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Gingrich’s top advisors flee campaign in droves


Gingrich’s top advisors flee campaign in droves

Adam Russett June 10, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich didn't start off his campaign for President with a bang and now it looks more like it will taper off with a fizzle. The problems started almost as soon as he announced his candidacy. Fellow Republicans criticized him for running and others brought up his troubled marriages as proof that he couldn't hold water in the party itself, which places a high priority on family values. 

Gingrich famously isolated himself from other Republicans further when he referred to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's plan as "rightwing social engineering" and then furiously tried to backpedal when his comment drew ire from supporters.

Now, in what may be the biggest blow to his campaign yet, Gingrich's top aides have suddenly dispersed in droves. Campaign manager Rob Johnson and press secretary Rick Tyler, as well as key aides in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, all handed in their resignations.

"The professional team came to the realization that the direction of the campaign they sought and Newt's vision for the campaign were incompatible," David Carney, a senior strategist, told The New York Times.

The news source reports that a number of Republicans have viewed Newt Gingrich as nothing more than a "vanity candidate" in the first place and expect that he is running just to promote his policies and books on a national platform.

Some aides, such as Sonny Perdue, the national co-chairman of the Gingrich Campaign, have turned around completely and started to support other Republicans. Perdue decided to back former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's campaign.

The biggest complaint aides appeared to have over Gingrich was a "lack of focus," especially when he decided not to spend time in three early-voting states and continued screening his documentaries.