NewtPosted: December 8, 2011
Newt Gingrich is actively pursuing the U.S. Presidency. Recently, he told a group that he would name John Bolton as U.S. Secretary of State if elected. Now people are wondering whether Newt broke federal law.
U.S. Code, Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, Section 599 reads: “Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”
Newt argues that this law applies to someone promising a position with the intent of getting that person’s support–not the voters’ support.
When a reporter asked Mitt Romney whether he’d consider naming Rudy Guiliani as U.S. Attorney General, he replied in the affirmative but carefully noted, “I can’t give you any names, of course.”
Man, running for political office must be hard and tiring.
Here’s one of my favorite political moments straight out of the 1984 campaign season: