SIOUX CITY — Frontrunner Newt Gingrich has picked up an endorsement from former hometown congressman Fred Grandy, the Sioux City Journal reported today, Wednesday, Dec. 14.
“Quite honestly, he is the only guy that I see who is offering real leadership positions on these critical issues, whether they’re talking about foreign policy, or economic policy or cultural policy,” Grandy told the Journal in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
Grandy, who lived in Sioux City while he represented a northwest Iowa district from 1989 to 1993, recently joined the Center for Security Policy, a Washington D.C. think tank that focuses on national security issues. Grandy, an outspoken critic of radical Islam in the Middle East, said Gingrich is the only presidential candidate who “really understands that the radical elements that are now rising to power in Egypt, and Tunisia and Libya are no better or perhaps worse than the elements that we are battling in Iran.”
The endorsement was reported in a story written by Journal reporter Dave Dreeszen.
Gingrich was to have made appearances in Eastern Iowa on Wednesday but his plans were diverted when fog disrupted attempts to land the plane carrying him to Cedar Rapids. A morning session Gingrich was to have had with the Gazette Editorial Board was postponed to a date to be determined.
Grandy told the Journal he decided to publicly back Gingrich after other former colleagues slammed Gingrich for having too big of an ego and an abrasive personality, which got in the way of his leading the House in the 1990s. “It seems to me he is the target of the week, not so much for the national press, which is disposed to not like him, but for fellow Republicans that somehow think he is the Darth Vader of the Republican Party. He’s closer to Obi-Wan Kenobi as far as I’m concerned.”