GOP Presidential Primary

Top Gingrich fundraisers leave campaign

Two top members of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s finance team left the campaign on Monday following a mass exodus of senior staff nearly two weeks ago.

Gingrich fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman are no longer with the campaign, according to spokesman R.C. Hammond.

{mosads}”We still think the very best of them and it was an amicable parting,” he told The Hill on Tuesday.

Their departures represent yet another blow to Gingrich’s presidential campaign, and they came after reports that the former House Speaker (R-Ga.) has had trouble raising money for his ailing bid.

And the most recent wave of attrition raises specific concerns about his ability to raise the money necessary to compete in early primary and caucus states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Hammond said that there are still over half a dozen staff members fundraising for Gingrich’s campaign. He added that Gingrich would continue his presidential campaign.

“Newt is committed to running a solutions-oriented campaign,” he said. “We’re forging ahead.”

On June 9, Gingrich lost his campaign manager, Rob Johnson; his longtime spokesman, Rick Tyler; and other top campaign aides because of a disagreement over the direction of the campaign.

The original exodus occurred after Gingrich returned from a Mediterranean cruise with his wife, Callista, that began shortly after he launched his campaign.

Gingrich vowed to soldier on and continue his run for president. He took part in the GOP presidential primary debate in New Hampshire last Monday and has made several public appearances and media hits.

Gingrich has brushed aside concerns about the turmoil amongst his staff.

With the exception of one person all the staff who left were recently-hired consultants, he told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday. “All the original team I have built over the last 10 or 12 years is still there.”

Gingrich will appear in Atlanta on Thursday to deliver a speech on Federal Reserve policy and will travel to the first caucus state of Iowa on Saturday to participate in a Tea Party bus tour.


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