What can you get the man who has nothing and no power?
Apparently, a new campaign team.
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.
So who or what was to blame?
Apparently Gingrich’s wife.
Aides to Newt Gingrich have resigned from his presidential campaign in protest of what they felt was a takeover by Callista Gingrich, the candidate’s wife since 2000.
The euphemism offered by departing staffers was they disagreed with Gingrich’s “strategy” for the campaign. Indeed, they did disagree. But it was a strategy – a part-time campaign, in effect – that Gingrich’s wife favored.
Several aides, including campaign manager Rob Johnson, met with Gingrich on Thursday morning and told him of the senior staff’s unanimous decision to quit. Gingrich later put out a statement saying he was staying in the race.
Listen, it is what it is, and I don’t begrudge Newt for playing this campaign close to his chest. Many other potential GOP nominees aren’t exactly making hay right now, but Callista had to do something particularly egregious to push these folks away.
After all, who would align with Newt on something like this and then so publicly walk away? This guy is very smart, very motivated and willing to go forward.
Basically, we don’t know the whole story and we probably never will…until the book is published in 2013.
More as it develops…