The Gop Wants A New Contract With Gingrich

To gauge how far House Speaker Newt Gingrich has fallen in two years, listen to Republican loyalists such as Walter Voight of Ridgefield, Conn. The retired teacher cheered the Gingrich-led GOP takeover of Congress in 1994. But today he thinks the Speaker and local Republican congressman Gary A. Franks are out of touch. "Gingrich has hurt the Republican Party with his big mouth," laments Voight, who is voting for Franks's Democratic opponent this fall. "The Republicans have to have somebody better."

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