin wanna be, God help us. She's a total loon. You betcha'.

Ron Paul campaign growing daily!

#2 in Iowa...Ron Pauls online TV ads about Gingrich are

amazing and factual...'Serial Hypocrisy' and 'Selling Access'

google them and watch for 2 minutes of REAL NEWT FACTS ! ! !


Nice.  Yes, I take exception to the blast of  excitement, also. Most of the remarks on these boards are jokes/mislabeled advertising.  What is not a joke is the void of deliberate forethought and misguided direction we, as a nation, are headed in.  What economic future and prospects will this public school system's current generation look forward to?  Not much.  Have you noted the mass numbers who do not work?  Many state they cannot find jobs. Truth is many don't WANT the jobs available because  the pay/wages are beneath them; so much for a work ethic.  My seventeen year old just offered to work for FREE and we would have paid him to work for this company so he could learn how to work with the public and how to perform in a work setting; with that being said, fortunately, he was hired.  He is thrilled! 

I am very concerned about the future of our country and willing to articulate so in a kind, competent and clear manner minus the emotion, rhetoric and certainly no advertising.  I think it's time for my Nexium.    

Newt Gingrich

I'm no Newt Gingrich fan (although I am A GOPer). However, if the comments posted here reflect his level of opposition he's probably going to have no problem at all.

The postings here reflect a crude, unsophisticated level of political acumen that make comment boards such as this a joke. I know all of the folks mentioned and all of these silly comments are ridiculous on their face. Most comments here do nothing but reflect the ignorance of the posters. 


Heaven help us, but this is what our public schools have wrought.

Gingrich Grinch

"Shanahan called Gingrich "an agent of fundamental change" with leadership credentials and solutions."  

Yeah Shanahan, you mean like the Contract With America.  His own party booted him out of his leadship role.  Gingrich is a bloated, hyper ego, womanizing cretin.  The GOP is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Some kinda nasty

Y'all need some Nexium or Prilosec, some of that acid reflux stuff for all that regurg...That stuff on the page looks terrible! Bitter, too.  Can we tone it down some?

Are They Serious?

As Paul Krugman has said "Newt Gingrich is what a stupid man thinks a smart man sounds like" - Looks the campaign team fits the bill.

Tarheel Credentials

Clearly, he will want to stay away from naming his favorite barbecue style, especially after the ridiculous Rick Perry dust-up earlier this year. Perry was doing all right until he dissed our 'cue, and now look where he stands in the GOP rankings.

Gingrich may also want to wear a non-ACC color during his visits, or just wear plaid to show his inclusiveness.

Bring it

Bring it on Newt.  We'll be glad to look at your record of infidelity, lies, flip-flops, and chaos.

The republicans finally made little tommy get married to "prove" his orientation.

And shanahan - everyone knows he's a little guy with a big horses rear.

rottendam - perfect description of the republican party.




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