The Iowa political director for Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned Tuesday after he suggested that evangelical pastors would oppose Mitt Romney as a candidate for president to “expose the cult of Mormon.”
Craig Bergman made the remarks at a focus group last week, before he had joined Gingrich’s campaign.
“There is a national pastor who is very much on the anti-Romney bandwagon,” Bergman said at the focus group , which was hosted by McClatchy Newspapers and TheIowaRepublican.com. “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.”
At the time, Bergman was speaking as an undecided voter, The Iowa Republican’s editor, Craig Robinson, told The Des Moines Register.
At that same focus group, Bergman called Gingrich “the smartest unwise man in America.”
Bergman agreed Tuesday “to step away from his role with Newt 2012,” spokesman R.C. Hammond said in a statement.
“He made a comment to a focus group prior to becoming an employee that is inconsistent with Newt 2012's pledge to run a positive and solutions-orientated campaign,” Hammond said.