Posts tagged: Newt Gingrich
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.
Whoops - Salt Lake Tribune columnist Paul Rolly reports that Newt Gingrich's check for the $500 filing fee for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election bounced, and he may not be on the ballot as a result. “Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced,” Rolly reports. “He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but has not received a response. Recently, the state sent a certified letter to the campaign, stating that if the fee isn’t paid by April 20, Gingrich will be disqualified and will not be on the ballot.” You can read his full column here.
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will hold a town hall meeting in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday night, the Idaho Republican Party announced today. The event is set for 7:30pm at the Coeur d’Alene Inn, said Idaho GOP executive director Jonathan Parker. The former speaker of the U.S. House also will hold a private fundraiser at a Harrison home on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m., Parker said. Gingrich's visit marks the fourth major GOP presidential candidate to campaign in Idaho in less than two weeks.
“It's pretty exciting,” Parker said. “It's one of the primary reasons we went to the caucus system, one, to be relevant and actually have a say in who our nominee would be, but No. 2, to bring presidential candidates to Idaho to discuss issues important to Idahoans and to get them here to court our vote.”
Last week, GOP candidates Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum all campaigned in Idaho, and Paul and Santorum campaigned in North Idaho along with Boise rallies.