Political Headlines June 9, 2011: Majority of Newt Gingrich’s Presidential Staff Resigns – Gingrich Remains “Committed” to Running

POLITICAL HEADLINES

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

ELECTIONS — PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2012….

Gingrich’s senior campaign staff reportedly resigns en masse: Virtually the entire staff to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich resigned en masse Thursday afternoon following a staff meeting, individuals close to the campaign said Thursday. Those resigning included campaign manager Rob Johnson, and campaign advisers Dave Carney and Katon Dawson.

  • Gingrich presidential campaign implodes: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign imploded Thursday afternoon with his entire senior staff resigning 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.
    Tyler as well as Rob Johnson, Gingrich’s campaign manager, Dave Carney and Katon Dawson, senior strategists to the effort, media consultant Sam Dawson, Iowa strategist Craig Schoenfeld, South Carolina operative Walter Whetsell and Georgia-based adviser Scott Rials have all stepped aside. Much of Gingrich’s early state operation was also headed for the exits, according to a one senior campaign source.
    In the immediate aftermath of the departures, which several sources said came at a meeting Thursday in Gingrich’s Washington office, Gingrich released a statement via Facebook pledging to continue in the race.
    “I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring,” Gingrich wrote. “The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”… – WaPo, 6-9-11
  • Gingrich campaign in tatters as top aides resign: 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. “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.”… – AP, 6-9-11
  • Gingrich’s top campaign staff resigns; he vows to continue: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s already shaky presidential campaign suffered a stunning and perhaps irreparable setback Thursday as all his top staffers quit.
    “I think our path to victory was at odds with the candidate’s,” said Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s spokesman. He resigned along with campaign manager Rob Johnson and campaign officials in the key early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
    Among the disagreements, Tyler said, was “the amount of time the candidate would have to spend in different states.”
    Gingrich vowed to stay in the race, saying on Facebook, “I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”
    The departures could be a lethal blow, said Craig Robinson, the editor and founder of The Iowa Republican.com website, which follows GOP news in the state that traditionally holds the nation’s first presidential nomination voting.
    “Gingrich is virtually done,” Robinson said. “His campaign has been a calamity of errors.”… – McClatchy Newspapers, 6-9-11
  • High command quits Gingrich campaign: Less than a month after one of the most calamitous political launches in recent memory, former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination imploded Thursday, when its top officials quit en masse.
    At least 16 of the former lawmaker’s advisers, including all of his senior campaign aides, departed the fledgling operation in a major and potentially devastating shake-up. Those who left included Gingrich’s campaign manager, his spokesman, top political strategists and key operatives from crucial GOP primary states. Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue (R), who was Gingrich’s national campaign co-chairman, also defected, to the presidential campaign of former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R), where a close political aide to the ex-governor is the campaign manager.
    Despite losing his senior campaign staff, Newt Gingrich is pledging to continue his presidential run. Can he resurrect his bid, or is he already dead in the water?
    Despite losing his senior campaign staff, Newt Gingrich is pledging to continue his presidential run. Can he resurrect his bid, or is he already dead in the water?
    “When the campaign and the candidate disagree on the path, they’ve got to part ways,” said Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s longtime spokesman, who submitted his resignation Thursday.
    In the immediate aftermath of the exodus, Gingrich pledged via a statement on Facebook to forge ahead with his candidacy.
    “I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring,” Gingrich wrote. “The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles,” where he is scheduled to give a foreign policy speech…. – WaPo, 6-9-11
  • Newt Gingrich loses key members of his campaign: Former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign imploded Thursday with the resignation of his senior campaign strategists and top supporters in key states.
    Gingrich vowed in a Facebook post to continue “the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring,” saying it would begin “anew” with an appearance before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Los Angeles on Sunday.
    The mass exodus of his campaign staff, first reported by the Associated Press, raises questions about Gingrich’s ability to raise money, attract grass-roots support and devise a credible path to the Republican nomination in 2012.
    “The campaign manager met with the senior advisers and Newt, and they couldn’t find a mutually agreeable path forward,” spokesman Rick Tyler told USA TODAY. “They decided to leave and at that point I decided that I had a disagreement with the path forward, and when that happens the candidate’s path forward is the path forward. It’s not the staff’s.”
    Tyler, who worked for Gingrich for 12 years, said he still believed he would make a “great president.”… – USA Today, 6-9-11
  • End of the line for Newt Gingrich?Politico Arena, 6-9-11
  • Top Newt Gingrich aides quit. Is his campaign over?: Anything can happen in politics, so you can’t say with surety that Newt Gingrich is toast. But for him to win the GOP nomination now would be quite a feat…. – CS Monitor, 6-10-11
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