Gingrich Staffers Return With Eye On Iowa

If Newt Gingrich’s long-shot bid to win the 2012 GOP presidential nomination is to reach fruition, the former House Speaker will need a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses. Two former Team Gingrich staffers have defected from Team Perry and returned for the Hawkeye State stretch-run. Jennifer Jacobs at the Des Moines Register chimes in:

Two of Newt Gingrich’s Iowa campaign staffers who quit in early June in frustration with the candidate’s lackadaisical campaigning and fundraising have signed back on now that his polling numbers have jumped.

Iowa Republicans Craig Schoenfeld and Katie Koberg have rejoined the Gingrich campaign as senior advisers, spokesman R.C. Hammond said today.

A startling walkout in early June by Gingrich’s entire team of paid Iowa staff, as well as several national aides, cast serious doubts over the future of his campaign.

But polls now show Republicans are giving Gingrich a fresh look: He’s on top of the mountain at 23 percent in a Fox News national poll of GOP primary voters. But he remains at about 5 percent among Iowa likely GOP caucusgoers, according to a new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll released today.

Hammond said the debt Gingrich carried earlier this year will be paid off within two weeks. He said fundraising has picked up dramatically.

How did Gingrich stay alive through this rough spell? Social media, debates and ideas conveyed at personal appearances, his campaign aides said.

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