In a major blow to Newt Gingrich's presidential hopes, senior advisers to his 2012 campaign resigned en masse today, citing strategic differences.
The staffers include Rick Tyler, a longtime political adviser and close friend to Gingrich who has worked for the former House speaker for years, as well as Rob Johnson, a former longtime aide to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who had been hired to manage Gingrich's campaign.
According to the Associated Press's Dave Espo, the group announced their resignations to Gingrich in a meeting earlier today. In a message on Facebook, Gingrich insisted he plans to stay in the 2012 race. "I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring," the message read. "The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles."