Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has made a pledge recently in his campaign for president — no negative attacks. He has said publicly that he will neither launch a negative attack himself, nor will he allow any surrogates to do so on his behalf.
Lots of politicians make this claim. But how serious is Gingrich? Yesterday, he fired a staffer over it.
In this case, it was a new hire. According to the Des Moines Register, Craig Bergman, the political director for his Iowa campaign, said that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will never get support because of his religion. “‘A lot of the evangelicals believe God would give us four more years of Obama just for the opportunity to expose the cult of Mormon,’ Bergman said during the focus group, according to The Iowa Republican. ‘There’s a thousand pastors ready to do that.’”
By the end of the day, Bergman was gone. “‘Craig Bergman agreed to step away from his role with Newt 2012 today,’ Gingrich spokesman RC Hammond said in a statement. ‘He made a comment to a focus group prior to becoming an employee that is inconsistent with Newt 2012′s pledge to run a positive and solutions orientated campaign.’”
Ironically, in that exact same focus group, which was done before he was hired on to the campaign, Bergman also called Gingrich “the smartest unwise man in America. Because unwise means making bad choices.”
Perhaps Bergman was right, there. He should have done a google search on his new hire first.