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From Mud To Duds: where did Newt’s first 2012 campaign staff go?

Now that Newt Gingrich’s poll numbers are surging, I was wondering what happened to the members of his staff that jumped ship in June.

Dave Carney, Rob Johnson and Katon Dawson all went to Rick Perry. They must be having second thoughts now after switching from the morally muddy but excellent debater Gingrich to the dud Perry. Craig Schoenfeld left Gingrich for Perry’s exploratory committee but, perhaps wisely, did not join the Perry campaign. At this time, Shoenfeld doesn’t count the well funded Perry out but he believes Gingrich’s poll numbers will continue growing “because folks tuning in have seen he’s about ideas and substance.” It seems more likely that people abandoning Cain just have no where else to go. Now that Gingrich is competitive, the Target Tiffany target on his back will draw way more attention than Newt can handle.

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue switched from Gingrich to Pawlenty before Pawlenty switched to Romney. Perdue and Pawlenty may regret those decisions for different reasons. If Pawlenty had hung in there, he might have gotten his turn on the frontrunner shore in the ebb and flow of this campaign.

– Iron Filing



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    And now we have Cain and Bachmann supporting waterboarding. Apparently neither have heard of the Geneva Convention, just like Bachmann wanting to leave troups in Iraq apparently not hearing that Baby Bush signed an agreement with Iraq to get out by the end of 2011. She must be blind and deaf.

    Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 5:02 am | Permalink
  2. Arthanyel wrote:

    Bachmann and Cain are both idiots and I hope one them is the nominee so Obama can be guaranteed victory. But Romney will be the nominee. If he chooses Gingrich as VP that might be the strongest ticket they can field which will appease both the Tea Party and establishment Republicans and still have a chance of winning.

    Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink