Now that Herman Cain has suspended his presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich hopes to recruit his staffers. At last night’s Monday Meeting at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan, Mr. Gingrich said his operatives have held meetings with the Cain campaign and he expects many of their staffers to join his team.
The Monday Meeting is a monthly gathering of influential New York City conservatives. Meetings are entirely off record, but the Politicker waited outside the conference room where Mr. Gingrich addressed an audience of several hundred people and spoke to several of the attendees.
Lewis Woodhill, a software entrepreneur, economist and writer, said Mr. Gingrich told the audience he was actively working to get Cain campaign staffers to join his operation.
“He said that his campaign manager was in Atlanta meeting with Herman Cain today,” Mr. Woodhill said.
Mr. Woodhill, who described himself as a former economic advisor to the Cain campaign, said he thinks Mr. Gingrich will succeed in his attempt to enlist the support of former Cain staffers.
“Who else is there? Perry’s too dumb and Romney’s not a conservative, so what do we got?” Mr. Woodhill said.
Mr. Gingrich isn’t the only Republican candidate hoping to get a boost from the scandalous implosion of the Cain campaign. This morning, Michele Bachmann sent out a press release announcing she has received the support of 19 former Cain backers in South Carolina.
“Our phones are blowing up with former Cain supporters wanting to line up behind a true consistent conservative,” Ms. Bachmann said. “I won’t back down from my conservative beliefs. It is with our campaign that Cain supporters will find a home for their constitutional conservative agenda.”
Mr. Gingrich and a campaign spokesperson declined to comment for this story.