Friday, June 10, 2011
The Newt Gingrich campaign implosion
I’m not unhappy that this has happened to Newt one bit. He dug his grave as far as I’m concerned when he trash Paul Ryan’s budget.
Let’s face it, a lot of conservatives have turned their backs on Newt anyway going back to his stance on NY26.
He had a fork in his back for months. Besides, going on a 2 week cruise after declaring himself a candidate doesn't show much fire in the belly.
Newt Gingrich’s top staff quit en masse Thursday, throwing into question whether his already troubled presidential campaign can continue.
Two sources close to the situation confirmed that campaign manager Rob Johnson, strategists Sam Dawson and Dave Carney, spokesman Rick Tyler, and consultants Katon Dawson in South Carolina and Craig Schoenfeld in Iowa have all quit to protest what one called a "different vision" for the campaign.
The sources said Gingrich was staying in the race.
The mass resignation was, one source said, “a team decision.”
“We just had a different direction in which we wanted to take the campaign,” said a second source.
Gingrich was intent on using technology and standing out at debates to get traction while his advisers believed he needed to run a campaign that incorporated both traditional, grassroots techniques as well as new ideas.
One official said the last straw came when Gingrich went forward with taking a long-planned cruise with his wife last week in the Greek isles.