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Newt Gingrich bids farewell: After messy campaign, what next?

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We can assume that Gingrich will endorse Romney sooner or later, and that Mr. Adelson has been properly thanked, off-camera. But there are other matters lingering from the campaign that might be harder to sort out. There’s the $4.3 million in campaign debt, according to the latest Federal Election Commission report. There’s his empire of for-profit and nonprofit entities that has grown a little tattered during his time as a candidate. Gingrich’s health-care think tank, the Center for Health Transformation, filed for bankruptcy last month.

Then there’s his relationship with Fox News. Until March 2011, he had a lucrative contract with the network. Then when he started making moves toward running for president, Fox suspended him. Now it may be hard for Gingrich to go back, after recent remarks criticizing Fox at a private meeting in Delaware.

According to RealClearPolitics, which was granted access to the meeting, Gingrich complained that the Fox News Channel and Rupert Murdoch – chairman and CEO of its parent company, News Corp. – were in the tank for Romney.

“I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said April 11 during the private meeting at Wesley College in Dover, Del., according to RealClearPolitics. “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact.”

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