Originally created 01/17/97

Scoffs at partisan critics of speaker



This is to rebut the Jan. 10 letter of Jay Connail, in which he denigrated the speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.

Mr. Connail (should) get a life Ä better yet, get a brain! The lies he told are the same kind of lies that liberal Democrats have been telling the American public for the last 40 years. He stated that the "far Right" has sunk low "in its blind grasping for power." The "power" Mr. Connail refers to was given to the Republican Party by the American people in the congressional elections of 1994 and 1996. You don't have to "grasp" for something you already have!

Rep. Gingrich has not lied about anything (unlike Mr. Con-nail!). When the Ethics Committee releases its final report this will become apparent. Mr. Con-nail characterizes Rep. Gingrich's actions as "evil-doing." When the facts don't fit his philosophy, he simply changes the facts. How convenient. Perhaps Mr. Connail should ask Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich., for a job. I'm sure he would fit right in with Rep. Bonior's program of lies and disinformation.

As for Mr. Gingrich's "extremely lucrative, extremely phony book-publishing deal": as he may remember, Mr. Gingrich canceled that book contract due to just the appearance of impropriety (unlike former House Speaker Jim Wright, D-Texas, whose books were purchased for thousands of dollars, still cased in gross lots, by the AFL-CIO and never released to its membership.) ...

Don Christian, Hephzibah