That trip, and differing thoughts on how the former House speaker’s presidential “grass- roots campaign” should proceed, resulted in most, if not all, of his senior campaign staff walking off the job Thursday afternoon.
His spokesman, Rick Tyler, told The Washington Post that the resignations had to do with a disagreement on the path of the campaign, and others alluded to the ill-timed vacation so early in the campaign. Tyler, Gingrich’s campaign manager Rob Johnson, other senior strategists and his staff in Iowa were said to be among those who quit.
Although it’s still early in the election cycle, the staffing turmoil does make for an uphill battle for a campaign that didn’t appear to have much traction to begin with. On his Facebook page, Gingrich said he is not giving up:
“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.”