Congressional candidate John Gomez was beaming as the private jet delivered former Georgia congressman and current GOP superstar Newt Gingrich at Republic Airport just minutes after hail-filled storm pounded the small facility Thursday afternoon.
“Nothing can thrill me more than having the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, who was the leader of the revolution in 1994. Mr. Speaker. Thank you so much for coming to Long Island. I appreciate it,” Gomez said as he introduced Gingrich.
Gomez has another conservative star as a supporter, his childhood friend Sean Hannity of Fox fame. And he plans on bringing in U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota on July 17th. (This just in: the Gomez camp says former NYC Republican mayor and GOP luminary Rudy Giuliani is committed to an event. No date yet.)
So how does this star power help Republican-Conservative Gomez in his race against incumbent Democrat Steve Israel in the 2nd Congressional District, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 151,830 to 121,938?
Conventional wisdom says that even if the Republican turnout is heavy — heck, even 100 percent — he still has to pluck off a significant number of Democrats or a Huge chunk of the 97,417 registered voters in the district who do not list a party affiliation.
And those swing voters are unlikely to be attracted to galvanizing conservative figures like Hannity, Gingrich, Giuliani, and Bachmann.
Newsday ran this theory by the Gomez camp, and campaign Press Secretary James Dobkowski sent back this response:
“The Gomez campaign is about focusing the issues that affects all Long Islanders, such as over-taxation, overspending, and a federal government that has no checks and balances.
“It’s amazing and quite eye opening that Steve Israel said in today’s Newsday article that Newt Gingrich represents 'failed policies of the past.' With Newt Gingrich as Speaker, House Republicans lowered federal taxes, reformed welfare, passed a smaller and balanced budget, grew the economy.
"Quite the opposite when you compare it to the fiscal state of our Federal Government under the present leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Steve Israel.”