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When Newt Gingrich stepped down as Speaker of the House and resigned from Congress amid an ethics scandal over a book deal and revelations that he was once again dumping a wife because of an affair with a younger woman, Republicans on Capitol Hill breathed a sign of relief.
Newt was gone…or so they thought.
Gingrich may have left elected office but he did not disappear into the shadows as so many in the GOP hoped.
“Newt Gingrich is a political vampire,” one former aide tells Capitol Hill Blue. “It would take a wooden stake to kill his ego, his ambition and his bloodlust for power.”
Even as his Presidential campaigns plummets into the depths of also-rans, Republicans once again shake their heads and wonder what it will take to rid their party of the cancer called Newt Gingrich.
“Newt Gingrich is not stable,” Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu told a radio interviewer in December.
He has a personal priority over all else. The country comes maybe second or third. Philosophy comes maybe fifth. Enough is enough, this man is not stable.
Sununu stepped up his criticism this week, saying Gingrich is “un-Republican” and “coming out of left field” with his kamikaze attacks on fellow GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Tim Scott says Gingrich is trying to “cannibalize” the Republican party and warned that a 28-minute attack commercial against Mitt Romney, funded by a Las Vegas casino owner who supports the former Speaker, helps President Barack Obama in his effort to win a second term.
“The winner of the 28-minute commercial is Barack Obama,” Scott said in an interview with Fox News.
Gingrich has also drawn fire from right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh, conservative writer Michelle Malkin and tea party Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina.
“Newt is being an asshole,” says a GOP consultant. “That’s his real talent.”