Presidential candidate Newt Gringrich is coming to Staten Island this weekend – and GOP leader Guy Molinari is calling him “evil,” according to the Staten Island Advance.
Molinari, an ardent booster for Mitt Romney, also told the Advance, “He’s coming to my turf. I might do something.”
What Molinari “might do” is anybody’s – and everybody’s – guess. It could be fun if he sets up a competing event to drain the audience from Gingrich’s appearance. It might be even more fun if Molinari pitches a tent in Zuccotti Park.
The former borough president apparently has a grudge against the former House Speaker that goes back to when they served together in Congress. Molinari reportedly was lined up to be the ranking Republican on the House Investigations and Oversight subcommittee of the Public Works and Transportation Committee, when Gingrich pushed in front of him.
“This guy is evil,” Molinari told the Advance. “He’s an evil person.”
Gingrich is visiting New York City’s most conservative borough to host a town hall meeting sponsored by the Staten Island Tea Party, according to the International Business Times. Staten Island Tea Party co-organizer Frank Santarpia was quick to tell the Times, however, that hosting Gingrich does not constitute an endorsement.
Alert readers may note, by the way, that Molinari doesn’t exactly have comfortable relations with the Tea Party, either. He called some members naive during a confrontation at Rep. Michael Grimm’s office in October, and told the New York Post, “Are they serious in thinking Ron Paul is electable? What country do they live in?”
Gingrich will be speaking Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn on South Avenue.