Having dramatically expanded his South Carolina staff, former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich now needs someplace for them to work.

He’ll address that issue on Saturday when he opens his new “First in the South” headquarters.

Gingrich and his wife Callista will join staff and supporters in opening the new headquarters, which is located at 700 Woodruff Road in Greenville, S.C. Saturday’s even kicks off at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Given up for dead several months ago, Gingrich’s campaign has seen its stock rise steadily among Republican primary voters nationwide (and in early-voting South Carolina).

Naturally that drives our founding editor (who can’t stand Gingrich) absolutely insane …

“Son of a …” Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) said.

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Gingrich is currently in third place in the Palmetto State’s presidential primary – supported by 15 percent of likely Republican voters. While he still trails Herman Cain (33 percent) and Mitt Romney (23 percent), that’s easily Gingrich’s best showing since this spring – when he angered Republicans by assailing a middle-of-the-road deficit reduction plan being offered by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan as “radical change” and “right-wing social engineering.”

Gingrich’s 2012 campaign in South Carolina was originally advised by veteran consultant Walter Whetsell and former SCGOP chairman Katon Dawson – although they both bolted his campaign as part of a mass exodus in June and now work for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

How’s that working out for them?

Um … yeah … not so much.