Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - R.C. Hammond did not have a good morning.
A gaggle of frustrated reporters swarmed Newt Gingrich's perpetually-exhausted traveling press secretary before the candidate's Thursday morning event in Las Vegas, demanding to know why campaign advisers had erroneously informed various media outlets that business mogul and reality television star Donald Trump was set to endorse Gingrich.
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CNN broke the news Thursday that Trump will actually be endorsing Mitt Romney.
But multiple news outlets - including The Associated Press, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Politico - reported the previous evening that Gingrich would be the one to land the endorsement, citing sources inside the campaign.
Was the communications mix-up a sign of the campaign's disorganization?
Or had Trump given Gingrich assurances about his endorsement, and then backed away?
With a raft of digital audio recorders shoved in his face, Hammond refused to answer the questions.
"The only person who knows what Donald Trump is going to do today is Donald Trump," he said, repeating the line at least five different times.
When reporters continued to press, Hammond demanded to know what campaign sources had talked.
"Who are they?" he asked.
No one named names - reporters don't like to reveal their sources, after all – so Hammond, clutching his coffee, tried to meander away.
"I am not talking to you guys anymore," he huffed. "I can only say the same thing 16 times."
Still, some reporters followed, wanting more details about the Trump drama.
"I am already tired of you," he said, brushing them off. "I need to take a nap."
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Well it is easy to see why he works for Gingrich. If things do not go his way he gets mad and stomps away.
Maybe it was wishful thinking that Trump would support Newt? Or Newt was trying to piggy back on the announcement for some free publicity and controversy? Or maybe Newt was just messing with the media because they are, after all, very close friends....hahahaha.
The Donald may be a shrewd businessman, but I think his political compass is off-course.
Sorry Newt. You're just a 1%er. Those 0.0006%ers stick to together.
If he was smart, Newter would say "good. I'm glad he's endorsing Mitens. Now everyone will see how nuts he is"
R. C. Hammond discovered that you can never count on a lying republican to endorse a lying republican when he is endorsing a lying republican.
Do right wingnuts get paid more than the minimum wage to post lies?
Are there really people whose vote would be swayed by who Trump endorses? What does that say about us as a society?
Trump not endorsing Gingrich probably did him a favor. Who would want the biggest joke in reality TV to endorse his campaign for the highest office in the country? I don't know anyone who would vote based on Trump's endorsement.
Looks like Newt got Trumped by the Donald. Lol
""I need to take a nap."" Wasn't that John McCain's campaign slogan?
Go Newt ! , leader of the Immoral Minority
Trump, and Romney both are just idiots. Don't worry. Obama2012.
Why any serious candidate would want Trump's endorsement is beyond my comprehension. I can see Trump endorsing Gingrich being another charter member of the wife-cheaters club like Herman Cain.
wow, Hammond sounds like just as much of a d-bag as Gingrich!
If Romney accepts Trump's endorsement he will loose whatever little respect I have for him.
Who freaking cares what Donald has to say or endorse. Does Donald really think he is all that?
So Trump followed the money.....no surprise and who cares?
Entire Republican party itself not trust-worthy in this nation. Don't worry. Trump and Romney both are idiots...o.k,
Oh no–I thought all the weirdos were supposed to endorse Gingrich: Perry, Palin, Cain...I hope Trumps endorsement doesn't deter anyone from voting for Romney! Mitt 2012!
Sounds like he has Gingrich's emotional stability.
It would have been Gingrich if Trump's hair hadn't seen its shadow this morning.
News flash! Newt drops out. Trump enters the (rat)race. Newt endorses Trump. Trump enters 1600 Pennsylavnia as the victor! Yeh!
I could care less who Trump endorses, but this has to be a big hit against Newt. Romney in 2012!
I'm no fan of Gingrich (or Hammond), but it does seem a bit rich for reporters to be demanding answers from him about why unnamed "Gingrich advisers" told them something, but refusing to say who those sources were. How can Hammond answer their question without knowing who is being talked about?
All the more reason for reporters (and readers) to be dubious about trusting anonymous campaign sources pushing self-serving stories - if they aren't willing to go on the record, why should they be allowed to peddle their spin?