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Newt Gingrich hasn’t made his name playing by the rules, but lately, his once appealing irreverence is now hurting him.Take for instance yesterday, when Gingrich canceled on Nevada governor Brian Sandoval without any explanation. The move not only snubbed the leader of a state that chief rival Mitt Romney is owning, but also members of his own campaign staff.
According to the Washington Post, Gingrich staffers have expressed serious discontent over the way the campaign is being managed.
“You’re a Republican presidential candidate coming into a state with a Republican governor,” an irritated Gingrich adviser told the Post. “It’s common courtesy to meet him.”
And this isn’t the first instance where Gingrich has taken heat for such political faux pas. Gingrich was criticised earlier this week for not calling Mitt Romney after his win in the Florida primary.
From day one, the viability of Gingrich’s campaign has been called into question. In July, his bid looked doomed after several senior staffers resigned. More recently, accusations that his staffers attacked a Ron Paul supporter have landed Gingrich in hot water.
With Gingrich already trailing Romney substantially in the polls, the former House speaker needs to limit these kinds of easily avoidable flubs, especially in preparation for Super Tuesday, when 10 states will be up for grabs.
Gingrich has been able to get by this election on charisma and an ability to rouse voters that has been decidedly lacking in other candidates (Mitt Romney, we’re looking at you), but if there is any hope left for his candidacy he desperately needs to tighten up his ship.
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