Utah elections director Mark Thomas confirmed today that his office has received a $500 cashier's check from the Newt Gingrich campaign, in time to make an April 20 deadline to replace an earlier bounced check and qualify Gingrich for the state's June 26 presidential primary election. “They corrected the issue, so at this point we are anticipating him to be on our June 26th ballot,” Thomas told Eye on Boise.
A week and a half ago, Gingrich told ABC News that the bounced check to Utah was “one of those goofy things,” and said it was accidentally written on a bank account that had been closed. Bounced checks also were an issue back in the 1992 election for Gingrich, when an opponent highlighted Gingrich's having bounced 22 checks written on the House bank when he was House minority whip, at the height of the House banking scandal; Gingrich barely won the election.
Thomas said it's not unheard of for candidates to bounce their filing fee checks to the state of Utah, but it's certainly not common. In the six years he's been there, “we've had a couple,” he said, but they were from candidates for local offices, not high-profile state or national races.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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