Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is facing unexpected opposition as he gets his presidential campaign off the ground.
Conservative Republicans blasted Gingrich, saying he offended them when he criticized the budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Ryan's plan would change the way Medicare and other entitlement programs operate.
"I don't think right wing social engineering is any more desirable than left wing social engineering," Gingrich said this week on NBC's Meet The Press. "I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for free society to operate."
Gingrich has since apologized to Ryan, but the remarks fed into already strong conservative concerns that Gingrich is disloyal.
Also, Tuesday night a man described as a gay rights activist dumped a box of glitter on the candidate and his wife at a book signing event.
"Feel the rainbow, Newt. Stop the hate. Stop anti-gay politics. It's dividing our country and it's not fixing our economy," the protestor said.
There are also reports the Gingrich owes the high-end jeweler Tiffany's more than $500,000.