Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, his failed presidential campaign mired in millions of dollars in debt and his political future uncertain, “unofficially” suspended his campaign Wednesday and will bow out officially next week with an expected endorsement of Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination.
Defiant to the end, Gingrich still insisted Wednesday he is the “best candidate” in the GOP field, a faint boast in a primary campaign that many feel brought out the worst slate of contenders in presidential history.
In the end, the Republican who lived lavishly while preaching financial austerity bounced checks and drew just handfuls of die-hard supporters to events where he hoarsely tried to hang on to a campaign that surprised some, offended many and showcased an old war horse past his prime and ready for pasture.
“Newt is finished,” a veteran GOP analyst told Capitol Hill Blue Wednesday. “This was his last harrah.”
Perhaps but Gingrich has been counted out before and always found a way to come back.
Georgia GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart feels Gingrich is out of future presidential sweepstakes.
“This will be his last run for President,” she said Wednesday but Everhart feels Gingrich will remain a fixture in the GOP.
Others aren’t so sure.
“The Speaker burned a lot of bridges,” GOP strategist Joe Overton said Wednesday. “The Republican party really doesn’t want anything to do with him.”
Still unclear is whether or not Gingrich will have any role in the GOP convention in Tampa.
Meanwhile, Romney scored another endorsement Wednesday with former challenger Rick Perry throwing his support to the presumptive GOP nominee.
Said Perry in a statement:
Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration.
Perry had supported Gingrich.
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