Gingrich orders ‘Newt for Senate’ draft movement to cease and desist

September 24, 2013

A lawyer for Newt Gingrich is asking supporters attempting to draft the former speaker into the 2014 Virginia Senate race to "cease and desist" from using his likeness in its efforts.

Newt Gingrich (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
Newt Gingrich (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

The lawyer also says Gingrich (R) will not run for Senate next year or at any point in the future.

The Draft Newt PAC was launched last week by Andrew Hemingway, Gingrich's 2012 New Hampshire state director and national digital fundraising director.

In a letter dated last Thursday, Gingrich's lawyer, Stefan C. Passantino, says the group must stop.

"He is not running for the United States Senate and will not run for Senate at any time in the future," Passantino writes. "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 then states that Gingrich reserves the right to pursue legal action.

"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," Passantino writes.

PAC organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gingrich recently signed on as a host of CNN's resurrected show "Crossfire," rendering a 2014 run for office highly unlikely.

Gingrich served as a congressman from Georgia but has lived in Virginia in recent years.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is a heavy favorite for reelection and is not considered a top GOP target.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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