Newt Gingrich Forgets that He was a Carpetbagger

I cannot think of a more slash-and-burn headline than this:

Two topics Newt Gingrich should avoid dissing others about: Infidelity and Carpetbagging


Why this is a bizarre charge for Gingrich to make is he himself ran in a district he didn’t live in; and based on my knowledge of Georgia geography, was about an hour from where he lived when he filed for election.

During the 1990s round of redistricting, Georgia picked up an additional seat as a result of the 1990 United States Census. However, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly dismantled Gingrich’s old district, which stretched from the southern suburbs of Atlanta to the Alabama border. Gingrich’s home in Carrollton was drawn into the Columbus-based 3rd District, represented by five-term Democrat Richard Ray.

At the same time, the Assembly created a new 6th District in Fulton and Cobbcounties in the wealthy northern suburbs of Atlanta — an area Gingrich had never represented. However, Gingrich sold his home in Carrollton, moved to Marietta in the new 6th and won a very close Republican primary. The primary victory was tantamount to election in the new, heavily Republican district. Also, Ray narrowly lost to Republican state senator Mac Collins.

Evidently, Newt thought his continued service in Congress was more valuable than electing a Cobb County native to the House. The voters agreed, although I recall Newt’s relocation was not met with universal approval from his new constituents.

I love the total arbitrary nature of politics. Comedy gold. A song for Newt:

Papa was a rolling stone.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was alone.
Papa was a rolling stone, my son.
Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
(And when he died) All he left us was alone.