January 30, 2012

CREW Congratulates January’s Scoundrel of the Month: Newt Gingrich

Newt GingrichWashington, D.C. – The New Year got off to a bad start in Washington with January heralding in deceitful candidates and lackadaisical federal agencies. Despite strong competition, Republican presidential contender and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was overwhelming selected by online voters as CREW’s Scoundrel of the Month for his effort to rewrite history to exclude his lucrative lobbying career.

“If Mr. Gingrich were Pinocchio, his nose would be longer than K Street. His claims that never lobbied are ludicrous,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “While the other contenders certainly behaved badly, the revisionist historian from Georgia rightfully took January’s prize.”

Mr. Gingrich now joins a growing wall of shame that includes Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Nominations are being accepted for February’s Scoundrel of the Month, and are not limited to people; entities and agencies are also eligible. CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE A SCOUNDREL. Nominations are due by Friday, February 17. Voting will begin the following week.

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