Newt Gingrich Implodes

| Thu Jun. 9, 2011 3:31 PM EDT

Say what?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign imploded Thursday afternoon with his entire senior staff resigning en masse, according to multiple sources familiar with the moves.

“When the campaign and the candidate disagree on the path, they’ve got to part ways,” said Rick Tyler, a longtime Gingrich spokesman who was among those who left the campaign.

Tyler....Rob Johnson....Dave Carney....Katon Dawson....Sam Dawson....Craig Schoenfeld....Walter Whetsell....Scott Rials have all stepped aside. Much of Gingrich’s early state operation was also headed for the exits, according to a one senior campaign source.

....Among the issues leading to the resignations, according to knowledgeable sources, was the two-week vacation that Gingrich and his wife, Callista, insisted upon taking against the advice of his top political staff. Coming as it did after one of the most disastrous campaign launches in recent memory, it raised questions as to whether Gingrich would be willing to “commit time to the grassroots,” said Tyler.

Hmmm. Something tells me that it takes more than disagreement over a vacation to drive a candidate's entire senior staff away. However, here's a prediction: once we learn the whole story, Callista Gingrich will somehow be involved.

UPDATE: Fred Barnes kicks off the Callista bashing: "The problem was the wife. Aides to Newt Gingrich have resigned from his presidential campaign in protest of what they felt was a takeover by Callista Gingrich, the candidate’s wife since 2000."

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