Breaking: Entire Gingrich campaign staff quits?
June 9, 2011 - 12:05 pm
I’ll post more as I can get it.
Update: Jim Galloway’s Political Insider
The Associated Press has just moved an alert reporting that GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s staff has resigned en masse.
We’ve got calls into Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s long-time spokesman, and others. More to come.
No doubt Gingrich’s decision to go on a seven-day Mediterranean cruise was a factor
More from the New York Times:
Newt Gingrich’s campaign manager and a half-dozen senior advisers resigned on Thursday, two aides said, dealing a significant setback to his bid to seek the Republican presidential nomination and severely complicating his plan to make a political comeback.
The campaign manager, Rob Johnson, along with longtime spokesman Rick Tyler and advisers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, joined together to step down after a period of deep internal disagreements about the direction of the campaign.
Mr. Gingrich, a former House speaker who has been fighting to regain his political footing after a rough campaign roll out last month, had been absent from the campaign trail for about two weeks on what aides had described as a pre-planned vacation. He made his first return to the campaign trail on Wednesday in New Hampshire, one day before the resignations were announced.
The defections included several veteran Gingrich political advisers, along with new aides who were recently hired. The list, according to two aides, included: David Carney, a New Hampshire-based political strategist, Sam Dawson, a strategist, Katon Dawson, a South Carolina consultant and Craig Schoenfeld, an Iowa consultant.
The resignations were first reported on Thursday afternoon by The Associated Press. Two aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the resignations to The New York Times. The aides said the future of Mr. Gingrich’s campaign was not immediately clear.