Atlanta, GA - With hours to go before the Georgia GOP straw poll in Perry this weekend, the Newt 2012 campaign announced a list of Republican lawmakers and elected officials who have endorsed Newt Gingrich for President.
State Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta). Hill is chairman of the Senate Government Oversight Committee and has turned to Gingrich for ideas on health reform.
State Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee. Cooper has been a longtime ally of Gingrich.
State Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs). Wilkinson is chairman of the House Ethics Committee and served in the Reagan Administration.
State Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell). Geisinger first served in the House from 1969-1974 and was re-elected when Republicans took the Majority in 2004. He used to be a guest speaker in Professor Gingrich’s history classes at West Georgia College in Carrollton.
State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Canton). Jerguson is chairman of the Cherokee County legislative delegation.
State Rep. Paulette Braddock (R-Hiram). Braddock is a freshman from Paulding County who is assisting on the Newt 2012 leadership team in Georgia.
State Rep. Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin). Hatchett is one of the Governor's floor leader and a small business owner from middle Georgia. He now holds the seat currently held by former longtime minority leader Rep. Dubose Porter.
Governor Nathan Deal.
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens
Public Service Commissioners Stan Wise and Lauren “Bubba” McDonald.
Members of Congress
U.S. Rep. Tom Price of the 6th District; U.S. Rep. Austin Scott of the 8th District; U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of the 11th District and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of the 1st District.
Former Georgia Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller, is national co-chairman of the Newt 2012 campaign. Georgia’s current Governor, Nathan Deal, is the other co-chairman of the Newt 2012 campaign.
“The Georgia Republican Party has come a long way,” Gingrich said. “I am proud to have the support of my fellow Republicans.”
Gingrich went on to say that his relationships with some elected officials go back forty years or more when Republicans were hard to find in Georgia.
“I have known some of these folks since my first days in Republican politics,” said the former House Speaker. “Together we have worked to make America stronger, freer and more prosperous. With a new President we can go even further, and I am grateful to have them on my team.”
State Rep. Joe Wilkinson, who worked in the Reagan White House press office, called Gingrich “America’s Winston Churchill.”
“They too had to turn to the brightest candidate and the one with the most vision to save their nation,” Wilkinson said. “Newt is the candidate who can save and restore America.”
NOTE: Gingrich will attend the Georgia Republican Party annual Fish Fry in Perry, Ga. this coming Saturday. Newt will arrive at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Newt 2012 Press Release on Georgia Endorsements