Breaking News: Rats Leave Sinking ShipPosted: June 9, 2011
I think it’s a pretty bad sign for Newt Gingrich that his political staff just resigned “en masse” during Newt’s two week cruise of Greece. What kind of mishaps, mistakes and skeletons in the closet will come up as a result of the exodus?
Senior aides to Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich have resigned en masse—including spokesman Rick Tyler and campaign manager Rob Johnson, as well as other top aides in early primary states according to Associated Press sources. Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, officially declared his candidacy in May, but his campaign has been troubled by a series of missteps and gaffes. Adding to the awkwardness of the surprise news, Gingrich is currently on a two-week Mediterranean cruise.
His campaign got off to a halting start when he criticised a plan popular among Republicans to slash and privatise a healthcare programme for the elderly.
Staff were also reportedly concerned after he took a recent holiday cruise.
Mr Gingrich’s campaign manager Rob Johnson and his entire senior staff, including strategists in early primary election states, quit on Thursday.
I can’t imagine this guy was going to come through anyway given his ethics lapses. Oh, well. There’s additional rumors that Gingrich has lost his Iowa staff also. Officially, the bland reason of “differences in direction of campaign” was provided to the press.
Other officials said Gingrich was informed that his entire high command was quitting in a meeting earlier in the day. They cited differences over the direction of the campaign but were not more specific.
The officials declined to be identified by name, saying they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.
Gingrich told the group he intends to stay in the race, they added.