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Perhaps in anger over Newt and Callista taking a two-week cruise in the Aegean Sea after the worst campaign launch in modern American history, the senior staff of the Gingrich campaign for president has quit en masse.

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s campaign manager, senior strategists and key aides in early delegate-selection states all resigned on Thursday, a mass exodus that leaves his hopes of winning the Republican nomination in tatters.

According to reports, Newt and Callista returned to the US earlier this week to find the campaign staff in “a rebellion that had been brewing for some time among the senior echelon of his campaign.”

Never fear, though, Newt4.2 is on the way. The disgraced former Speaker posted this 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 it wasn’t just the new guys, apparently:

The defections included several veteran Gingrich political advisers, along with new aides who were recently hired. The list, according to two aides, included: David Carney, a New Hampshire-based political strategist, Sam Dawson, a strategist, Katon Dawson, a South Carolina consultant and Craig Schoenfeld, an Iowa consultant.

And, ouch:

“There was a path to victory, Newt had a different path. When that happens, the people who work for the campaign have to leave,” Rick Tyler, who resigned today as Gingrich’s spokesman, told CBS News.

In addition to Tyler, Gingrich’s campaign manager, Rob Johnson, and senior strategists and aides in important early voting states have stepped down.

Hey Newt? You can’t treat campaigns like wives. With so many candidates running, there’s only so much senior GOP staff to go around. You appear to have pissed off your Team A. There may not be a Team B available now.

Teddy Partridge

Teddy Partridge