Gingrich: My Staff Quit Because I'm Too Different
Reagan aides quit during 1980 campaign, Newt notes
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2011 4:49 AM CDT
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, holds one of his presents, a road sign with the White House address on it, during his 68th birthday party in Atlanta yesterday.   (AP Photo/John Amis)

(Newser) – Staffers are departing the good ship Gingrich because he's just too different for them, the candidate says. "Philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with," he told reporters in Atlanta yesterday, Reuters reports. Gingrich, who lost 16 campaign staff earlier this month and two more this week, noted that that 13 of Ronald Reagan's aides quit during his 1980 primary campaign.

"If I had to choose Reaganomics or 13 staffers quitting, I think for the average working American, Reaganomics was a much better deal ," Gingrich said. "Gingrich wants to emulate Reagan's 1980 campaign, only without staff, volunteers or money," scoffed a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. "We wish him well and we earnestly hope that he is indeed the eventual GOP nominee for president next year." Click through to read about the embattled candidate's second line of credit at Tiffany.