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Coup de Newt



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In July 1997, many Republicans were unhappy with Newt Gingrich’s leadership in the House of Representatives. On the homepage, I talk with some of the participants in the attempted coup de Newt. Here’s the lede:

‘If you guys are going to do anything, you better do it now.”

Rep. Tom DeLay (R., Texas) had buttonholed Rep. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on the floor of the House of Representatives, and he was warning his younger colleague to move quickly.

“There’s going to be a story breaking. If you’re going to act, you better act now.”

“I’ll get some guys together if you want to talk to us,” Graham replied.

Twenty members crowded into Graham’s office the night of July 10, 1997. Less than three years earlier, they had won a majority in the House for the first time in 40 years. Now, they were plotting to oust from the speakership the man who had led their victory, Newt Gingrich.

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