Gingrich: I Am Mr. Middle Class … And Bloomberg Bought His Third Term

Campaigning In Iowa, Republican Presidential Candidate Launches Bomb At NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Was it fair game or the pot calling the kettle black? Beleaguered Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich fired a broadside at Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday, accusing the three-term mayor of buying his last election.

Gingrich, stumping in Mason City, Iowa with less than a week before the caucuses, blamed his slippage in the polls on negative campaigning by his competitors. But that didn’t stop him from going negative against a non-candidate.

“We don’t come out of a background where we can buy a seat or buy, as Mayor Bloomberg did, buy the mayorship of New York. I mean if you look at how much he spent, he just wrote a check and bought it,” Gingrich said.

True, to win his third term, billionaire Bloomberg spent $102 million of his own money, according to the New York Times, which comes out to $174 per vote. He spent $85 million to win his second term.

Gingrich was trying to make a point that he doesn’t come from a privileged background, unlike some of the other Republican candidates.

“I think that’s very dangerous to the future of American democracy. My dad served in the Army for 27 years; I was a college teacher. I’m a middle class person,” Gingrich said.

Well, only if middle class people have net worth’s of almost $7 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Folks on the streets of New York on Wednesday weren’t buying it.

“He doesn’t have the best track record in being an upstanding citizen himself,” said Benn Mendoza of the Upper East Side.

“Surely no one would take anything Newt said seriously,” added Brenda Handlmyer of Houston, Texas.

“Isn’t Newt Gingrich writing checks right now to buy the election?” wondered Greg Wait of Raleigh, N.C.

Not everyone who spoke with CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis, however, criticized the former Speaker of the House, who ushered in the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years and passed the first balanced budget since 1969.

“Honestly, I think he, I think he has a point,” said Gracie Burwell of the Upper West Side.

“Unfortunately, you’re in a society where money does dictate how far you’re going to go in politics,” said Rob Hyman of Valley Stream.

Once upon a time, Gingrich was leading in the polls in Iowa. Now that edge has evaporated, but in New York City, Bloomberg still has plenty of supporters.

“He’s the best mayor we ever had. And if he bought the election, and he can afford it, so be it,” said Jack Wynn of Midtown.

The mayor’s office had no comment. Gingrich has vowed to not go negative against his Republican competitors, but that hasn’t stopped them from suggesting he’s a hypocrite, a Washington insider, or worse, to the voters he’s trying to attract, a closet liberal.

Do you think Gingrich was out of line or did he make a good point? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Jack

    American politicians that attack other politicians are not “forming a more perfect union.” In fact they are creating chaos that breeds contempt. This ethos or mid set causes strife and war. In this 21st century American politicians are still not living up to the constitution. Lobbying and special interest are not providing an America that is: “of the people by the people and for the people.” The change that is preached so often needs to be change in the minds of leaders that were publicly elected by the people. An old saying says, ” If you speak too much, you often say too much.” American tax payers deserve better. Political leaders should read George Washington’s “Farewell Address” maybe they would learn something.

  • Anonoped Oped

    Gingrich is on book tour.

    Presidential candidates qualify for primary ballots. Since Gingrich has now missed two he has confirmed he’s not a candidate.

    The MSM needs to stop covering him.

  • Brad

    Hahaha. What a delusional moron. I don’t give a crap about Bloomberg. He was elected, whether it was because of his money or not. New Yorkers voted for him. But for Gingrich to claim he is middle class is preposterous. He is Washington elite, super rich and he knows it. At least Bloomberg would never claim to be middle class just like your average joe. Gingrich is a crazy man who better not win our presidency. He wants to eliminate the court system and run this country like a theocracy. Telling people how to live their lives from the moral high ground of cheating on and leaving wife after wife.

