One of Newt Gingrich’s best events yet was missed by the mainstream media. It wasn’t a big event, and it wasn’t surrounded by fanfare. It didn’t have massive press coverage, and it wasn’t ostentatious, but because he had said he would do it, he did.
At the Lincoln Day event in West Palm Beach, Herman Cain endorsed Newt Gingrich for President to much applause and cheering it was broadcast by CNN and immediately picked up by the mainstream media.
A mile or so down the road, a smaller event hosted by the Tea Party Express was going on. It was outside, and didn’t have a hefty price tag. It would have been an easy event to overlook, as the mainstream media did, or for a presidential candidate to make sincere apologies for not being able to attend, but Newt Gingrich had given his word that he would be there. He kept his word.
The Tea Party Express bus rolled into West Palm Beach. Mitt Romney sent his surrogate, and there were numerous other candidates there from federal races. Adam Hasner and George LeMieux, who are battling to run against Bill Nelson for the Senate seat were there. Joe Kaufman, Karen Harrington, and Ozzie de Faria, – the candidates who are vying for the Republican spot on the ticket to run against Debbie Wasserman Schultz, were present as well. Rick Santorum had flown back earlier in the day to be with his family and hospitalized daughter, Bella. Ron Paul had not campaigned extensively in Florida.
It is very likely that advisors and handlers had told Newt Gingrich to pass on the event. They would have said things like “It’s not that important an event” or “You can make your apologies, they’ll understand that you’re busy”. Newt Gingrich showed up though. He had given his word, and kept it. Here’s the Video