Gignrich was unaware of some of his campaign's debt, Hammond said, until after the staffers resigned. As the spokesman put it, the ex-staffers left behind some "turds in the closet." Although he wouldn't identify a specific amount, the spokesman said it is enough "to put a couple of kids through college."
Gingrich's remaining staffers appear intent on shifting blame for blame for the campaign's calamitous start on the consultants who left the campaign last week. Echoing remarks spokesman Joe DiSantis made to National Review on Wednesday
, Hammond routinely criticized and mocked the staffers who left, calling them "Gucci-wearing consultants" who didn't understand how to work with Gingrich.
The remaining staffers, who feel a "sense of relief" that the consultants have left, can better guide Gingrich, said Hammond.
"You don't have to write political consultant on your business card to give someone good advice," he said.