Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) has tapped Rob Johnson to manage his presidential campaign, Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler has confirmed to Hotline On Call. Johnson most recently ran Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) successful 2010 re-election effort. He's a well-known political operative in the Lone Star State and signed on with Gingrich as an adviser in March.
Tyler said earlier this week that Gingrich will be a candidate by May 13, the day he is scheduled to address Georgia Republicans at their state meeting. "I'll be in by the 10th or 11th," Gingrich told Hotline On Call Saturday.
iWatch News, which first reported that Johnson would manage the Gingrich campaign, also reports that close Gingrich adviser Joe Gaylord will stay on as CEO of the 527 committee Gingrich set up several years ago, American Solutions for Winning the Future.