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Newt Gingrich loses two more campaign staffers: the fundraisers


Newt Gingrich's campaign staff just gets smaller and smaller. Less than two weeks ago, 16 staffers resigned en masse soon after Gingrich and his wife returned from a cruise in the Greek Isles.

On Tuesday, fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman said adios to the campaign, leaving the former House speaker with gaping holes in his infrastructure. What better to patch up a hole? Duct tape.

Yes, that is the Gingrich plan.

"The campaign will continue to reorganize,” Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told the Washington Post. “We are going to duct-tape together one coalition of Americans after another that believe in his large, bold vision of change.”

Duct tape.

Maybe after the cruise and the credit line at Tiffany's, and the loss of his two main fundraisers, duct tape is all one can afford?

According to anonymous sources who spoke to the Associated Press, the Gingrich campaign is more than $1 million in debt, which appears to be one main reason the Georgian is having a tough time keeping people on board.

-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Former U.S. Speaker of the House and Republican candidate for president Newt Gingrich speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 16, 2011, in New Orleans. The conference featured speeches from all of the major GOP candidates for president as well as numerous Republican leaders from across the country. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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