Alternate headline: Newt’s Campaign is Toast. Earlier today Newt Gingrich met with his campaign staff, and most of them up and quit! Reportedly, he and his wife Callista have a two week vacation planned, and his staff thought that was a bad idea. I guess they don’t want to go down with a sinking ship.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign imploded Thursday afternoon with virtually his entire senior staff leaving en masse, according to multiple sources familiar with the moves.
“When the campaign and the candidate disagree on the path, they’ve got to part ways,” said Rick Tyler, a longtime Gingrich spokesman who was among those who left the campaign today.
Tyler as well as Rob Johnson, Gingrich’s campaign manager, Dave Carney and Katon Dawson, senior strategists to the effort and media consultant Sam Dawson have all stepped aside. Much of his early state operation was also headed for the exits, according to a one senior campaign source.
Several sources said the mass resignation came at a meeting Thursday in Gingrich’s Washington office. Gingrich did not return an email seeking comment on the staff departures.
Two of the top aides that quit are former staffers of Texas Governor Rick Perry, fueling speculation that he may enter the race.
Update: Just a few minutes ago Newt posted on his facebook wall that he’s still committed to running.
Update 3: The Western Experience linked – thanks!