Tea Party Rallies Around Newt

Newt Gingrich

100 leaders of Tea Party groups across America are banding together to support presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, in an effort to stop the seemingly-inevitable nomination of Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate.

The conservative grass roots movement leaders are forming a coalition called Tea Partiers With Newt, according to the Daily Caller.

The announcement comes a day after the leader of South Carolina’s chapter of the Tea Party Patriots, Joe Dugan, told the Daily Caller that he is backing the former House Speaker.

Joe Dugan

“My sense is there is a growing coalition behind Newt Gingrich,” Dugan said, adding that Tea Party members do not want a “moderate” like Romney as their standard-bearer.

Not all Tea Partiers support Gingrich. Writing an op-ed for The Atlantic last December, Conor Friedersdorf said the former House Speaker would “doom” the Tea Party, noting he has backed many big-government projects the group allegedly disdains, including No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, and a back-door attempt of implementing the DREAM Act.

The Christian Science Monitor notes Gingrich was an early supporter of the Tea Party, and even compared it to his own Republican Revolution of the early 90s, which saw the GOP retake the House and Senate for the first time in decades.

Gingrich warmly welcomed the news with a press release, praising the new group in its effort to “help elect Newt and defeat Massachusetts Moderate Mitt Romney and then President Barack Obama.”

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