WASHINGTON (AP) — Newt Gingrich's surprise surge in the polls is the latest chapter in a career marked by unpredictability and even chaos, raising the question of how steadily he would lead a jittery nation from recession to economic stability.
There was a coup attempt by his own protégés. A snit over his seating on Air Force One. More than $1 million in fees from Freddie Mac. A six-figure shopping spree at Tiffany's. Three marriages and the exodus of his senior advisers.
Even so, Gingrich is rivaling and even beating Mitt Romney in some polls. Supporters like Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia say that's because Gingrich's accomplishments as House speaker prepare him for the White House.
Gingrich says he's not perfect but still the most electable of the GOP candidates for president.