ATP sinks Gingrich in CPAC Straw Poll

ATP sinks Gingrich in CPAC Straw Poll

Speaker’s long record of radical environmentalism bombs with CPAC voters after ATP’s ‘Power-Grabbing Newt’ campaign

WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished a disappointing fifth with just five percent of the vote in the annual CPAC Presidential Straw Poll after American Tradition Partnership distributed “Power-Grabbing Newts” documenting his vocal advocacy of radical environmentalism.  Gingrich finished 26 points out of first place.

“American Tradition Partnership delivered a message to Newt Gingrich.  Your record of radical environmentalism should stay on that love seat with Nancy Pelosi.  ATP members urge Speaker Gingrich to renounce radical environmentalism and adopt a conservative message of less government and more freedom,” said ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson, referencing an ad Gingrich filmed with Pelosi to promote former vice-president “Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection.”

“No one can side with the radical greens against people, property and prosperity without being held accountable, even if you cover up your green agenda with conservative rhetoric,” said Ferguson.  “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat running for a small town city council or the Republican former Speaker of the House seeking a presidential bid, American Tradition Partnership will hold you accountable.  Big Green’s political puppets cannot hide from accountability, whether they are in Georgia, Iowa or New Hampshire.”

“Whether it’s fighting to protect the EPA, opposing conservative efforts to repeal job-killing green laws, calling for wealth redistribution to enforce ‘environmental compliance’ or demanding the U.S. give up national sovereignty to please global greens, Newt Gingrich may try to paint himself Republican red, but his record is radical green.  No wonder he was roundly rejected after ATP informed conservatives of his real agenda,” said Ferguson.

With a coveted speaking slot, exhibiting organization and book signing, hosting three panels and a reception and screening two films, Gingrich’s presence dominated that of other presumptive presidential candidates.  CPAC looked to be a launching pad for a Gingrich presidential bid.  Instead, the Republican powerhouse cratered after ATP informed voters of Gingrich’s long record of supporting massive tax hikes, increased government power and international regulatory regimes to enforce what he calls “environmental compliance.”

The twenty-five quotes were pulled from Gingrich’s books, “A Contract With The Earth,” “Winning The Future” and “Real Change.”  Along with the flyer of quotes, CPAC attendees were given a sticky lizard toy, dubbed a “Power-Grabbing Newt” to promote the information campaign.

Supported by grassroots activists, American Tradition Partnership is a fast-growing national conservative organization fighting the liberal agenda of environmentalism and its calls for increased government power and taxation.

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