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Newt Gingrich's Florida team

In addition to tapping former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum to chair his statewide campaign, Newt Gingrich (or at least, his camp) announced support from other Sunshine State politicians.

Among them: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo (once Suarez's bitter foe) and former Miami state Rep. Luis Rojas.

Read the full press release after the jump.

NEWT 2012 Florida Announces Florida Statewide Leaders
and Steering Committee

Miami, FL - Bill McCollum joins Newt 2012 FL as Statewide Chairman for the campaign.  McCollum is joined by former Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty and health care administrator and policy expert Alan Levine, as Co-Chairs. 

“Newt Gingrich is the strongest possible candidate that the GOP can field against Obama in 2012.  Newt is the right person with the right set of leadership skills and vision for our country at this critical time.”  McCollum announced during his endorsement of Newt Gingrich for President. 

Crotty praised Gingrich as, “a proven conservative leader who knows how to hold the line on taxes and balance a budget.  Newt’s commitment to economic opportunity, as it relates to our nation’s space program is important; thousands of jobs were lost when Obama scrapped plans to return astronauts to space."

Levine added, “I have seen Newt's work up close.  His grasp of our country's problems and his ability to bring clarity to solutions is why I believe he is going to be a great President.  Floridians always seem to look past the rhetoric and look at records, and I think Newt's record as a conservative leader while governing is unassailable.” 

McCollum served in Congress with Gingrich during the fight for government fiscal constraint.  “Newt is the most likely Republican candidate to defeat President Obama.  He is the most able to articulate the conservative positions, is the most concise and convincing advocate, speaking and debating, is the most versed on foreign policy, and has the best plan to restore the economy.” McCollum continued.

In addition to announcing the State Leadership for Newt 2012 Florida, the campaign’s Steering Committee members were announced.  The Newt 2012 Florida Steering Committee members are active voices in state and local politics, and recognized as Florida’s business and community leaders.   

“Florida is always a top prize in the presidential election with 29 electoral votes, having statewide leadership like Bill McCollum, Rich Crotty and Alan Levine positions our campaign to tap the organizational resources of former elected officials and the intangibles that are key to Florida campaigns,” remarked Jose Mallea, Florida State Director for Newt 2012 .  “We are grateful for their support and guidance,” Mallea concluded.  

Steering Committee Members: 

Jim Norman, Florida State Senate (District 112);  Thad Altman, Florida State Senate (Dist. 24); Michael Bileca, Florida State Representative (Dist.117); Gayle Harrell, Florida State Rep. (Dist. 81); Deborah Mayfield, Florida State Rep.(Dist. 80); Carlos Trujillo*, Florida State Rep. (Dist.116); Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission; Steve Abrams, Palm Beach County Commission; Patrick Roff, Vice Mayor of Bradenton and Bradenton City Council; Ray Holt, Jacksonville City Council; Kevin Hohn, Brooksville City Council; Gary Lee, former U.S. Congressman (Lee County); John Grant, Sr.,former Florida State Senator (Hillsborough); Kurt Kelley, former Florida State Rep. (Marion); Luis Rojas, former Florida State Rep. (Miami Dade); Joe Carollo, former Mayor of Miami; Monica Rodriguez (Miami Dade); Ed Depuy, former Leon County Commission; Dan Wyrick, former Chairman of Calhoun County Commission;                       Allison DeFoor, former candidate for Lt. Governor;                                                                                                    Bruce O’Donohough, former Congressional Candidate (Orlando); William Tolley*, Brevard County Chair; Sam Rashid*, Hillsborough County Chair; Coy Clark, Honorary Brevard County Chair; Bert Ralston*, Duval County Co-Chair;  Dr. Miguel Fana*, Pinellas County Co-Chair; Nathan Meloon, Gingrich Florida Chair College Republicans; Christian Waugh, Gingrich Florida Chair of Young Republicans.

*Previously announced as Newt 2012 Florida County Leadership team. 

Bios for Newt 2012 Florida Statewide Leaders:

Bill McCollum, is the former Florida Attorney General (2007-2011).  McCollum was a member of the United State House of Representatives from 1981 to 2001, representing Central Florida.  As a member of the House, McCollum served in House leadership with Speaker Gingrich. 

Richard Crotty, a former Mayor of Orange County, Florida (2001-2010), grew up in the Orlando area and was named the most powerful person in Central Florida 4 times by the Orlando Sentinel.  Crotty is a tireless public servant, who currently serves as the executive vice president of Crossman & Company.

Alan Levine, a health care administrator and health policy expert nationally recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine.  Levine served as Secretary of Health Care Administration, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Jeb Bush.  Most recently, served as Secretary of Health for the State of Louisiana.  Levine is an expert in disaster preparedness and response.  He was part of the leadership team that responded to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.


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Jane Hoffman

I am a political consultant in Los Angeles. Just remember Newt, complaining about Romney is not going to get you more votes. Exhibit your own intelligence and take on issues and people will listen. All is fair in love an politics, don't you know?


