A lawyer for Newt Gingrich ordered a group of supporters encouraging him to mount a campaign for U.S. Senate to “cease and desist” from associating itself with the former speaker of the house, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Andrew Hemingway, a former state director in New Hampshire and national digital fundraising director for Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, launched the Draft Newt PAC last week to persuade the former Georgia representative to run against Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) in 2014.
Gingrich’s lawyer, Stefan C. Passantino, said in a letter to the organization that the newly minted co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” will not run for Senate at any point in the future.
“For this reason, Speaker Gingrich encourages supporters to ignore solicitations from any group seeking to raise funds in the name of a ‘Draft Newt’ movement,” the letter stated, as quoted by the Washington Post.
“Accordingly, we hereby demand that you cease and desist from the unauthorized use of Speaker Gingrich’s name or likeness and that you further cease and desist from any activity implying or insinuating that your group is in any way authorized by, or affiliated with, Speaker Gingrich or his organizations,” the letter continued.