2012 Election

Report: Newt Gingrich Campaign $1 Million in Debt

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A report on Wednesday claims the presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich may be in debt by up to $1 million.

"Page Six" of the New York Post reports former staffers say it is because of his "wild spending and lackluster campaigning."

Sixteen top staffers quit the campaign last month after Gingrich spent a two-week vacation with his wife in Greece.

"Everyone was advising him to do more because he wasn't doing enough, and then he left for Greece," one ex-staffer said.

Gingrich's representative, however, blames the former staffers for the money woes.

"Every single week since they left, we've been cutting down the debt," the spokesman told the newspaper. "The campaign will employ a strategy going forward of empowering volunteers."

Gingrich is also saving money by ending his practice of flying on private jets. "Newt has flown commercial . . . since the consultants left," the representative said.

But an ex-aide responded, "He's not spending money because he has no staff."

The former staffer also said they got no direction from Gingrich, that he would nap on flights instead of issuing instructions.

"There were no written speeches," the ex-staffer said, adding, "We often had to drag him out of the bathroom before rallies. He would be hiding there so he could be alone. We were always in the dark. He was very unpredictable."

His spokesman said that is nonsense. "Totally untrue. Newt communicates with his leadership several times a day by phone and e-mail."

While GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney announced on Wednesday that he has raised $18.25 million over the past three months, Politico said that Gingrich will report raising around $2 million over the same period.