Via The Fix, two prominent Iowa supporters of Newt Gingrich held a phone conference late this afternoon with the press in which they pushed back against the attacks on Newt:

Iowa supporter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich assailed Mitt Romney’s negative attacks, even as the former Massachusetts governor pulled back. “We understand a load of crap when we see it, and that doesn’t win caucuses or elections in Iowa,” said Linda Upmeyer, Gingrich’s Iowa chairwoman. “They must be close to panicking,” added former Rep. Greg Ganske. Earlier, Romney said he didn’t ask his campaign surrogates to criticize Gingrich.

Would that make Romney’s attack plan “don’t ask, don’t tell”?