Gingrich camp confronts visiting Romney surrogates

Delray Beach, Fla. — Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzHouse to vote this week on contempt for former Clinton IT staffer FBI releases interviews with Clinton aides The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Utah) found his own tactics turned against him during a Newt Gingrich event here Friday afternoon.

Chaffetz, a Mitt Romney supporter, has been turning up at Gingrich events during the past two days, though he denied in a brief interview with The Hill that he was doing so in order to goad the former Speaker. He said he was merely there to "offer some perspective."

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But Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond decided it was time to do some goading of his own, as he briefed reporters. Hammond first waved with faux-glee at the Utah congressman and invited him to join the briefing. When Chaffetz ignored him, the spokesman instead marched the press over to where Chaffetz was standing with fellow Romney supporter Bay Buchanan.

Hammond told Chaffetz that Sen. John McCainJohn McCainGreen Beret awarded for heroism during 'pandemonium' of Boston bombing House passes bill exempting some from ObamaCare mandate NBC's Lester Holt emerges from debate bruised and partisan MORE, a Romney supporter and former GOP nominee, has expressed distaste for the tactic of having campaign surrogates shadowing an opposing candidate's events. Chaffetz replied, "I am just here attending."

Hammond would not let the matter rest, though, teasing an increasingly uncomfortable Chaffetz that "I didn't even have to pay at a fundraiser to see you — that's exciting."

Hammond continued for several minutes in a similar vein, asking Chaffetz with fake bonhomie, "Where are you going next? Do you want our schedule for tomorrow? Are you going to join our charter to Tampa?"

As the barrage continued, an exasperated Chaffetz asked Hammond, "Are you serious?"