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Gingrich run could bring up bad memories for former colleagues

Gingrich run could bring up bad memories for former colleagues

If former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) is the Republican presidential nominee, many members of Congress will run on a ticket with a man they worked with two decades ago. Judging by some of their public comments, not all of them would necessarily welcome the idea.

Gingrich was hailed as a hero in the immediate aftermath of the Republican Revolution of 1994, but in the years after a large chunk of his allies abandoned the speaker in frustration. Then-Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) helped organize a failed coup against Gingrich in the summer of 1997; former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.), who is now running for Senate, helped pressure Gingrich to resign from the House a year later.

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