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May 5, 2015

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Former Nevada Rep. Vucanovich: Gingrich too erratic, arrogant to be GOP nominee

Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Vucanovich, R-Nev., unleashed on her former colleague Newt Gingrich today, calling him erratic, arrogant and full of himself.

On a conference call for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign, Vucanovich said she doesn’t want to see Gingrich win the Republican nomination.

“I did serve with the speaker and he used to be erratic and I think he probably still is,” she said. “One of my feelings with him, he was always so full of himself. I mean humility was not in his makeup. He was cocky and arrogant and, of course, he didn’t listen to anybody.”

The Romney conference call, one of the first as the campaign shifts its focus to Nevada, was part of an effort to paint Gingrich as too “unreliable” to be president.

Vucanovich served in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District from 1982 to 1996, working with Gingrich on the Contract with America that helped Republicans take the House in 1994.

Vucanovich complimented Gingrich on that effort.

But Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, who was also on the conference call, criticized Gingrich’s leadership during that time.

“That was really my first exposure to leadership, which at times was exquisite, but it was really a thousand different ideas a day and at times exceedingly confusing,” he said.

Dan Burdish, a Las Vegas political operative for Gingrich’s campaign, defended Gingrich.

“Mitt Romney has gone from being above the fray to putting out all sorts of falsehoods about Newt that he knows are total distortions,” Burdish said. “Is that the temperament you want in the White House?

“There is no way Newt is erratic. Does he go from idea to idea to idea? Most assuredly. But that’s because he has so many ideas.”

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  1. Geez - the same headline describes Romney. I'm not liking these choices.

  2. I guess she is a Romney person. Like Mitt, she changes her mind. When Newt wanted to be speaker of the House, she thought he was just dandy to be third in line to the presidency. Is he that different today?

  3. Amen to that...

    But now, that nice Morman gentleman, The Mittster, has gotten so big fer his britches & full of himself down in Florida, he has been showing another, 'not so nice', even NASTY side of himself, heretofore not on display for mass public consumption..."I can be a tough guy, too!"

  4. And Romney is not 'erratic'? Are lies errors? Yes, eventually.

    Gingrich has more probability of being at times 'erratic' or confusing, because he has a long history of serving his country rather than going into business. But he got the House of Reps. to pass bills that helped the economy. Who isn't 'erratic' in Congress? Only those who don't take risks, get easily confused, and just go to Congress to feel important. The put-down comes not from an active Rep. but from a former Rep. (Former Nevada Rep. Vucanovich). Maybe she would also give her opinion of the other candidates, to be fair.