    • Chris Mickles

      He is an Elitist with no class; it balances out-in his mind…

  • Victorious

    While you people tout mayor bloombergs political posturing, this is what real new yorkers, not transplants deal with.#1- He sides with the ny rent board for rents increases every time. He won’t support an increase in minimum wages like they do in california but you can watch your rent increase while your wages do not. #2- he supports walmart and other big chain stores coming into the city. In nyc in the mom and pop and small business is the life blood of ny. We all know what happens when walmart enters the picture. #3- he’s closing schools. In one fell swoop undoes years of small class sizes that have shown to better improve children learning in favor of overcrowding. #4- he did away with housing vouchers. Working poor people who cant afford the ever increasing rent hikes were always given rental assistance by nyc, now he refused to do this any longer and now families are left to languish in nyc shelters indefinitely. Put a face to it, your star bucks barista, macys clerk/ cashier, fast food worker, doctors office receptionist, best buy employee your bank security guard, etc, make less than $10 per hour. How can they pay $1600 a month for rent? #5 he took away DAYCARE. With no spots open for kindergarten because of over crowding in schools. He slashed funding for many day cares or just won’t fund many. So good luck working parents. You’re going to need it. #6- 2010 BLIZZARD. In a nutshell, the streets of manhattan were snow free. Bronx, brooklyn and queens went un plowed for days. A very stark contrast to what we saw on television about midtown being clear and the actuality in our neighborhoods. #7- stop and frisk. If you are not of african american or hispanic decent you cannot understand the humiliation of this. Anyone aged 15 and above can and will be stopped, searched and questioned. Fathers walking with their children, husbands accompanied by wives, kids going to the store for their mom, even once a off duty officer was forced to identify himself to not submit to that treatment. You can refuse, say its against your constitutional right as a citizen of the usa. Then you will have to sit in a cell for 2 hours minimum while they claim to be ‘checking for warrants’. #8- the mistreatment of the OWS protesters. In the middle of the night he evicted, arrested the protesters and got a judge to sign a order barring them from the park. The first judge he went to refused to go along with him and publicly stated protesting was a right protected by the constitution. Something this country was founded on. He promptly found another judge. #9- he DID steal the election!!!!! In ny we voted in favor of a referendum that limited mayors to two terms. He bullied the city council until they voted yes he could run again. May of these we behind closed doors and no one, not even press were privy to these negotiations. Fyi. Most of those that were against and voted against his coop were gone next city council election. #10- he has no idea what affordable housing is. To get an apartment deemed ‘affordable’. Meaning rent is $600-$900 you have to make at LEAST $39,000-$45,000 a year. Again I resort to ny commoners who work at menial labor jobs. They don’t qualify in bloomberg’s ny. For every high line of luxury condominiums built in nyc. Libraries, hospitals, schools and parks go unfunded. The end.

  • David in Houston

    So the middle class has a million dollar line of credit at Tiffany’s? The only possible way Newt can be considered middle class is the fact that he’s had two adulterous affairs, and been married three times. How that makes him qualified to be spokesperson for “family values” is anyone’s guess.

  • Bman

    FCK Bloomberg! He should be locked up for buying his positon in office… Everyone kisses his ass cuz hes got tons of $… He belongs w Blago in prision!

    He doing a very mediocre job ! Fck him!

  • Rebecca Baird

    He hasn’t lost all his money yet. He couldn’t be Mr. Middle Class.

  • oldwolf49

    Gingrich is what? Did I hear that right?? He said it with a straight face??? He makes money off of the stupid, he has BILLIONS, he doesn’t pay his bills, he is an IDIOT………………………loser.

  • J

    I didn’t know there was a middle class in this country. Bloomy knows he bought the election, but in all fairness, he hasn’t been a terrible Mayor like Dinkins. The bad old days.

  • Raymond Leslie

    He might be middle class whar ever that is? but there/s this question of giving illegals jobs and housing and preferance over those born and raised here in the states.

  • Loree

    I just want to say (as a New Yorker) that I would vote for Mayor Bloomberg anytime. Are you aware that he only accepts a salary of $1. per year?

    • Memphis Bill

      Yes one dollar a year but amazingly his personal fortune doubled (or more) while he was mayor. What a coincidence!

  • Frank

    What does Newt Gingrich know about New York City, or New York City politics for that matter?

  • Gerry Attrick

    It quite simple for politicians to continually attack each other as the majority of them have lost touch with the middle class, basic values, morality and feel they are above the law. Newt is a wealthy P-O-S who believes he is a member of the middle class … NEWS FLASH!!! Middle class folks aren’t worth $7 million you knucklehead …

  • jay Pee

    Little Mike needs to feel 6 feet tall in his size 7 shoes

  • Jayne

    Mike did buy the election and we sold it to him. Fair deal, end of story. Just because he bought it, doesn’t mean he isn’t doing the job.

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