January 11th, 2010
08:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich to attend SRLC

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is slated to speak at a high-profile Republican conference with 2012 implications.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is slated to speak at a high-profile Republican conference with 2012 implications.

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is slated to speak at a high-profile Republican conference with 2012 implications, organizers announced Monday.

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference announced Monday morning that Gingrich will address the event, which takes place April 8-11 in New Orleans. The conference is a major gathering of Republican candidates, donors and activists from 14 Southern states.

The SRLC announced last week that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, another possible contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, would speak at the event. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, also considered a potential White House hopeful, will also speak at SRLC, a source close to Pawlenty confirms to CNN. A senior adviser to Mitt Romney, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate who may make another run in 2012, tells CNN that the former Massachusetts governor will not attend the conference.

Political watchers will be paying close attention to the SRLC conference, and not just because several potential presidential candidates are expected to attend. The SRLC - "the most prominent Republican event outside of a Republican National Convention," the organization boasts - also conducts a presidential straw poll.


The straw poll has had a mixed record of predicting future electoral success. George W. Bush, who was then governor of Texas, won the poll in 1998, two years before his presidential bid. But former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist took first place at the 2006 conference, which was held in his home state of Tennessee. Frist never mounted a presidential bid.

"Newt Gingrich's leadership and vision have been a critical part of Republican victories over the past 20 years and we're excited to have him at the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference," said Charlie Davis, SRLC Director, in a statement released Monday. "Newt continues to have a profound effect on the direction of our nation."

Gingrich also recently filed government paperwork to form a political action committee, named American Solutions PAC, according to Federal Election Commission records. The forming of a political action committee will allow Gingrich to raise cash and donate the money to federal and state candidates across the country. It could also be a sign that Gingrich is serious about running for the White House in 2012.

American Solutions is also the name of Gringrich's political organization, which is incorporated as a 527 group, and is not subject to the same contribution limits as political action committees. Unlike PACs, 527s can also directly accept funds from corporations but are barred from directly contributing to a candidate or financing a potential White House bid.

Gingrich joins Palin, Pawlenty, Romney, and Mike Huckabee as possible GOP presidential hopefuls who have launched political action committees.


–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand and Peter Hamby contributed to this report


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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Robert J

    Great! Gingerich was at the heart of and the start of the "moral majority" fiasco that guided repugs for 15 plus years. Lokk what that brought us. Bush / Cheney / DeLay / Rumsfeld / Rice and a host of other liars and self serving useless politicians>It should not be too hard to remind people of the good ole Bush days. I am sure everyone would like another dose. So let Gingerich lead all the spineless / numbnut Rpublicans. Maybe he can get that other idiot Limabaugh on the slate with him. Then we can watch the repug ship sink!

    January 11, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    I don't understand Gingrich. One day he'll say that the extremists in the party are damaging the party's electability, then on another day he'll be extremist himself, like he was on O'Reily the other night.

    Which is it Newt?

    January 11, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. A Guy

    This Democrat would love it if the guy from the "family values" party who was cheating on his wife, while castigating Bill Clinton for the exact same behavior, would win the Republican nomination in 2012

    January 11, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    a rally of morons.....

    January 11, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Squigman

    A large mass of hot air, surrounded by an even larger mass of blubber.

    January 11, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. larry l

    Thr right-wing is quite forgiving. The "Newt" was having his own affair (while his wife fought cancer) – yet led the charge against Bill Clinton! The little weasel is the prototype of a slimey politician and conservatives are too stupid to ignore him.

    January 11, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. katiec

    I am surprised at the southern republicans rallying around Gingrich.
    Although a radical, I have never seen him or his actions coincide with the religious right.
    But, as proven, Gingrich will spout anything that he thinks will get him attention. Certainly, he does not fill the conditiions of the "10 step program" that is now being required for republican support.

    January 11, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor old Newt,we think he really always just wanted to be an airport restroom toewrestler.He missed his true calling poor fellow.

    January 11, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Beth, N. Texas

    "Newt continues to have a profound effect on the direction of our nation." (Charles Davis, SLRC Director)

    Yes–a profoundly negative.effect!

    January 11, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Gingrich, McPalin, Giuliani, and Romney all seem to think they can sit on their butts until to 2012, doing nothing more than opening their mouth to let hot air and gas to escape, and then deserve to be President.. What else do they do these days? Maybe it is the best strategy for Republicans coveting the White House because if they were in a position of public confidence they would be making a record of reasons why nobody should vote for them.

    January 11, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Debbie

    Why does Gingrich keep trying for Pres? He's worse now than back in the 90's!

    January 11, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. who cares

    OMG.....Gingrich in the White House? It'll never happen!

    January 11, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. B

    Like they say "The more things change, the more they stay the same".....

    January 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    So what? A prominent ignoramous is going to join his fellow ingorami (is that the plural?) at a ho-down to promote ignorance. "Pass the moonshine maw...I thinky this here trickle-down free market economics hoodoo might make more sense after a couple more gulps."

    January 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Michael from Ventura

    Birds of a feather..........I'm so glad I switched parties YEARS ago! How many ways are there to say NO?

    January 11, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. clint

    Its time for this "Father of Scorched Earth Partisan Politics" to move on. He has done enough damage to this country already.

    January 11, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is he planning on running in 2012 for the presidency? That could be good for both the GOP and Democrats. It could rally the GOP base as well the Democrats base. It all depends on how he opens his mouth.

    January 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. JA/TN

    you lose again with Palin's nomination

    January 11, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    "Southern Republican Leadership Conference "

    Kinda says it all , doesn't it? Could just as well read southern white male leadership conference.

    January 11, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    They better be careful because the GingGRINCH that stole HOPE and CHANGE is attending the Southern Republican Leadership Conference............. And why is it SOUTHERN – are NO northerns allowed?????

    January 11, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Larry

    Gingrich and Palin.....the best the Republicans have to offer.

    That's pathetic!

    January 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. notfooledbydistractions

    A discredited politician that was asked to leave by members of his own party decides to make a second run? Go on ahead Newt, but reality tells me Newts best days are behind him.

    January 11, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. strong

    We can all hardly wait for the "pearls of wisdom" to flow from his mouth.

    January 11, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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