Rick Tyler, a longtime spokesman for Newt Gingrich, has joined Winning Our Future as a senior adviser to the Super PAC tasked with supporting Gingrich's presidential run.
Although a Super PAC is legally barred from coordinating its work with the presidential campaign it's supporting, it's not unusual for former staffers with close ties to the candidates to join their Super PACs. It's a fact Gingrich underscored yesterday at a campaign stop when he implored Iowans to ask his rivals to stop running negative ads.
"They ought to take this junk off the air," he said in Hiawatha, Iowa on Monday. "And don't hide behind some baloney about 'this Super Pac that I actually have no control over that happens to be run by five of my former staff.' That's just baloney."
Expect to see a lot more of that quote if Winning Our Future starts running negative ads against Gingrich's rivals.
UPDATE: On Tuesday morning, Mitt Romney ducked a question on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about whether he would heed Gingrich's call to rein in his Super PACs' negative ads. Later in the day, Gingrich blasted Romney.
"This PAC was created by (Romney's) former staff and funded by his personal friends - if he wants to stop it, he can ... demand that every ad be positive. ... We ought to understand these are his people, running his ads, doing his dirty work while he pretends to be above it," Gingrich said on the campaign trail in Iowa.
He continued: "If Rick Tyler runs a single negative ad, I will disown the PAC and discourage anybody giving them a penny. Now the governor has a very easy way of doing the same thing. For (Romney) to say he couldn't find the people who gave him that money? That he couldn't get them to put pressure on the PAC to be reasonable is just purely dishonest."
CBS News' Sarah Huisenga contributed.