Gingrich fundraisers quit
June 21st, 2011
01:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich fundraisers quit

(CNN) - Top fundraisers for Republican Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign resigned Tuesday, the campaign confirmed to CNN.

Fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman left the team. The two defections follow 16 resignations earlier in the month when top aides stepped down over disagreements with the former House Speaker.

Gingrich press secretary RC Hammond said the campaign will continue.

"Newt 2012 continues its reorganization to achieve a grassroots driven substantive solutions orientated campaign," Hammond told CNN. "We wish the members of the finance team who decided to leave the best. The campaign continues forward as committed as ever."

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. St Genesius

    Committed –yup, that would be exactly the word I'd use.

    June 21, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Newt Gingrich

    This may be over before it starts.

    June 21, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. cecilia

    Gees, after a while you can't help but feel sorry for the guy and I don't even like him

    June 21, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Give up you old windbag. Jesus, what an overblown ego.

    June 21, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. mdn

    Unfortunately Newt is DONE. He is a smart guy with a lot to offer but we will never find out.

    June 21, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Jeff in Illinois

    Grassroots? Now THAT's funny!

    June 21, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Sage

    It's time for him to go!

    June 21, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, its off the cliff I go. Coudn't happen to a nice guy. Buh- bye, Newtie Petutie.

    June 21, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. boyamidumb

    A relic. Sadly the newbies replacing the relics are even worse. America, we are in for a time of testing. It will take every one of us TALKING and WORKING TOGETHER to get through this without becoming a corporate state or a totalitarian government.

    This is it folks. We did it before. We can do it again.

    June 21, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Mike

    Like rats on the Titanic. How can he expect to raise money and waste it on a futile campaign? And he wants to be president? Sad.

    June 21, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Sorensen

    Does anybody care? The old, sleazy, dishonest fart does not have a chance ever to be elected to anything.

    June 21, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Michael

    Same old GOP line..."stay the course" no matter what. I wonder why so many people are already jumping ship. Cleary Newt isn't a team or consensus builder.

    June 21, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Mike D

    The writing is on the wall!

    June 21, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Frank Gerber

    Newt Gingrich is now officially the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

    King Arthur: Now, stand aside, worthy adversary!
    Black Knight: 'Tis but a scratch!
    King Arthur: A scratch? Your arm's off!
    Black Knight: No, it isn't!
    King Arthur: Well, what's that then?
    Black Knight: I've had worse.

    June 21, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. nick p

    some peole just cant take a hint! your own party doesnt want you, go away, Newt, far away! Nuke Newt!

    June 21, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Mr Sickouass

    Newt. Do you get it yet? Your OWN STAFF thinks your unelectable. Do us all a favor, and thin the herd. Go home.

    June 21, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. hecep

    Of course. Big fundraisers expect big paydays (i.e., ambassadorships and other government appointments) once their man (or woman) gets elected. With relatively little chance of Gingritch getting elected, it makes sense that fundraisers would bail; why put in all the big buck heavy lifting.

    June 21, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Dot

    He is history.

    June 21, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. trashcup

    Maybe Newt can now hire some folks from Tiffany's – they know who are the rich people are....or, maybe Tiffany's could extend his credit line a bit more to a couple of million.

    June 21, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Cfrench

    I suppose when you're caught laundering campaign contributions through one of old Newt's business interests that might get a few people to throw in the towel.

    June 21, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. kd

    18 resignations and he still won't quit. You know, Newt – you may be damaging your speaking fees here. You're really only in it for the long-term money anyway. Time to call it a day on this one.

    June 21, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Thinks2010

    By all means, let's elect someone who can't even keep a campaign together to run the country. What a loser.

    June 21, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Shinea

    Why continue? He can't even convince people he PAYS, why would he think anybody would vote for him. he

    June 21, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Clt

    He and his third wife didn't have to cut the greek isles trip short, stick a fork in him, he's done. Or as Mike Barnicle said one morning on "Morning Joe", he's a "delusional loser".

    June 21, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. MarineDad

    Newt, should just quit running for president. Every time he does, he just makes a bigger fool of himself than the last time.

    He has no new ideas, no spark, just a doddering old man, trying to convince us of some archaic ideas.

    Go away, you occupy too much space.

    June 21, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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