John Sununu: Gingrich Makes 'Serious Mistake' With 'Anti-Free Market' Message

In an interview today with Larry O’Connor of, Governor John Sununu attacked Newt Gingrich and his backers for being anti-capitalist. Newt Gingrich has “gone anti-free enterprise,” Sununu told O’Connor.

“What I’m shocked at is someone like Mr. [Sheldon] Adelson, who is a smart, free-enterprise guy” using his money to attack free-enterprise. “Those attacks… are on the investment community of this country.” Newt’s “defining himself in the Obama corner.” (Sheldon Adelson is one of America’s richest men and a casino mogul in Las Vegas.)

Gingrich and Sununu have long disliked each other, with Sununu calling Gingrich “not stable” in early December. Conservatives have often bristled at Sununu’s politics. The former governor-turned white house chief of staff had a controversial tenure that led to him getting George H.W. Bush to appoint David Souter to the Supreme Court.

Like Gingrich, Sununu had his share of ethics problems. The Washington Post reported that, as White House Chief of Staff, that Sununu’s jets “took him to fat-cat Republican fund-raisers, ski lodges, golf resorts and even his dentist in Boston.” Sununu was forced to pay back $47,000 to the government for the flights on the orders of White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, with the help of the Republican Party but reimbursements were at commercial rates, which are about one-tenth the cost of the actual flights; one ski trip to Vail, Colorado alone had cost taxpayers $86,330.