Georgia Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, who opposed Trump’s candidacy, said loyalty plays big with the president-elect.
“I fully expect that Newt will get some type of very prominent position in the Trump administration,” Peake said Wednesday morning. “Who knows? There’s probably a handful of people who can name what they want and Newt would be on that short list.”
Last summer, at a reception sponsored by the Dentons law firm, Gingrich said Trump had offered him a senior position if elected.
“I said I want to be the senior planner for the entire federal government, and I want a letter from you that says Newt Gingrich is authorized to go to any program in any department, examine it and report directly to the president,” The Hill, a Washington publication, quoted Gingrich as saying.
Larry Sabato, who runs the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said Gingrich as secretary of state wouldn’t allow for many dull moments.
“If I owned a China shop I’d sell it, because Gingrich, in whatever role Trump gives him, will be a bull,” Sabato said via email. “Gingrich finally got his revenge on the Clintons—and it was total.”