Gingrich's Wife Drove Off Staff
And his Mediterranean cruise was the last straw
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 10, 2011 9:35 AM CDT
Newt Gingrich and Callista Gingrich pose for photos during a December function in Washington in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – What drove the entire Gingrich 2012 senior staff to simultaneously resign in protest? Two words, says Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard: Callista Gingrich. Barnes doesn’t cite any sources—not even anonymous ones—but he says the aides were fed up with the amount of control Gingrich gave his wife, who essentially pushed for a part-time campaign. The final straw, apparently, was the Gingrichs’ just-concluded two-week Mediterranean cruise, which Callista insisted on despite the staff’s objections.

In a New York Times profile last month, Callista was described as lukewarm about the prospect of a White House run. But Barnes says she had nonetheless supplanted Newt's oldest allies—including aide-de-camp Rick Tyler and Sam Dawson, who's been with Gingrich for more than thirty years—to become Newt's foremost adviser. With fundraising down, the staff believed Gingrich could not win without a vigorous campaign, so while he was away at sea, they planned their mutiny.

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Jun 11, 2011 9:33 AM CDT
I actually feel sorry for that goggle-eyed trollop. She has to see him naked. His fupa alone must weigh 300 lbs.
Jun 11, 2011 5:56 AM CDT
Whooooooooooo, Whooooooooooooooo
Jun 10, 2011 7:11 PM CDT
She looks like she's high on meth. Scared me!