NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Newt Gingrich's run to secure the Republican nomination for president in the 2012 election suffered a big blow after members of his campaign staff reportedly resigned "en masse" on Thursday, according to multiple media reports.
The Wall Street Journal said the departing staffers included campaign manager Rob Johnson, spokesman Rick Tyler, and all of Gingrich's main advisers and campaign operatives in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, where the first three primaries will take place.
The commitment of the former House Speaker from Georgia to the campaign was apparently the big dividing issue, as the Journal said the resignations occurred after a "week of heated debate" about whether Gingrich was going to work hard enough and stick it out.
Gingrich reacted on his Facebook page, saying: "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."In its coverage, the New York Times, citing two unidentified aides as sources, said those resigning included "several veteran Gingrich political advisers as well as recently hired aides," and added David Carney, Sam Dawson, Katon Dawson, and Craig Schoenfeld to the list of names who have left the campaign. Gingrich, who left Congress more than 13 years ago, announced plans to make a presidential run on May 11. -- Written by Michael Baron in New York.
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