"I think the people of America want to go back to work more than anything," Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Penn Valley, said today. "Mr Gingrich has the courage and the intelligence to turn the economy around."
Logue, who founded the Committee to Draft Rick Perry for President last year, had campaigned for the Texas governor in Iowa earlier this month.
He said he decided to endorse Gingrich late last week, after Perry dropped his own campaign and announced he was backing the former House speaker's presidential bid. Logue has now been approached about becoming one of the Gingrich campaign's California chairs.
Logue said he was drawn to both Gingrich's record as House speaker and the fact that he has "gone through many wars."
"He's done some great things, but he has flaws," he said. "I think the times demand a person who has that experience."
While he said he will support the eventual nominee against President Barack Obama in November, he believes Gingrich, who defeated former Massachusetts Gov.
"America needs a bulldog, not a poodle for president," he said.
PHOTO CREDIT: Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at The River Church, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)