Senior Aides on Newt Gingrich’s Team Resign

Jun 9, 2011 3:41pm

ABC News’ Amy Walter and Arlette Saenz report: Several key aides to presidential candidate Newt Gingrich have resigned from his team, including his campaign manager, ABC News has confirmed.

The news, first reported by the AP, was confirmed by Sam Dawson, one of the aides who has resigned.

The wire service reported that Gingrich's manager Rob Johnson and spokesman Rick Tyler both stepped down, along with several other senior strategists who cited differences over the direction of the campaign. Gingrich was made aware of the resignations earlier today, according to AP.

Gingrich, whose campaign got off to a rocky start, recently returned from a vacation in Greece with his wife Callista.

The two were in Plaistow, N.H. Wednesday to screen their documentary, “Nine Days that Changed the World,” and a book signing at a high school.

At an event at C&M Machine Products Inc. earlier in the day, Gingrich signed the “Strong America Now” deficit reduction pledge, which vows to eliminate the deficit without adding new taxes.

His next scheduled event is a Republican Jewish Coalition Dinner in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

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