Archive for Friday, June 10, 2011

Gingrich presidential campaign in tatters as top aides resign

June 10, 2011


— The entire top echelon of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned on Thursday, a stunning mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters. But the former House speaker vowed defiantly to remain a candidate.

“I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring,” the Gingrich said in a posting to his Facebook page shortly after the 16 aides resigned. “The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”

Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s spokesman, said that he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and senior strategists had all quit, along with aides in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Other officials said Gingrich was informed that his entire high command was quitting in a meeting at his headquarters in Washington. They cited differences over the direction of the campaign.

“We had a different vision for victory,” Tyler told The Associated Press. “And since we couldn’t resolve that difference, I didn’t feel I could be useful in serving him.”

He said Gingrich was not allowing enough time to campaign in key states.

Scott Rials, a longtime aide who joined the departure, said, “I think the world of him, but at the end of the day we just could not see a clear path to win, and there was a question of commitment.”

The upheaval in the campaign was likely to lead to a shake-up in the race for the party’s presidential nomination, as well, as rivals reach out for disaffected staff, and possibly for donors who have been aligned with the former Georgia congressman.

Gingrich has long been viewed, by even his closest allies, as a fountain of policy ideas but a man who is unable to avoid speaking in ways that spark unwelcome controversy.

Even before the sudden departures of his top aides, Gingrich’s campaign was off to a notably rocky start. Within days of formally announcing he would run, he was assailed by conservatives for criticizing a plan to remake Medicare that Republicans pushed through the House.

He telephoned the author of the plan, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, to apologize but did not back off his objections.

Within days, he had dropped from sight, embarking on a cruise to the Greek Isles with his wife, Callista, while rivals for the Republican nomination kept up their campaign appearances.

He returned to the United States this week to confront a rebellion that had been brewing for some time among the senior echelon of his campaign.

Two aides said Gingrich had refused a request to show a copy of his personal schedule. The aides, speaking only on condition of anonymity, also cited his willingness to give his wife a large role in campaign decisions as a reason for the departures.

While Gingrich told his now-departed aides he would remain in the race, he faces formidable obstacles in assembling a new team in time to compete in a campaign that’s well under way. He has the allegiance of several former aides who served him when he was in Congress, but most if not all of them have moved into other fields.

Most immediately, he is scheduled to participate in a debate next Monday in New Hampshire.

Johnson and another key aide, strategist David Carney, joined Gingrich’s campaign after working as senior political staff members for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry ruled out running for the White House earlier in the year, but more recently has said he might reconsider. It was not known whether his former aides were interested in returning to him.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

It's YOUR money! Or is it?

Who wants a government sponsored by Koch Industries,Wal-Mart money, Blackwater money,the oil industry,Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex?

The fact is too much money is being spent on campaigns as we speak. This tells all of us who the candidates will be dealing with when the campaigns are finally over after blowing billions upon billions of dollars.... this election period.

It won't be you and me.

These patterns keep coming back to haunt us and removing our employment and retirement plans.

All of the repub candidates deliver the same rhetoric = name is irrelevant. No matter what is said on the campaign trail the true repub platform reverts back to the pattern set in 1980 and showed up again under Bush/Cheney.

The patterns we as people and a nation cannot afford ever again:

Expanded war,financial institutions taken out by mammoth fraud mechanisms and a destroyed economy because that is what the repub party leadership dictates!

Who wants a government sponsored by Koch Industries,Wal-Mart money, Blackwater money,the oil industry,Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex?

These are the creeps who want to turn over public education to the corporate elites where fraud could be discovered any day of the week.

It's YOUR money! Or is it?

This is not an avenue this nation and the working class can ever afford again:

  1. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion)

  2. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney

  3. Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money?

  4. Social Security Insurance AT Risk for no reason( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion, add $700 billion to the debt each of the next 20 years, place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy)

Scott Drummond 6 years, 10 months ago

Funny! Could not happen to a nicer guy. Experienced the arrogant Mr. Gingrich in Virginia once at an Italian eatery. He and his entourage breezed in and insisted on being seated before those of us waiting in line. He's an ass, with a capital A, S & S.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

So his leadership might just be a little less than inspiring. Whooda thunk it?

gkerr 6 years, 10 months ago

Newtie had become for years an inside the beltway wonk freak with a glib tongue, occasional brilliant but alas, empty prose, and a penchant for being a gadfly with both his politics and his tinkle toy. He has been a cad, a failed speaker of the house, and a sometime popular conservative populist who could never focus on any one issue for more than 10 minutes. he never had a chance to recapture enough political support from conservatives for a legitimate run for the White House. Most conservatives have seen him as a shallow shill for many years. I don't have any idea what gave him an incentive to run, except his own delusion of self importance.

Newts biggest problem was Newt. He has stayed in the spotlight way longer than he deserved by dent of his facile tongue. He's done. Gkerr

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