State lawmaker jumps ship from Gingrich to Romney
February 7th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
2 years ago

State lawmaker jumps ship from Gingrich to Romney

(CNN) – A Georgia state lawmaker who had been backing Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination will announce Tuesday that he's now supporting Mitt Romney.

According to the Romney campaign, Georgia State Rep. David Casas will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce he is no longer backing the former House speaker, who represented Georgia's sixth congressional district for two decades, and instead will endorse the former Massachusetts governor.

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"I am proud to endorse Mitt Romney," Casas will say in a Romney campaign release to be sent out later Tuesday. "Over the last few weeks, I have had a serious change of heart. While I initially supported Speaker Gingrich, his continued attacks upon the free enterprise system that has made our country great are particularly something I will not stand for. I look forward to joining the team and urge my fellow Georgians in supporting the clear conservative that will fight for the America we love, Mitt Romney."

"I'm happy to have David's support. David shares my vision of promoting conservative economic policies to create jobs and get our country back on track. I look forward to sharing this message to all Georgians in the months to come, with his help," Romney will say.

Georgia is one of the ten states holding their primaries on Super Tuesday, March 6.

CNN has reached out to the Gingrich campaign for reaction.

Word of Casas' move was first reported by Politico.

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Filed under: 2012 • Georgia • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Jake

    ouch! and on his home turf!?

    February 7, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. skalamba

    I'm glad he will support Romney. Romney will win the nomination!!!!and will beat Obama.

    February 7, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Drainthesewerin2012

    In response to Eric Walsh, If Obama is an idiot then that would make George W a vegatable. "W" was prove that someone that was of moderate intelligence could actually be elected to the office of President of the United States. While Obama may not be the president for many people at least he has a degree of intelligence and does not speak to his folllowers as if they only had a third grade education. When the sky was falling on our economy "W" couldn't even come up with a plan to reverse unemployment or the damge caused by his adminstration. How many Americans actually know how close this country was to completely collapsing economically? Apparently the Republicans were not paying attention to the warning signs. You can hate Obama because you beleive he wants to try to help people who are less fortunate, you can hate him because you were taught racism as a child, you can even hate him because he is in your partys enemy camp but at least come to grips with the fact that he is intelligent. H@LL even Newt and Michelle bachman are far more intelligent than "W." "W" was a nice guy but as we say down south, he's not the sharpest crayon in the box!

    February 7, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Drainthesewerin2012

    Sorry "prove" should have been "proof"
    Here comes the spellcheck police!

    February 7, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt doesn't make amends, he'd like to you think that. he's in it for revenge. These Republicans are working together to bury Gingrich for good; the Washington insiders don't want Newt anywhere near them and I don't blame them. We can't have a President whose sole purpose is to seek revenge, that's sick.

    February 7, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. logicnLA

    Don't worry Newt it's a force of nature that rats desert a sinking ship.

    February 7, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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