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Ex-Gingrich spokesman: Departures due to a difference of opinion about 'path to victory'

First Read just got off the phone with longtime Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler, who was part of the exodus from the Gingrich campaign.

While Tyler said he wouldn't go into details, he said the departures were due to a difference of opinion about "the path to victory" for Gingrich.

"There is a path to victory," Tyler said. "But there was a dispute on what that path to victory was."

Tyler -- who sent the now-famous "literati"/"minions" statement about the critical press Gingrich was receiving -- had worked for Gingrich for nearly 12 years.

"It's been an unbelievable 12 years," he told First Read. "I have no regrets. I admire him deeply. I hope he does become president."

But he said that Gingrich needed a different path to victory. That was echoed by strategist Dave Carney, who also departed the Gingrich campaign. "The professional team came to the realization that the direction of the campaign they sought and Newt vision for campaign were incompatible."

Gingrich just released the following statement: "I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles," when he addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition there.