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.

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Jun 26, 2011 1:24 AM CDT
You're different, that's for sure, Newt. Thank god there aren't anymore like you. One is more than enough.
Jun 23, 2011 10:37 PM CDT
Uhh, sorry Newt, but your staff quit because your insane and on your way to Nutville, NOT the White House.
Jun 23, 2011 9:07 PM CDT
"FRUIT" GINGRICH? Not too quick on reading what people want, as in people who've been hired by him and at least given a little respect by him. Not to have their boss jump on a cruise ship and boop around foreign waters while the workers plan a presidential bid and....well....duh? Maybe Newt and Sarh can figure a way to play like they want to be president and get the attention, meetings, money to campaigning, etc., but then...yeh, right...drift off into the sunset with TV jobs, book deals, and TV ads for stuff and....well, you what they've been doing the last few years, right?! The folks hired for a presidential campaign were just window they know. Palin and Gingrich? Presidential candiates? Duhhhh!