According to a reports published today, the Newt Gingrich campaign has borrowed a page from Massachusetts Republican Dan Webster and bounced a check — in this case, the filing fee required for Mr. Gingrich to appear on the Utah ballot.
Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced. He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but has not received a response.
Recently, the state sent a certified letter to the campaign, stating that if the fee isn’t paid by April 20, Gingrich will be disqualified and will not be on the ballot.
I guess all this helps us to better understand why the GOP so readily blocks efforts to raise the debt ceiling — perhaps they assume the US government will write rubber checks just like they do.