December 14, 2011
Gingrich’s Iowa political director resigns over ‘cult of Mormon’ comment
Newt Gingrich hired his Iowa political director after the man, Craig Bergman, said this in a focus group for The Iowa Republican:
That was just last week. But then Bergman’s “cult of Mormon” comment went viral, and now Gingrich has asked him to resign.
It’s not entirely surprising that Bergman, who identifies as a dispensationalist Christian, would consider Mormonism a cult. Christianity has had a strain of antagonism toward Mormons since Joseph Smith founded the church 181 years ago. And as I mentioned in October, after a megachurch pastor supporting Rick Perry said Mormonism was a cult, “During the last election cycle, Romney’s Mormon faith was a big sticking point for a lot of Republican believers and evangelicals said he was not ‘guided by God.’”
But what is surprising, as Joanna Brooks notes, is that Gingrich wouldn’t look for a man with a little more political touch to head such an important part of his presidential campaign: