Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich's political team scrambled to clarify the former House Speaker's presidential intentions late Tuesday after multiple news organizations reported that Gingrich plans to announce the formation a presidential exploratory committee during a trip to Georgia on Thursday.
Throughout the day, Republicans familiar with Gingrich's plans told numerous media outlets, including CNN, that Gingrich will enter a presidential exploratory phase during a trip to Atlanta on Thursday, when he is slated to meet with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
Joe Gaylord, Gingrich's longtime political adviser, told the Des Moines Register that the formation of an exploratory committee is a certainty.
"It is exactly that, an exploratory committee," Gaylord told the newspaper. "But you can't say that this is tantamount to an announcement of candidacy. It is the announcement of an exploratory committee that says, 'is it really feasible for me to do this, and let me check this out in the next six or seven weeks, because I want to find out if it's real before I do it."
But Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler circulated a statement to reporters Tuesday night contradicting Gaylord's assertion.
"Gingrich is not traveling to Georgia to announce that he will form 'an exploratory committee' as stated in the Des Moines Register," Tyler said. "To be clear, while Speaker Gingrich is in Georgia on Thursday, he will NOT announce the formation of an exploratory committee."
Despite the conflicting messages emerging from the Gingrich camp, the former House Speaker is nevertheless expected to make presidential news following his appearance with Deal at the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday.
He is still likely to announce his intention to explore running for president on Thursday in Atlanta, but it appears he will not file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form an actual committee.
It remains unclear whether Gingrich will continue working as a political contributor for Fox News as he explores a presidential bid. Fox News did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday