NBC News has video of Newt Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond approaching Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a surrogate for Mitt Romney, asking him questions with a recorder open after a Gingrich event in Florida.
“This tit-for-tat continued for the next several minutes turning to topics of Gingrich not being able to get on the ballot of his home state of Virginia to using the Thomas System to look up legislative records… The Romney surrogates, according to a campaign source, are attending these events to rebut the speaker and provide another narrative to the press. They stand in the back and talk to press when approached, rarely speaking to voters unless the voter initiates conversation.”
Mark Halperin: “After leaving Gingrich alone until it was too late in South Carolina, Boston focused on Newt from the start in Florida. And, like when Perry threatened the frontrunner, Team Romney has been incredibly effective tearing down Gingrich, going after him on the campaign trail by sending surrogates to crash his events, hitting him with TV and radio ads, holding daily media conference calls to drive choice themes, lining up newsmaking anti-Newt statements from people like Bob Dole and using Matt Drudge.”
Via The Political Wire.