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Former House Speaker
“The professional team came to the realization that the direction of the campaign they sought and Newt’s vision for [the] campaign were incompatible,” Carney said in an e-mail to The Inquirer.
Perhaps, but it’s nearly impossible to run an operation as complex as a presidential campaign without a staff.
Morale had been low on the Gingrich team, and many staffers believed that the candidate lacked direction, according to Republican sources familiar with the campaign. Gingrich wanted to rely on technology and social media to build his campaign, along with provocative performances in televised debates.
Aides pressed Gingrich to pay more attention to old-fashioned grassroots organizing and retail campaigning in the early states, along with the other approaches. But his travel schedule was thin.
The last straw, former staffers said, was Gingrich’s decision to take a long-planned Mediterranean cruise last week with his wife, Callista, even with the campaign already off to a shaky start.
Thursday’s exodus increased speculation that
“You have to be able to raise money to run a campaign, and you have to invest time in fund-raising and to campaign here in the state, and I did not have the confidence that was going to be happening,” Schoenfeld told the newspaper.
Gingrich is scheduled to appear at a
“There was a question of commitment,”
Most political analysts had considered Gingrich a long shot from the start, given his history of straying off message into controversy. Gingrich, who was speaker in the 1990s, had been out of elective politics for a long time, and his style can be abrasive. He also carries personal baggage: He’s on his third marriage, with well-publicized incidents of adultery in the past.
But Gingrich, a former history professor, has also been a productive source of ideas in the
His campaign’s first two weeks were disastrous. Just days after announcing, Gingrich went on
He apologized to Rep.
Then came the revelation that Gingrich and his wife had a revolving credit account of up to
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