Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is expected to announce his presidential intentions Wednesday afternoon — bringing an end to speculation over his likely White House bid.
The Georgia Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill he will make his announcement via Facebook and Twitter.
“He is a polarizing figure (who) comes with a fair degree of baggage,” Ford O’Connell, who worked on the 2008 McCain-Palin ticket, told CNN. He said Gingrich has to make himself relevant to the current political climate. “He does represent the past but has to show why he represents the future,” O’Connell said, adding that he thinks right now Gingrich is having difficulty doing that.
“If he can demonstrate why he is relevant to the future in the current political climate,” O’Connell said, “the baggage will dissipate.”