Gingrich Staffers Quit En Masse: "We Didn't Sign Up to Be Hucksters"

 Gingrich's senior staffers handed in their resignations this week, and now ABC Newsis reportingthe departure was partly related to the film and book industries the GOPer had them running outside of their political duties:

Senior staffers demanded that Gingrich focus on pressing the flesh and fundraising and stop touring the country promoting film projects with his wife. At one point Gingrich was so focused on film premiers and book signings, one senior staffer emailed the team: "We didn’t sign up to be hucksters for products for sale"

But sources say Callista controls the schedule. They say she refused to allow the candidate to attend a Memorial Day Weekend parade in key early primary state South Carolina unless a film screening was set up in the state.  

South Carolina consultant Katon Dawson was pushing hard for the candidate to attend the parade, but the film screening couldn’t be set up.

So the couple stayed in Washington DC and attended the opera at the Kennedy Center on May 27.  Some senior staffers laughed: the opera was Don Pasquale -- a comedy about an old wealthy man’s romantic life.

Touche, senior staffers. Read more here.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 11, 2011, 8:00am

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