|Craig Bergman, Former Gingrich Iowa Political Director, Source: LA Times (linked to source)|
Craig Bergman just lead a very short political career. On Wednesday, Dec 7 he participated in a focus group for TheIowaRepublican.com. In that focus group the Tea Party activist and campaign veteran also called Newt Gingrich “the smartest unwise man in America. Because unwise means making bad choices.” Bergman leans towards backing Gingrich, but feels incidents like appearing in a global warming ad with Nancy Pelosi are reasons for concern.
Well, his statements about Gingrich aside, he still got hired the very next day as the Gingrich Iowa Director.
Then word got out on Monday of this week that he also said, “There is a national pastor who is very much on the anti-Mitt Romney bandwagon. A lot of the evangelicals believe God would give us four more years of Obama just for the opportunity to expose the cult of Mormon…There’s a thousand pastors ready to do that.”
On Tuesday Bergman resigned.
Personally, I would have a little more respect for Gingrich if he had fired Bergman. Allowing him to resign fails to make it clear where he, Gingrich, stands on that issue. As a Mormon, I am more than just a little bit offended.
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