Newt Gingrich Bounces $500 Check To Get On Utah Ballot

From this point forward, Newt Gingrich can no longer position himself as a candidate that tackle the economic issues of this country. The man can't even balance his own damn checkbook:

Five Republicans have filed the necessary papers and $500 fee to qualify for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election, but with Rick Santorum dropping out of the race Tuesday, only four will be on the ballot.

Or possibly three.

Newt Gingrich’s check bounced.

Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced. He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but has not received a response.

Awkward! So let me get this straight: he can be given a revolving credit account at Tiffany's in the six figures but $500 to get on a ballot is too much? Man, when Sheldon Adelson withdraws his support, he really withdraws his support. You'd think Newtie could just up the number of his $50-a-pop photo ops and raise the funds, but I guess there isn't quite the demand he hoped for. So much for supply-side economics, eh, Newt?

Gingrich has until the 20th of this month to re-pay the fee or be left off the ballot. For his part, Gingrich pooh-poohed the problem as a "goofy mistake" and assured the Elections Department that the money is on the way. Presumably, Utah is demanding a certified check this time.

By the way, this isn't exactly the first time Gingrich has had a hard time controlling the checkbook:

Still laughing at the idea that Gingrich thinks he's got big ideas on the deficit.


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