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(UPDATED) Newt Gingrich’s senior staff resigned en masse today, dealing a potentially fatal blow to his already faltering presidential campaign.
According to various reports those quitting include campaign manager Rob Johnson, adviser and former South Carolina GOP chair Katon Dawson, and Gingrich’s longtime spokesman, Rick Tyler. Their reasons for quitting were not immediately clear.
Gingrich has been out of the country for the past two weeks on a cruise in Greece.
He launched his campaign just a month ago and immediately faced a series of humiliating mini-scandals, including his flip-flop on the Republican Medicare plan and media scrutiny of his hundreds of thousands of dollars of spending at Tiffany’s.
Gingrich said last month that Ronald Reagan, too, had struggled in the early days of his ultimately successful campaign for president in 1980.
UPDATE: Gingrich responds on Facebook: “I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”
And here is Tyler’s explanation for departing after over a decade at Gingrich’s side: “There is a path to victory. But there was a dispute on what that path to victory was.”
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Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.