Ganske also dismissed concerns that the reputation Gingrich gained during his tenure as Speaker in the 1990s for bringing negativity and partisanship into lawmaking would hurt him in 2012, asserting that the candidate had undergone a transformative shift.

In his time out of office, he has had time to think about a lot of things. I think he is fundamentally a happier person, Ganske said. I have seen a much more measured schedule, and Ive seen more discipline than I ever have before.