In yet another sign that Newt Gingrich is more interested in his own self-service than he is in seeing his party successful in turning America around, Newt used an old and dishonest attack often rehearsed by some partisan democrats today which suggested that Mitt Romney bankrupted companies and laid employees off in his private sector years. Normally the Michigan for Mitt blog steers clear of the day-to-day dramatics of negative politicking, but in this case Michiganders will make a stand for our candidate. Newt Gingrich’s accusation is complete falsehood.
Mitt Romney is widely known both in the private and public sector to be a man possessing unique skill and leadership ability in fixing ailing organizations. This is why he was hired by Bain, why he was successful at Bain, why he was hired to turnaround the Olympics, and why he was elected as Massachusetts’ governor. In each of these situations Mitt rescued an organization from its dreary situation, whether it was in the private sector, volunteer or in government. Where has Newt been through all of this? Washington D.C. And what ailing companies, scandaled organizations, or near-bankrupt governments did Newt rescue? (A cricket chirps)
One of the companies Mitt helped to set on the right course was Staples. Staples founder Tom Stenberg weighed in on Newt’s accusation today as follows:
“Newt Gingrich comes from the world where politicians are paid millions after they retire to influence their friends in Washington. Mitt Romney comes from the private sector, where the economy is built by hard work and entrepreneurial drive. It’s clear that after 30 years as a Washington insider, Newt Gingrich has no clue how the real world economy works. After 25 years in business, Mitt Romney understands how jobs come and go, and what we need to do to get our economy back on track. If Newt Gingrich is our party’s nominee, the choice in next year’s election will be between two professional politicians, two Washington insiders, two people with no experience in the real world of job creation.” – Tom Stemberg, STAPLES Founder
Seems to be quite a different take than from what Newt theorized. But what would Newt know anyway, not being involved in the process, let alone not being involved in the private sector, let alone being a Washington D.C. insider for over 30 years?
Ok, so that’s just one company… one company that grew over leaps and bounds employing thousands of Americans over the years, that is. Still, its just one company right? Wrong. Ever heard of Brookstone, Dominos Pizza, Sealy, Sports Authority? Now consider the immense successes each of them have had since Romney’s involvement, and the hundreds of thousands of Americans that have been able to earn income from being employed by those companies. Hundreds of thousands of jobs. Quite the success story.
You can read in more detail about how Mitt Romney’s influence created jobs in the real economy and set these companies off on a path to success in The Street’s article on Mitt’s Best Buys here.
Interesting also that now, all the sudden, with Newt Gingrich getting a second look from the electorate, he has chosen to employ such a false portrayal of Mitt’s accomplishments. Don’t think its false… well, let’s just say that deep down Speaker Gingrich knows its false. He said so himself in 2010 when attacking Mitt wasn’t as utilitarian for him as it is today:
Couldn’t agree more, Speaker Gingrich! Why the flip?
Jennifer Rubin weighed in in her Right Turn opinion blog on Washington Post today:
“In starkest terms, Gingrich’s snippy response reveals that he really isn’t a free market capitalist (his crack sounds like something on an OWS sign) and that he really is same nasty character whom his party threw overboard as speaker. And for Romney, he gets to make the case once again that of the remaining candidates he actually created jobs (as opposed to presiding over others’ job-creation efforts).
One thing is certain. Gingrich is still his own worst enemy and the best witness to debunk the canard that he’s a Tea Party, pro-free market guy.”
There are plenty of reports available on other issues pertaining to Newt’s Washington D.C. ways including his connections with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and his turbulent and controversial history as a politician. Those details will be spared here as we continue to focus on issues that matter most to Michigan, chief among them being jobs and the economy.
It is because of that very focus that Michiganders will stand up and not permit false rhetoric to be spread around the country by a candidate. Many Michiganders like and agree with much of what Speaker Gingrich has had to contribute during this campaign season, but we condemn Newt’s deliberately dishonest portrayal of our native candidate’s jobs record and we will not stand for it. February 28th will testify so.
Our state and our nation have already paid too dear of a price from having bought into the empty and deceiving rhetoric of a career politician with no experience in the economy, and we are not ready to pay that price again.
Michigan stands with Mitt.