Bipartisan Coffee Klatch?

Posted July 7, 2004 at 6:27pm

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has found an audience among Democrats: He is speaking this morning at a breakfast sponsored by the House Democratic Study Group on National Security. [IMGCAP(1)]

Reps. Steve Israel (N.Y.), David Scott (Ga.) and Adam Schiff (Calif.), founders and co-chairmen of the DSG on National Security, invited Gingrich to share his national security expertise with both Members and staff.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, the three lawmakers noted that Gingrich served on the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, also known as the Hart-Rudman Commission. That commission issued a report six months prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks warning that the “number one threat to the United States was the likelihood over the next 25 years of a weapon of mass destruction — nuclear, chemical, and/or biological being used against one or more major cities unless our defense and intelligence structures underwent a massive transformation.”

— Amy Keller