Gingrich, Huntsman hit Mass., N.H.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is spending two days in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where he is largely forgoing direct contact with voters in favor of media appearances.

Gingrich, the former US House speaker, has five radio shows lined up for today and tomorrow. His only campaign stop in the first-in-the-nation primary state that includes any voter contact will be a noon-time tour today of Spectrum Marketing Cos. in Manchester, N.H., a direct mail, marketing, and printing company.

Gingrich and his wife, Callista, will also screen their documentary, “Nine Days that Changed the World,’’ tonight in Lexington. The film is about Pope John Paul II’s pilgrimage to Poland in 1979.


The trip comes as Gingrich is trying to prove he is still a viable candidate. The Georgia Republican finished the most recent fund-raising quarter $1 million in debt, with just $322,000 cash on hand.

Much of his top staff resigned early in his campaign, including New Hampshire consultant Dave Carney. Now, Gingrich is relying on the same strategy in New Hampshire as he is in Iowa and South Carolina – no paid staff, but a group of “citizen volunteers’’ who help organize political outreach and campaign visits, said Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond.

One potential advantage in New Hampshire: Hammond is a New Hampshire native, having worked for former US Senator John E. Sununu from 1999 to 2003, when Sununu was in the US House.

Republican candidate Jon Huntsman is also in Massachusetts and New Hampshire today and tomorrow.

Tonight, the former Utah governor and US ambassador to China will attend a 7 p.m. fund-raiser at the Boston Harbor Hotel. It’ hosted by Matthew Botein and Rice Powell, according to an invitation posted on Politico.

Botein is a managing director at BlackRock Alternative Investors, while Powell is CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America.

Tomorrow, Huntsman will deliver a speech on foreign policy at Dartmouth College.



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