Seems things aren't going quite to plan in Newt's house as many of the top staffers of his campaign resigned in a meeting on Thursday, citing disagreements on the direction his campaign is taking.
The mass exodus is a staggering blow to Gingrich's resources, as the outgoing staffers include Rick Tyler, his longtime spokesman, Rob Johnson, his campaign manager, and a host of other key personnel vital to the campaign effort.
Tyler and company disagreed with Newt's decision to forgo traditional grassroots organizing in favor of campaigning via social networking and televised debates, top sources say.
"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.'"