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Newt Commits Felony in CNN Interview?

What an Idiot!!!

The day after Palin's endorsment, in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich "promised" to give Palin a presidential appointment.

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/01/18/exp-tsr-gin...

CNN Press Room

...I was honored and delighted last night when she said if she were in South Carolina, she’d vote for Newt Gingrich....

...I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I’m president...

"Clearly Gingrich is sending the message to all the other top-level GOP celebrities, that no matter how unqualified you are, that if you are willing to help him win the South Carolina primary, you too will be rewarded with a presidential appointment."

Way to go Newt!

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 29 > § 599
§ 599. Promise of appointment by candidate

Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.



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I don't know if what this man did was a 'felony' or not, but--

most Americans have spent decades watching movies that make heroes out of the guys who break the rules--

and now *we* are paying.

Foolish Americans like those who break rules--

sad . . .

and by rules I mean GOLDEN rule types of rules--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

How is this a felon??!

She endorsed him, BEFORE he made her an offer so someone please tell me what law was broken. He did not promise her a position for her support, she gave him her support freely and THEN he promised a position. Huge difference! I am not saying I am a Newt fan but why go to the trouble of making up stories, spreading rumors etc? Does politics have to be so reactionary and nasty? Can't we just stick the facts?

It was a SITUATIONAL endorsement Palin gave.

She said that she would vote for him if she was a South Carolina voter, in order to extend the race.

Newt was clearly soliciting a FULL endorsement by offering a position in his administration. Therefore the "indirect" portion of this law would apply.

Wow,

I assumed this was happening but behind closed doors.

Why do these people always seem beyond the reach of the law?

I didn't even know Palin said that (how ludicrous considering her "supposed" beliefs). The Santorum mailer I got last week had a Palin quote on it regarding Santorum being the "true conservative" - I thought she was endorsing him after readu g that.

What a bunch of nonsense.

How does Ron Paul stand mingling with these people? Ugh...

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Felony?

Please folks, do not take general off the cuff remarks by any candidate seriously. if a felony was/were commited it would be a promise, behind closed doors, of an appointment for endorsement. During an interview, on TV, it's a different ball game.
I am not a Newt supporter but the comment about him being Senior Military professor did not mean he was/is in the military. It means the curriculm.
VOTE PAUL--PREZ!!!!

When will we act?

If this is truly felony, it doesn't matter if it was a mistake or not. Nor does it matter if he knew it was against the law. Who will file charges? Who will take this to the next, appropriate level to knock the wind out of his sails?

this isnt the furst time..

He did something similar saying he would appoint John Bolton...this was in December and I believe more blatant.

http://www.therightperspective.org/2011/12/07/gingrich-broke...

Newt Has A History

Newt has a history of doing really stupid things - we don't need another idiot in office. Sooner or later people will realize that the two party system just does not work for WE The People!

She is Neocon Barbie

Again, I got snookered into supporting a new state chairman, who soon proved to be a tool for the usual suspects. It was he who came, nearly drooling, as Sarah Palin was TA-DAH!!!! revealed as the VP at the RNC. They believe she is the perfect bait, yet she does not want to end the war. That is non-negotiable with me. I do not support spilling American blood on foreign soil, and I am even less thrilled with them declaring my homeland a battle ground.
She will string RP supporters along as long as she can, hoping he will drop out before she has to officially endorse anyone. If RP hangs in there against all their best media blackout efforts, she will still be cozy enough to use as a bargaining chip.
NO SARAH. If the VP is not sympatico with RP, I won't vote.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Ima Google her again

i forget what Palin's ever done and what would compel so many people to support her. She wasnt the one who was issued the Nobel Peace Prize for 'hope' was she? Maybe if she was the recipient of the Edward R. Murrah for bringing 'folksy' back, I could get behind her.

Hot rod

The Grinch would probably hire ol Blago too if he though he could get votes from him. Come to think of it I see a lot of similarity between Gingrich and Blagojevic (sp?), except Rod is in better shape.

People have been making this misconception...

Palin Has not officially endorsed Newt (According to A Direct question from Hannity and the Christian Science Monitor), so the law still applies. She never answered the question.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2012/0118/Did...

well then the author of this

well then the author of this article did a bad job. The very FIRST LINE says "The day after Palin's endorsment, in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer". This author is as just as biased as anyone in the liberal medai. Again can't we just stop the bickering and stick to facts?

I still think he walks

Newt never specified a position or said in unequivocal terms that he would give her a position in the administration. What he said was that he would ask her to play a large role in his administration. A good lawyer would be able to argue that this is vague enough to drive a truck through, imho.

RevPac should Sue Him

It would be very effective, and would uncover the nature of Newt...

Beware the Palin...

I've had a gut feeling about the influence of Sarah Palin for a while now.

I can't give specifics. I just don't have a good feeling about her.

My gut rarely misleads me and, if you've seen my gut you would know that is true.

In Liberty

LOL

I know the feeling!

Wasn't

her endorsement of McCain in his Senate election a clue?
How can you claim to support TEA party and RINOs too?!

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

Some people just wanna be famous

Palin is a loose cannon and we would do well to beware of her.

Sometimes she says things that I completely agree with and other times she says things that run completely contrary to what she has said before. But she doesn't do this like a normal politician, in my opinion. She does this because she likes being the center of attention.

If she wanted to be in a good position to run for president, she should have stayed on as governor of Alaska. Instead, she did an attention grabbing move and left to be a television personality. She likes being in the spotlight and her statements and attitudes reflect that.

That, at least, is the very strong impression she's given me.

Yeah prison! If he wins the

Yeah prison! If he wins the presidency he can be inaugurated from behind bars!

Raleigh, NC

Is it a Felony to Pose as Military? Newt Claims he is the longe

longest serving "Senior Military Teacher". What? He's a draft dodger. I don't blame any young man for avoiding that horrible war, but if you did.. (Romney, Gingrich), don't send our kids off to hell and death. Gingrich made this comment, once in the first SC debate, then (again), after the "debate" tonight. The ChickenHawk label from the community, from Alex Jones and others must have him paranoid, as he blurted this out, without provocation. Opps. Gingrich has never been in the military. It's looking like Rockefeller/Kissinger's boy is working as a place holder in this bogus race. It's pretty obvious that the ticket is loaded with 100% sure bet loser candidates. Except for RP, each is deeply flawed. Qbono, or who benefits? Obama's sure reelection. But we can see through this for sure:
http://foodforthethinkers.com/2011/12/23/my-email-to-newt-gi... Please ck into this website, this is big. If you FB, send it to your friends and military friends. They will know it's a fraud. This is the last stand for Liberty. GO!

What's the fine? Your quote seems to have left if out.

Twice.

The way he made the statement

The way he made the statement he probably could construe it as not being a "pledge" or "promise" of appointment, because he did not mention a specific position.

In Newt's defense, imo,

he shows signs of aspertame poisoning. Seriously, all the diet soda he drinks have affected his brain.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Aspartame Poising

Had me laughing with this! Maybe he should make an appointment to see the Dr.

It's all the marshmallows...

that got into his brain.

A fine

would be in order.

This is the second time. What

This is the second time. What is the point of having laws like this if people are too afraid to enforce them? Where will it end?

LOL, Newter does it again

He better get a fine out of the deal, Id like to see jail time for him however. hes a damn criminal.

Ron Paul 2012!

He could argue that his

He could argue that his promise wasn't "for the purpose of procuring support for his candidacy" because he already had her support when he said it.