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Mass Exodus From Georgia Republican Senate Campaign

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"We had a preliminary meeting yesterday morning and I don't think we agreed as a team to resign. I think we all made our own decisions," Allen told TPM in a separate interview on Tuesday. "We all believed the campaign needed to go one direction and I think we all just came to the same realization this is not serving Phil well, it's not serving us well."

In an interview with Roll Call Lake said he and Gingrey disagreed about aspects of the campaign. 

"We just had some disagreements on overall campaign vision and structure, and everything kind of falls under that umbrella," Lake said. "When that happens, you try to work it out, and when you can’t work it out, you sit down and have difficult discussions on how to move forward."

The departures come a week after Gingrey's campaign released an ad in which Gingrey promises to either help repeal Obamacare during his first year in office or go home.

Gingrey's office released a statement thanking the departing campaign staff for their work.

"I’m deeply grateful and appreciative of their efforts on behalf of my campaign, without which we could not have gotten this far," Gingrey said in a statement. "They helped us get up and running and saw us through its first phase, up to my 'Repeal or Go Home' pledge. And now as my campaign enters its next phase, I remain committed to my pledge to repeal Obamacare or return home and am energized by the support and encouragement I continue to receive."

In September Gingrey complained that while his staff could leave government and make $500,000 as lobbyists he is stuck in Congress making just $172,000 a year. And in January, Gingrey defended former Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) "legitimate rape" comment as "partly right."

This post was updated.