Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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It was just the other day that Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich said that his campaign was hanging by a shoe string. It appears worse that that after a $500 check to pay his filing fee in Utah bounced.

He has until April 20 to make good on the payment to end up on the ballot in Utah.

Utah is the final presidential primary of the nominating season. It will take place on June 26.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune which covered the story,

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 after the check was deposited, the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced. He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but have not received a response.

 

With Rick Santorum suspending his campaign and then asking his supporters to help pay his campaign debt, Newt Gingrich also took it upon himself to put himself in debt in this campaign to the tune of $4.5 million which is in his name. He has also claimed that his campaign is operating on a shoestring and apparently now we see how short that shoe string is.

 

With that said, isn’t this just how Washington politics works? These are the guys who are supposed to be for personal responsibility. I fully understand that this happens on both sides of the aisle in every election. But it shouldn’t. It seems that they don’t have the financial support to be in the race, so they go get millions of dollars in debt and then they ask the people to pay for their debt.

I’m not picking on Newt here. This is the case with Rick Santorum as I’ve pointed out and earlier I included it was true of Hilary Clinton as well.

What is most ironic is the Ron Paul campaign is the campaign that is truly conservative in how it is run. According to their financials at opensecrets.org, the Paul campaign is running currently with over $1 million in cash on hand. That is telling isn’t it? It says The Ron Paul campaign operates as true conservatives. They conduct their operation within a budget, not spend and then hope people will dig them out of the ditch later.

I’ll ask my fellow conservatives, do you want someone in office who tells you they will control spending and are conservative, or do you want someone who not only tells you that but actually does it, even in his own campaign. Ron Paul has been conducting himself this way for most of his life and in all of the time of his public service and he can beat Barack Obama on the issues.

In the end it does make me wonder when I see this in the campaign, what makes us think it will not transfer over into the work done in office? I understand fully that a campaign is different than holding office, and yet in many ways it says a lot about the mindset doesn’t it? If we are truly conservative, should we not be operating that way personally, as well as when it comes to government? Just something to think about.


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