Editor's note: Part of the CNN Republican debate fact-checking series
(CNN) - During Thursday's Republican debate, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spent time recounting the ethics investigation into former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
The statement: "But the truth is that the members of his own team, his congressional team, after his four years of leadership, they moved to replace him. They also took a vote, and 88 percent of Republicans voted to reprimand the speaker. And he did resign in disgrace after that. This was the first time in American history that a speaker of the House has resigned from the House."
And many of us patriotic Americans who love this country danced a jig when he left. He is one of the main embarrassments we had to suffer through in the 90's. With him gone, things got better for everyone.
Resignation can be made either willingly or forcefully. In this case, Gingrich resigned forcefully.
Let's just say that Newt Gingrich was given a dishonorable discharge.
As for those ethics violations that went before a committee, the committee was led and chaired by Republicans. They were not going to embarass their own party by dragging their own House Speaker through burning coals. Since they could not be viewed as credible if the committee voted to dismiss all 80+ charges, they decided to pursue one controversial instance and give him a vigorous slap on the wrist by fining him for costs. I recall that Gingrich resigned on his own accord "for the good of the party."
"Gingrich himself technically did not resign - he simply did not take his seat."
Okay, I understand now. GIngrich gets reprimanded by the House, including the overwhelming majority of his own party but he is not stigmatized by resigning – he just doesn't show up. That's the type of weasle move you would expect, and can expect in the future from this very troubled individual.
go mitt go!
I am not sure where semantics come into play, but the last time I looked, if someone was elected to a position of leadership and did not assume that office, that person has defacto resigned from said position regardless of any announcement, official or otherwise.
I don't trust or like Gingrich. He's a flip flopping government insider. I don't trust Romney either. He's a flip flopper who got Rich at the expense of others. NEXT!