Remember how last year Newt Gingrich’s fundraising organization, Americans Solutions for Winning, told Dawn Rizos (owner of The Lodge) she was winning a big award and all she needed to do was pay $5,000 for the privilege of winning?
And then remember how Newt’s folks (and by that I mean his people, not his actual parents, although that would be pretty funny, too, now that I think of it) figured out that Rizos’ establishment was not a restaurant, but was a strip club? And then they said, “Sorry, we can’t give this fake award to a strip club, so um, we’re taking back our invitation and our award”? And then Rizos had to get the money back, and she used it to start a shelter for dogs called “Newt’s Nook”?
Well, today The Lodge’s PR man, Michael Precker, sent me a clip of the Rachel Maddow Show that is so full of funny that I actually snotted my desk. It seems that after Newt said his fact checker/screening folks would be doing a better job after the last debacle, Rizos got another letter recently, asking her to donate $1,000, or even up to $2,000. She’d even get a cool card that says she is a member. There was even a mock up of that card.
Rizos told Maddow’s show that she would like to have a conversation with Newt before she hands him any money. Instead, she sent him a membership card, too: A lifetime VIP membership card to The Lodge.