SCOTTSDALE, AZ, February 23, 2012 – While the GOP Debate in Mesa, Arizona, would have tired out most men, Newt Gingrich is not most men.
Earlier in the day, at 1:00pm, he was scheduled to speak at a school. Sadly enough the address reported by Politico does not show up on Google, Mapquest, or my GPS tracker. East vs. West does matter, and 90 minutes of driving back and forth between possible locations meant his remarks will forever be a mystery to me.
Thank you Politico.
Thankfully other entities are better at concepts such as letters and numbers, enabling Speaker Gingrich and me to both attend his spontaneous nighttime event.
After the lengthy CNN debate, Speaker Gingrich and his wife Callista attended a unique and enjoyable social function at “The Mint,” a trendy club in Scottsdale.
The group putting on the event is known as “Politics on the Rocks.” The CEO of the group is Charles Jensen, and Mr. Jensen put together the event only 48 hours before it took place. About 100 people showed up as Speaker Gingrich mixed some lighthearted remarks with some seriousness.
Security was very heavy, and one situation may (or may not) have contributed to the brevity of the event.
One man showed up, and at the risk of my being a profiler, “looked suspicious.” He was a white guy in his late forties or early fifties with a very sinister looking white beard. Perhaps he was a Gingrich supporter, but he looked like Occupy Wall Street to me. He asked “odd” questions of people in the audience before the event, and then disappeared out the door he entered. Secret Service was alerted (by me), and they did not take the matter lightly. The man did not return as the place was carefully canvassed.
Speaker Gingrich liked the concept of Politics on the Rocks, and it was pleasant to see young people getting together at a political rally without screaming or other anti-social behavior.
Gingrich crowds, even with libations, are very civilized. No incidents occurred.
The Speaker repeated some remarks he made during the debate that were well received, and talked about the campaign ahead. While there was media present, I decided to keep his remarks off the record due to the different nature of the event.
While the event was successful in terms of attendance and star power, there was one disappointment. Speaker Gingrich did not stick around to shake hands.
This was surprising, given that he is usually very good about doing so. One explanation could be the suspicious fellow who showed up. Another possibility was that he did have to catch a flight for rallies in Washington State and Idaho the next day.
I was maybe two feet from the speaker at some points and never more than five feet from him. So not shaking his hand was surprising.
Yet before people want to attack the Speaker, again this seemed to be a last-moment decision brought on by his guard detail. Initially he was supposed to stay longer, so perhaps there was an incident that the crowd did not know about.
Yet while others were headed to their hotel rooms to rest, Newt Gingrich showed up at over 9pm to talk to young people in a bar on an unscheduled campaign stop.
He deserves credit for that. He is a tireless worker, and his cameo appearance made the Politics on the Rocks event a successful one.
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