The Romney campaign is holding another conference call with reporters Friday, featuring Republican members of Congress who will lambast Newt Gingrich’s leadership record. But they’ve picked some interesting names for it.
The Romney camp’s press release announces: “On Friday, Congressmen Jeff Flake, Jason Chaffetz, and John Campbell will hold a press conference call to discuss Speaker Newt Gingrich’s record as an unreliable leader.”
However, none of these three men were in the House yet when Gingrich was Speaker, and thus did not serve under his leadership at all. Flake was first elected in 2000, Campbell in a 2005 special election, and Chaffetz in 2008.
We asked Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul, why were they chosen to discuss the topic of Gingrich’s “record as an unreliable leader”?
“You’ll have to tune in,” Saul replied.
Hmm, the answer does seem a bit cryptic. On the other hand, one could imagine that seniority might not matter all that much when you’re a House Republican who doesn’t want Newt Gingrich at the top of the ticket.