February 4th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
13 years ago

Club for Growth targets Gingrich

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/30/art.gingrich.gi.jpg caption="Newt Gingrich is being attacked by the conservative Club for Growth."]Washington (CNN) - The conservative Club for Growth is hitting back at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for criticizing the small government group during an appearance in Utah for Republican Sen. Bob Bennett. The Club is actively working to defeat Bennett, who is seeking re-election in November.

Several Republicans are challenging Bennett from his right flank as he seeks a fourth term, largely because of his vote in favor of the Wall Street bailout in 2008. While the Club has said they will oppose Bennett, they haven't said which candidate they will support instead.

But Bennett has the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee - which as a rule supports Republican incumbents - and on Wednesday Gingrich showed up in Salt Lake City to lend a hand.

"I wish the Club for Growth would spend as much time and energy to defeat liberal Democrats as they do dividing Republicans," Gingrich told a crowd at Bennett's formal campaign launch, according to the Deseret News. "I try to defeat liberal Democrats. I don't spend much time trying to defeat Republicans."

That prompted the influential conservative group to take a shot at Gingrich for backing "ultra-liberal" Dede Scozzafava in last year's special election in New York's 23rd district. The moderate Scozzafava quit the race after being harangued by conservative activists who supported Doug Hoffman. Democrat Bill Owens eventually won the race.

"Newt has proven time and again that he will support any Republican, regardless of policies and principles," said Club president Chris Chocola in a statement. "That's his right, but the Club for Growth PAC puts principles over party,"

"Newt was wrong about New York-23, and he's wrong about Utah," Chocola continued. "And pretty soon, Bennett will wish Newt never gave him the kiss of Dede."

Filed under: 2010 • Club for Growth • Newt Gingrich • Utah
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. EC

    The Rabid infested Republican Party is eating their own once again.

    All the GOP has time to do is go around pooping their OBSTRUCTIONIST IGNORANCE all over the country while sucking the life out of millions of American families. You gotta love the hypocrisy!

    February 4, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Benford I Wenston

    Republicans don’t vote on principle they vote on ideology. One would need to have principles to vote on them

    February 4, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Dieseler

    Uhhh.... I feel like I've been beaten with the Club for Growth...!

    February 4, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. mk

    Newtie has proven time and time again that he, himself, has no principles. Adultry anyone?

    February 4, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. jake

    I sure hope old Newt runs for president.........President Obama will be sure to win, even if his approval rating is only 10%. Go Newt Go

    February 4, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. A. Goodwin

    This couldn't get any better...seriously. Keep it coming Rign-wing-nuts. You make us Dems look great with every stupid step you take.

    February 4, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    How any sane human being ever could vote for a republican is mind boggling to say the least. people should remember that when you vote republican, the rich get richer and the poor and middle class get screwed not to mention poorer.

    February 4, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. jake

    Franky Do you remember bush and chenney? the real Amerian terroist

    February 4, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. afgail

    It would be no great loss if Bennet was defeated. He's just a pimple on the heinie of the GOP.

    February 4, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Orange Curtain, CA

    The Republicans are getting more and more radicalized every day. Do they really think they can grow the party by moving to the extreme right and forcing out all the moderates? The GOP is looking more like a fundamentalist Taliban extremist party that wants to hold the entire nation hostage and turn the clock back several decades.

    February 4, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. Montymarie

    I wonder if the Repubs have figured it out yet....
    Every time they open their mean, hateful mouths the Democrats need to keep doing what they're doing: smash them back down like right here.
    No more bi-partisan crap. They wanted war–well, they've got it. Let's see how much they like it.
    We militant moderates need to join in this smashing, too. Leave these confirmed haters nowhere to hide, ever again.

    February 4, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Grant Devereaux

    The ultra-conservative club for growth has nothing but tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and deregulation of all laws that prevent financial fraud as its agenda. It is corrupt as hell and will destroy the Republican party in its all or nothing game.

    February 4, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. Pat

    Isn't Club for Growth and oxymoron when they want to narrow not grow the GOP base. Someone want to explain to me how that helps the GOP to grow. It fractures the party into pieces and if those pieces are broken then who runs successfully against any Democrat. You will never have the votes. Explain to me please how this helps anything. I am 65 and never in my life have I seen such a train wreck of parties on both sides of the aisle. Hey kids stop fighting amongst yourselves and get some work done.

    February 4, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Mary

    Newt Gingrich served his former wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital with cancer. That says it all for me. He is a first class cad, like most republican politicians. I heard this morning he got $6 million in donations to help finance a 2012 run for President. A bunch of companies and people just wasted a lot of money. He will never live down the callous way he treated his ex-wife.

    February 4, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Perry

    I am still trying to understand the "Tea Party" The repubs come up with a Reagan based republican plan to save the economy from total implosion. So the baggers get mad and say throw the bums out lets elect some "more republican" republicans. Trickle down economics doesn't suit them now? HERETICS!

    February 4, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. 21k

    Even rabid red-state Rushdroids have to admit that Newtie-boy does not have a very good track-record when it comes to exercising good judgement on truly important matters.

    He failed to exhibit strong personal character during the whole House Speaker book deal thing. And don't get us started about how he was having immoral relations with mistresses while still married to someone else, TWO times! What kind of man dumps a wife while she is undergoing chemo?

    February 4, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. Pragmatic

    Any party who even considered a "purity pledge" has a real problem. They now think they can improve on the original 10 Commandments – which is really arrogant,, ignore the fact that even Reagan would not pass through the eye of that needle ... and actively work to ban any independent thinking are the real "unAmerican traitors" ... working for a dictatorship of unprecedented proportions!

    February 4, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. ED FL

    One half of the GOP alley cats is at it again. Newt and Guilliani the other half of the GOP should give up politics and set up a buisness on 42ndst in New york City based on the activities of the early fifties. These two philanders are a lost cause in humanity much less politics.their backgrounds are parrallel for behavior and shame. Give it up you two are not going anywhere ion legitimate politics.

    February 4, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Brad

    The one thig that saved Republicans was Democratic stupidity. The one thing that will save the Democrats is Republican stupidity.

    February 4, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Kool Aid

    I was wondering why all the comments seem so childish and uber-liberal then I remembered that it was a CNN site......nuff said

    February 4, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Texas Jack

    Why is this man still in politics?

    February 4, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. A keen observer

    These fools just cannot figure out that a circular firing squad is deadly for all the shooters!

    February 4, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. A keen observer

    What happened to Rush? He needs to control his party because the members are all trying to kill each other. Does this mean the end of the Party of NO?

    February 4, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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