Gingrich is the only one who CAN beat Obama. He is a true conservative and can do great in SC and FL If he stays positive and discusses how Obama has damaged this country and what he will do to fix it and get us back on the right track.

paul rever

Heres the FACTS of the ethics charge against Newt Gingrich: The one charge not dropped was a charge of claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. In addition, the House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented "intentional or ... reckless" disregard of House rules. So there it is, A TAX ERROR! Newts trivial ethics charge, nothing compared to this list:
Romni and his staff deleting all emails and taking disk drives when leaving office? Wheres Eric Holders emails about fast-n-furious? ERIC HOLDER was too busy selling weapons to the Mexican drug cartels. Maxine Waters husband owns a small bank that received 20 million in TARP funds? Waters was accused of violating three ethics rules. Charlie Rangel tax evasion? A congressional ethics subcommittee found the veteran representative guilty of 11 ethics counts. Kerry and his boat docking scandal saving 500,000 in sales tax docking it in different state than where he lives? Oblamey wasting 2 years forcing Obamacare down our throats, and Dudd-frank housing market killer? Nancy Pelosi accused of cronyism after a solar energy project, which her brother-in-law has a stake in, landed a $737 million loan guarantee from the D.O.E. Who could forget the male call-boy service being run out of Barney Franks condo? www.newt.org www.usdebtclock.org

paul rever

The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The five senators – Alan Cranston (Democrat of California), Dennis DeConcini (Democrat of Arizona), John Glenn (Democrat of Ohio), John McCain (Republican of Arizona), and Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (Democrat of Michigan) – were accused of improperly intervening in 1987 on behalf of Charles H. Keating, Jr., Chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which was the target of a regulatory investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB). The FHLBB subsequently backed off taking action against Lincoln.
Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in 1989, at a cost of over $3 billion to the federal government. Some 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many elderly investors lost their life savings. The substantial political contributions Keating had made to each of the senators, totaling $1.3 million, attracted considerable public and media attention. After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee determined in 1991 that Cranston, DeConcini, and Riegle had substantially and improperly interfered with the FHLBB's investigation of Lincoln Savings, with Cranston receiving a formal reprimand. Senators Glenn and McCain were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised "poor judgment".
All five senators served out their terms. Only Glenn and McCain ran for re-election, and they both retained their seats. McCain would go on to run for President of the United States twice, including being the Republican Party nominee in 2008.


Newt's greatest asset is that he has a vision and the know how to reign in the leberal courts, get the economy steaming forward, and be a leader. As someone who believes in the right of unborn babies not to be killed, he is in mark contrast to Romney, who's Romney-care law uses taxpayer money to kill the unborn. He even put into law that Planned Parenthood, the biggest killer of the unborn, would always have a seat on the medical board.


Perpetual war for perpetual peace, flip flopper Gingrich won't beat Obama if he is the GOP nominee.

Ron Paul is the only candidate that can beat Obama.

As poll after poll shows Paul can get more democrat and independent voter support than any other candidate. And that is what it takes to win an election.

Paul has a good, solid foreign policy that is based on an understanding of human nature and common sense. Paul is for us having a strong military and national defense and unlike Bush and Obama, won't pussyfoot around if any one messes with us.

Paul is the only candidate that has put forth a bold, sound economic plan.

Paul knows more about monetary and economic matters than all the other candidates put together. And when the impending financial and economic collapse happens, Paul is the best equipped candidate to handle it.

Paul will protect are freedoms and liberties by following the constitution and has a rock solid record in that area. And that's one of the main reasons the establishment really fears him.

Paul has not sold his soul to the devil and will not sell this country out. In other words he is not another bought and paid for status quo sock puppet. That's another reason the establishment (military industrial complex, financial terrorists on wall street, crony capitalists, globalists, neocons and the bought and paid for press that prop them up) doesn't like Paul.

On the major issues, Obama can't beat Paul in any debate, no matter what the subject is.

in the know

Ron Paul is a bigot and a racist!

John Birch

Toffler in Politics of the third wave: " For this wisdom above all, we thank Mr. JEFFERSON, who helped create the SYSTEM that served us so well for so long and that now must, in its turn, DIE and be replaced."

Gingrich wrote the forward to this book, fully endorses Toffler as his mentor, and made his work required reading when he was the leader of congress.

Deb Schmitt

Paul Rever. Thanks for the info on Newt's alleged ethics fine. Ethics violations in high stakes arenas are always a nice weapon and can be spinned very easily. Newt was ambushed by a man that will stop at nothing to win his biggest "takeover" yet. Romney is disgusting for twisting this incident while refusing to even explain his past private industry record. My prayers are with Newt as he is the ONLY candidate in the field that has PROVEN he can reform Washington, and bring prosperity back to America.

Gailyn baker

Newt was set up by the Democratic party because was making waves for their way of doing things, like he was the rock in their shoe, and if we would have had people like West and Rubio in there at the time could you imagine what the outcome could have been. But the elite repubs didn't like Newt upsetting the apple cart , so I see Newt as a true tea party example. If he could do that back then just imagine what he could do as President. Shake and bake.

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