Gingrich lays off staff, refocuses campaign
March 27th, 2012
10:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich lays off staff, refocuses campaign

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich has replaced his campaign manager and is laying off one-third of his staff, but has vowed to continue his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, a spokesman confirms to CNN.

"The campaign is being redesigned to make it convention ready," spokesman R.C. Hammond said. "Speaker Gingrich is committed to going all the way to Tampa."

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Michael Krull, who took over as campaign manager in June 2011, is leaving. Krull is being replaced by longtime Gingrich aide Vince Haley.

Hammond described Krull's departure as amicable.

"He should be applauded for the role he played," Hammond said. Krull remained with the campaign, as did Hammond, when many of Gingrich's staffers, including his senior leadership team, quit last summer.

News of the Gingrich campaign shakeup was first reported by Politico.

Hammond said the campaign will spend the coming months leading up to the Republican National Convention trying to convince Republicans - specifically delegates - that the former House speaker is the best choice to be the GOP nominee. In doing so, the campaign will refocus its strategy.

"We are going to invest in online, low-cost communications," Hammond said. "In many ways we will be talking directly to the delegates."

"The only way to beat Barack Obama is to have a distinct choice," Hammond said. "Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will lose to Barack Obama."

Gingrich communications director Joe DeSantis characterized the campaign changes as reorganization and a refocusing of the campaign.

DeSantis said a Gingrich campaign event scheduled for Wednesday at Georgetown University in Washington would proceed as planned, as would events slated for later this week in Maryland and Wisconsin.

Fellow candidate Rick Santorum reacted to the news of Gingrich’s campaign shakeup at a rally in Wisconsin.

“One of the things I was told very early on in presidential politics is you're running for president as long as somebody hangs in,” Santorum said. “And so I can certainly understand that. I don't know what his plans are, as I said before. We're going to run our race irrespective of who's in and who's out. I think what we're seeing is the race is clearly becoming a two-person race.”

Santorum added he thought Gingrich was “a good man” and a friend.

“I just wish him the best whatever he decides to do,” Santorum said.

CNN estimates Gingrich has 134 delegates, well behind front-runner Mitt Romney, who is estimated to have won 559 delegates, and Santorum, who has 262. A candidate needs 1,144 delegates to secure the GOP nomination.

In a CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday, six out of 10 Republicans said Gingrich should drop out of the race, with 39% saying Gingrich should not end his bid. A majority of Republicans questioned in the survey said their party's presidential nomination should be determined by the primaries and caucuses rather than at the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.

CNN’s Shawna Shepherd and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. bexon

    Jod creation, job creation, job creation and I get laid off.

    March 28, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  2. flyskybird

    See ya Newt !!!

    March 28, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  3. John

    Newt Gingrich Is just to dumb to know when to Quit. He don't care he spending someone else money.

    March 28, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  4. Chris Green

    By staying in the race, it shows the clear and utter disregard for their party, and their country when clearly they have zero much chance of succeeding at the bid. Their selfish miniscule minds are attention grabbing at best and their party should be ouraged by it. But as I said that is what is wrong with the republicans, cacught between the old and the new.

    March 28, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  5. Tony

    Another crook he's in it for the campaign funds sounds like another Sara.

    March 28, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  6. Joshua Ludd

    Let me guess, the campaign has been refocused on its original purpose... to make money for Newt MoonGingrich.

    March 28, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  7. Lee

    Nice. He cant win the confidence of the American people so he will seek to convince the delegates to vote for him and bypass the will of the people.

    March 28, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  8. longtooth

    I'll miss him. Newt is the most nearly human of all republican candidates. A flawed man, to be sure, but at least he provides some sparkle to an otherwise lifeless campaign.

    March 28, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  9. Maggie

    WhaT we are seeing is narcissism in the extreme.

    March 28, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  10. YEA!!!!

    Bye-Bye Newt :-) It's about time.

    March 28, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  11. rami

    Need some $$. Give me what left over Mr. G.

    March 28, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  12. toy

    he is Toast! party its over! bye bye go chase some women now!

    March 28, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  13. Joe

    Same old story in DC...man puts self first, party second, country last. He can't possibly think he has a shot at this point, so the only reason he's staying in is to serve is own interests...speaking engagements, book tours, etc. etc.

    March 28, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  14. W.G.

    The "Key Words " here are "Lay Off" . This what you´ll get with republicans in charge LAYOFFS !!
    Look what they´ve done so far they´ve taken our jobs to china and say to us wel.. "you can retrain "
    but with ALL our jobs going overseas retrain to what ? burger flippers and health care asst.? Not
    everybody can retrain to a better job . Down with the republicans . Free markets are´nt so free
    and free capitalism , unfettered capitalism always comes AT A PRICE and it´s always the middle class and poor
    "Footin´The Bill ".

    March 28, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. Keith

    Poor Newt. It wasn't your staff that was causing people not to vote for you. It was you.

    March 28, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. peter

    Somebody please hit this man with a post to the head until after the election. The only thing bigger than Chris Christie's stomach in the Repukelican Party is this clowns ego! Please Newt, take your wife, Big Bird, and go back to Sesame Street!

    March 28, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  17. Alan

    a bloated , self-obsessed, selfish party hack who should have never run in the first place. The guy is scum...abandons his family, abandoned his stricken wife, tossed out of political office for corruption and shady business deals....wow...GOP....look how far you have fallen to have considered this guy as the leader of our great nation...sad

    March 28, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  18. Bill

    Layoffs is exactly what we'll see if him or any of his Republican buddies get elected.

    March 28, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  19. BigAl

    what a MASSIVE ego. just drop out already

    March 28, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  20. Cfrench

    So ego is now called "having a distinct choice". Gingrich is all ego and no substance and his supporters are all vacuum and no brain.

    March 28, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  21. clarke

    Not sure if cutting his staff will help him. One can only try.

    March 28, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  22. Jon

    Gingrich can fire the entire wait staff, but if the food is terrible, you blame the chef.

    March 28, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  23. some guy in New Hampshire

    How about laying off the candidate?

    March 28, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. Qev

    I a word–quixotic.

    March 28, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  25. bns

    I thought he was a Job creator, not like Rommney who lays people off !!!!!

    March 28, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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