UPDATE x3: The Goel campaign is telling IR that the disappearance of Gingrich's endorsement (below) from his website is "only a technical glitch," and point to the Former Speaker's Facebook page (HERE) where the endorsement still exists.
According to the campaign, Gingrich "has been totally steadfast in his endorsement of Manju's candidacy after a [sic] interview by his well-rounded team of senior political and policy advisers."
The Goel team tells IR that "Larry Kaifesh tried very hard to have him [Gingrich] withdraw the endorsement by repeating and even expanding the baseless charges against one of her financial supporters." However, the "effort failed."
"Newt Gingrich is fully committed to my campaign with full endorsement."
We've contacted Gingrich's office and will update the story when we hear back. The link to Gingrich's previous endorsement statement remains blank.
UPDATE x1: Gingrich's endorsement of Manju Goel, which was on his website this morning, has now mysteriously disappeared. The link (HERE), that had the statement below, now takes you to a blank page.
Citing her ability to expand the Republican Party and her commitment to repeal Obamacare, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich endorsed Manju Goel for Congress. In a statement, Gingrich said:
I am proud to join the many other conservatives endorsing Manju Goel for Congress.
Manju has the background and commitment to expand our party while standing resolutely for conservative principles.
As a skilled healthcare efficiency expert, Manju will bring exactly the kind of policy know-how to Congress that made us successful when I was Speaker and that we need now to repeal and replace Obamacare.
In her life and career, Manju has been a testament to the value of hard work and of commitment to her community and family. She is poised to become a conservative leader in Illinois who will win us elections and advance conservative principles.
Goel is running against Larry Kaifesh in the GOP 8th congressional district primary. The winner will challenge incumbent Democrat Tammy Duckworth.