Newt Gingrich: I Didn’t Lobby Because I Already Have A Ton Of Money
Newt Gingrich gave an interesting defense to charges that he spent much of the thirteen years that he has been out of Congress:
GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said the reason he didn’t do any lobbying after leaving Congress was because he “was charging $60,000 a speech” and didn’t need the money.
“I did no lobbying of any kind, period,” Gingrich said at a campaign stop on Tuesday in South Carolina. “For a practical reason — and I’m going to be really direct, OK? I was charging $60,000 a speech and the number of speeches was going up, not down.”
Gingrich also referred to himself as a celebrity.
“Normally, celebrities leave and they gradually sell fewer speeches every year,” he continued. “We were selling more.”
This made for a fun little discussion this morning on Morning Joe:
Comments like this are a great example of that good old Gingrich arrogance that I’ve referred to before and, while it may not bother his more conservative supporters, I can’t see things like this resonating very well with the vast group of independents and moderates who have spent the last several years struggling economically. Keep this up Newt, and the Obama campaign is going to start praying that you’re the nominee.