Any union organization supporting a Republican candidate can be seen as fishy. The editorial board of the New Hampshire Union gave a nod to Reagan, who was a former union guild president, and Steven Forbes, who is a successful business tycoon. When Gingrich got the nod, many Americans are curious in what capacity does Gingrich and the unions share. Unlike the GOP candidates, many would speculate that Gingrich has strong ties to unions and special interest groups. We already seen the effects of that with the current president.
(The Hill) GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich received the endorsement of the influential editorial board of the New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday, providing another boost to his surging campaign.
The endorsement gives the former House Speaker additional momentum after a month which has seen him vault to the top of national GOP polls.
The Gingrich campaign said it was "honored to have the endorsement," calling it "an enormous boost to our campaign," reported NBC News.
The Union Leader endorsement is highly regarded in the early primary state. Candidates often meet with the editorial board and place great emphasis on securing its backing.
The failure to win the board's endorsement may be a setback for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign which has struggled to win support from Tea party-affiliated voters and the right-wing of the GOP base.
Drew Cline, editorial page editor for the Union Leader, spoke about the board's decision on CNN Sunday morning. Cline said that the board's "two favorites were probably Perry, Gingrich."