Paul declared Gingrich is “not from the tea party. He is not even a conservative.” Nominating the Georgia Republican would be “a giant leap backward” because he is a “big government, status quo Republican,” Paul wrote in the piece, which also criticized the Georgia Republican’s work with Freddie Mac and his endorsement of moderate Republican Congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava in 2009.
Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) trailed Gingrich in the latest Des Moines Register poll ahead of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. The younger Paul wrote that his father “was publicly warning about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the crisis they were helping to create,” while “Gingrich was earning millions to not only endorse but also promote the status quo.”
Paul spent most of the piece denigrating Gingrich, but also noted that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is “a moderate, northeastern, don’t-rock-the-boat Republican, and I think everyone in the party clearly understands that.”
His father’s campaign sent out an “In Case You Missed It” press release with excerpts of the op-ed.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.