Gingrich Gains Ground with Tea Party Movement
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is gaining significant ground with the tea party movement, according to several sources.
The Washington Post
reports that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) – a member of the House Tea Party Caucus -- announced his support of the former House Speaker on Thursday.
“Newt is a true conservative and a proven leader who has focused his campaign on the issues, presenting real solutions to the problems facing our country today,” the congressman said in a statement issued by the Gingrich campaign. “He is uniting conservatives across the country, and I believe he is the best man to defeat President Obama. I’m proud to put my support behind Newt and I look forward to helping him win back the White House.”
Des Moines Tea Party founder Charlie Gruschow – a former Herman Cain supporter – is also throwing his support behind Gingrich, according to The State Column
“I believe that Newt is a constitutionalist and understands the intentions of the founding fathers when they established our republic with a limited role played by the federal government and a greater role played by the states as set forth by the 10th Amendment,” Mr. Gruschow said in a statement posted to the Gingrich campaign website Wednesday.
Gruschow – also known as “Tea Party Charlie” and the founder and chairman of Tea Party of America – will also join Gingrich’s campaign as a senior advisor.
Gallup’s latest poll
of Registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents shows Gingrich leading with 47 percent of voters nationally who say they support the Tea Party movement. Mitt Romney trails in a distant second place with 17 percent followed by Ron Paul and Rick Perry tied for third at 7 percent.