Most of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign top staff all resigned today. From Politico:
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.
This is a serious blow to his beleaguered campaign this is the kind of story that makes fundraising much harder.
In addition to hurting the Gingrich campaign this rapid implosion will likely help strengthen the narrative that supporting Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare is now a litmus test in the Republican presidential primary.
Gingrich campaign began its downward spiral right after he came out strongly against Ryan’s plan on Meet the Press and was quickly attacked by conservative pundits for doing so.
While Gingrich’s fall most likely has more to do with his personal shortcoming than this one break from the party line, I suspect it will still make other candidates more cautious about distancing themselves the House Republican budget.