Facing continued fallout from Tiffany’s purchases and staff resignations, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich tried to generate some positive buzz Thursday by offering a job to fictional character Dwight Schrute.
Actor Rainn Wilson, who plays Schrute on NBC’s popular comedy “The Office,” used Twitter to jokingly apply for a job with the Gingrich campaign.
“Dear @NewtGingrich: because of the many Newt/Schrute rhyme options, I humbly offer my services as your new campaign manager,” Wilson tweeted.
“We have a campaign manager,” Gingrich replied. “What about assistant TO the campaign manager?”
Last week, two top members of Gingrich’s financial team quit after they discovered that the candidate had a second line of credit at Tiffany’s worth up to $1 million. This followed the resignation of 16 other staffers.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Gingrich had spent as much as $300,000 a year on Christmas gifts for his wife Callista.
The social media buzz Gingrich receives from offering to hire Wilson may be the closest thing to positive press coverage that he can get at this point.
Gallup’s most recent poll found that while Gingrich’s name recognition was second only to Sarah Palin, his “Positive Intensity Score” was the lowest among Republicans.