Despite giving Newt Grinch his endorsement last fall, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips is fed up with the way that the former Speaker of the House has run his campaign, voicing his frustration in a blog post released Monday entitled "An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich."
"When I endorsed you, I believed you were not only the best candidate to be the next President but really the only candidate who offered us any hope that we could roll back the damage done by the Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of fiscal evil," writes Phillips. "That was then and this is now."
Phillips is a former Shelby County, Tennessee, assistant district attorney and organized the 2010 National Tea Party Convention.
"Your campaign is sinking faster than an Italian Cruise ship. I don’t know if anyone is telling you what is going on in your campaign but right now it is a disaster.
Last week, I was in Florida with the Tea Party Express tour. At the events, other campaigns had surrogates. By default, I became yours. I did not mind, but your campaign should have had someone there. While I was at the events in Florida, Romney supporters were there with signs, Ron Paul supporters with signs and Rick Santorum supporters with signs. Your supporters were there. They asked me for signs.
Because there was no one from your campaign attending, there were no signs to give.
In short, your campaign in Florida was in complete disarray. And it isn’t just Florida."
Phillips goes on to write that Gingrich's campaign failed to respond to his multiple offers to help support Newt in Tennessee, and says he has heard similar stories from disillusioned supporters across the nation. Aside from firing ineffective staff, Phillips suggests that Gingrich tries to campaign not against Romney but on an idea to "change American and restore it." Phillips writes that Gingrich should attempt to assemble a "team" of 100 or more conservatives running for Congress and rally behind a "team agenda" similar to his Contract with America in 1994.
"Your campaign is not working. The first rule, when you are in a hole, quit digging.
You need to do something. The choice is yours.
You can fight or you can let Romney win."