The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives knows the people running for president, and some of them, he does not like. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, out of Congress since 2007, is making a swing around Illinois in support of Mitt Romney for president. He’s not supporting Newt Gingrich, who preceded him as speaker and for whom Hastert was a deputy whip.
“You’ll find that a lot of people who worked with Newt Gingrich over those years aren’t supporting Newt Gingrich,” he said today (Wednesday) at Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove. “There was a revolution, actually, by the party during that period of time, saying look, this guy is all over the place, he’s all over the map. You can’t trust him. Newt’s a friend of mine, somebody that I worked with, but there’s always a doubt out there about where this guy is gonna go.” Hastert also said Rick Santorum had a “lackluster” career in Congress. Hastert said Romney is the front-runner, and he characterized the other candidates as “political wanna-bes” who are putting on a “side show.” All the candidates for president, including Ron Paul and President Obama, will visit the state between now and Election Day.