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Jun152011

Newt Shirtless? 'Remarkable Resemblance,' Gingrich Aide Says

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The campaign of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is denying the authenticity of a photo posted on a celebrity gossip website that allegedly shows the former House Speaker with no shirt, wearing red swim trunks during his recent Greek vacation.

The photo was posted early Wednesday morning on TMZ.com.

"Just asked Newt," Gingrich's spokesman Joe DeSantis tweeted on Wednesday. "The picture on TMZ is not him...remarkable resemblance though."

Gingrich and his wife, Callista, recently took a cruise through the Greek islands, a trip that was said to be the last straw for a slew of close aides who left his presidential campaign shortly after Gingrich returned from his Mediterranean jaunt.

The TMZ photo shows a bare-chested, white-haired man relaxing on a rock and wearing sunglasses. "The photo was taken on June 2 -- as Newt chilled out on Paradise Beach on the island of Mykonos," reads the caption on the gossip site.

The Republican presidential contender suffered a mass defection among members of his senior leadership team because, as several sources told ABC News, they believed Gingrich was failing to campaign aggressively enough.

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