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. diridi

    proven truth is none of the GOP idiots have any "Ethics". Here I bow my head down. Obama2012.

    February 7, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Newt's ship is sinking fast... Time to fully support Romney and get on with replacing the idiot in the Whitehouse so we can get this country moving again.

    February 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    "clear conservative" my eye. What a joke. This guy is looking for some payback when Mittens wins the nomination. Too bad he'll be involved in a losing campaign

    February 7, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Cancit

    HAHAHA. All this flip flopping is making me dizzy.

    February 7, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. SMH

    It is definitely over for Newt. For someone to call it a two person race, he sure is lagging behind with everything he do.

    Obama/Biden 2012.

    February 7, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Charlie from the North

    When a ship is sinking te rats are the first to know.

    February 7, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. frespech

    If you believe this decision was made individually with no outside influence pedalling then I have the plans to a proposed brige between Keywest Florida and Cuba I will sell you very cheap.

    February 7, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Cfrench

    Old Newt is a ship that's sinking fast. People see him for what he is; an angry out of touch old white guy who thinks he's the smartest man on the planet. Well, on thing's for sure, he certainly has the largest ego on the planet.

    February 7, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. frespech

    bridge, sorry

    February 7, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Who would have thought? One political generation after leaving the Congress that Newt Gingrich, of all people, could be tagged for behavior not becoming of a proper Republican: for been too much like a liberal; for attacking free enterprise: for attacking Republicans: for endorsing socialized medicine, etc.

    February 7, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Jose Canyusi

    Why Gingrich shouldn't be President:
    He is such an alienating personality that politicians in his own party from his home state turn against him....how can you lead the country if nobody wants to follow you?

    Why Romney shouldn't be president:
    "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."

    Conservatives have destroyed the middle class & working class for the last 32 years; anyone that wants to continue the conservative's destruction of what's left of the middle class & working class SHOULD BE DRIVEN OUT OF PUBLIC OFFICE ALTOGETHER!!!!

    February 7, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Who needs enemies when you have friends like this Newt. The sad thing is that he's a Georgia lawmaker. A serious change of heart? Sounds like he was offered a campaign position.

    February 7, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Stottecox

    Amazing post and it's definitly worth a comment from me. You have earned a loyal fan.

    February 7, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. shoegazer

    Seems logical....a flip-flopper supporting a flip-flopper.Sounds like a match made in heaven.

    February 7, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Clown car

    Birds of a feather flip-flop together. LOL

    February 7, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Who cares? Casas will be just another disappointed voter in November.

    I am becoming increasingly more and more bored everyday with each of these republican wackos and I really wish we could vote today and get this over with.

    Obama 2012.

    February 7, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Obama's Snake Oil on Sale - Git yur lies and deceit here!!

    Ahhh Newt.... a snake after my own heart!

    February 7, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. animal48

    The GOP flip-flops so much, they should change their mascot to an Asian Carp

    February 7, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Jamie from Riverside

    Oh Eric Walsh, you sound like the perfect guy to fill the new opening in Newt's campaign.

    February 7, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Newt's ship is sinking fast... Time to fully support Romney and get on with replacing the idiot in the Whitehouse so we can get this country moving again.
    -----------------
    It would appear that "Truth's" ship has sailed, too. Has moved on, and become a "snake oil" salesman.

    February 7, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    It was conservative economic policies that put America in the poor house in the first place! Who wants more of that?

    February 7, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. eric walsh

    not a fan of newt either. i am very ashamed that the citizens of this country voted such an inept person into the white house.

    February 7, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. unsub

    where is Palin?

    February 7, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. eric

    also how can anyone have respect for a president that is misleading the country into believing that we are actually pulling out of iraq. i am a veteran who has alot of friends in the military still and as soon as this election is over our troops will be right back over there. we are builing an embassy in iraq that hold 15,000 troops ya great pull oout

    February 7, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    People are leaving Gingrich for various reasons. It would be nice to know why so we can see if they are doing for some implicit support that they would get in the future or if there really is some ideological match. I think that because Romney has the money they are moving.

    February 7, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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