Bachmann nabs top Huckabee aide in Iowa
April 4th, 2011
08:46 AM ET
4 years ago

Bachmann nabs top Huckabee aide in Iowa

Washington (CNN) - One of the strategists who engineered Mike Huckabee's victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses is going to work for another Republican, one more indicator that the former Arkansas governor isn't eying a repeat presidential bid in 2012.

Huckabee's Iowa political director in 2008, Wes Enos, has signed on as a consultant with Michele Bachmann's political action committee as the Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party hero mulls a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. An adviser to Bachmann confirmed the hire.

Bachmann plans to open a presidential exploratory committee in the coming months and is assembling campaign teams in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Enos becomes the second former Huckabee adviser to switch teams: Eric Woolson, who helmed Huckabee's Iowa operation in 2008, plans to advise former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's likely presidential bid.

Despite doing next-to-nothing to build a 2012 campaign operation, Huckabee still maintains a loyal network of grassroots supporters in those pivotal early states. Over the weekend, he won a presidential straw poll in a key South Carolina county. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished second, followed by Bachmann.


Filed under: Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Go Michelle! You are the best of the lying GOP candidates. I like your tunnel vision, lack of understanding, and limited knowledge of government and America. But you are better than every Fox employee, Mittens, and Little Timmy Pawthetic.

    April 4, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. willie floyd

    She can hire anyone she wants but it won't help. She has a small following that will vote for her no matter how many stupid things she says. Those are the same people will give her money. As an old saying goes"all the coffee in Brazil or all the tea in China" won't help her-not to mention the Koch bros. if they're with her. I have and still do categorize her as a home grown terrorist.

    April 4, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Will Karlson

    Eric Wilson got the memo mixed up and signed up with the incorrect Minnesotan. Go for it Michele! Let's get started and save other potentials a whole lot of money in even trying to start (including the Newtster.)

    April 4, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. LA, LA, LA

    Run Michelle Run. See Michelle blow up!

    April 4, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Clwyd

    Bachmann and the new strategist both probably belong in the nearest psych. ward!

    April 4, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Jezmundberserker

    I like the idea of strong women in politics. But a little bit of sanity would be nice too: Bachmann, Palin, O'Donnell, Angle, Brewer et. al. are a bit too extreme for me; and a little "coo-coo" in the head too.

    April 4, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. GonzoinHouston

    Go, Bachman! Run, Michelle, run! You can win that republican nomination for president and I support you 100%!

    Because Obama will make mincemeat of you in the general election.

    April 4, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Debbie from Arizona

    Michele Bachmann is the new Sarah Palin. Her appeal to the socially conservative, right wing Tea Party folks, will not cross over to mainstream America. Her lack of intelligence, lack knowledge of our country's history, and stands on social issues make her the darling of these Tea Party folks, but I don't believe her odd views are shared by the majority.

    April 4, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Jason the Pendleton Rat

    This is really good news. Clearly a congressperson whose main accomplishment is the act named herself, "The Dim Bulb Act", needs to have someone on her team who can teach her about stepping in dog poo. Way to go Michelle.

    April 4, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Shae_NC

    Whoa... I"m starting to think this chick is serious.

    Anyone who donates to her campaign is as loony as she is.

    April 4, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    It is just the Kock brothers pay better than the "christian" Michael (Elmer Gantry) Huckster.

    April 4, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. FM

    Very wise of Huckabee. Why burn all dollars for nothing while knowing the chances of making it is very slim! He had already tried it in 2008 and he is now laughing quietly at Bachmann who has never been there and taste the heat!

    April 4, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Billy

    Please please run, Bachmann! You'll guarantee a second term for Obama.

    Can I get a Bachmann bumper sticker, Run Michelle, Run! (although I would put it on the front bumper)

    April 4, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Seattle Sue

    Huckabee probably won't be running for President,as he has been caught in one of too many lies. With that on his record, he is more suited to work at Fox, and Fox pays more money. I believe people are getting wise to Bachmann also.

    April 4, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Bob

    Bachmann or Palin or Trump or Newt. I'll take any one of them to face Obama in 2012...and watch them lose horribly, painfully, terribly. Please, GOP, nominate any one of them to guarantee an Obama victory in 2012!!!

    April 4, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. rusty155

    Michele Bachmann you two bad thing going for you )1) YOU are UNQUALIFIED to run for President , may be In another 4 Years when you learn more but not now you won't win.(2) you are back by the TEA PARTY and the KOCH's BROTHER and you people want too take to must at one time , we didn't get the deficit this High In 2 or3 years so you can't expect to get all back that quick. And I don't like these Billionaire trying to get control of the Government. It only fair the Rich help us cuts the deficit , not only the middle class , the poor, and the OLD like you Republican are trying to do now.

    April 4, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    This means that Huckabee will be hosting the campaigns of GOP candidates on his show. That's what this really means. His show will turn into a political commercial through and through.

    April 4, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. BeStill

    revelations in 2012 –

    President Obama will be re-elected, keep an eye on the Middle East crisis, and the announcement of the wakening up of Prime minister Ariel Sharon.

    April 4, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Kathy

    All the GOP alleged candidates are nothing but hot air! I have yet to see one with any real answers to the issues facing the US today. They are all running on social issues.

    April 4, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. DAW, NC

    This potential candidate proves that you do not have to have any insight, knowledge, judgement or empathy to be a GOP candidate, what would happen if she ever did get elected??? scary thought

    April 4, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. kelsey's grammar

    Bad career move, dude.

    April 4, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. smtwnguy

    This guy made a eazy decision-its eazy money-she hasn`t a chance in hell of getting the nomination,or winning a national election and noone will blame her hired hands for a poorly run campaign.The work will be doing damage control after all the dumbass statements she makes!!! On second thought maybe he does have his work cut out for him and probably better raise his rate !

    April 4, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Former Republican, but never again!

    Seriously, Bachmann is a MORON! Just the idea that she is considered a GOP potential candidate shows how truly sad the Republicans are.

    April 4, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Nobody Special

    She's delusional to think that she has a shot at runnuing for prez.

    April 4, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Larry L

    I keep having the feeling a Republican candidate will emerge with appeal to the rational, pragmatic faction of the GOP. So far the parade of clowns looks like a collection of "freeway screamers" – you know, those people you see with the wild look in their eyes, waving a home made sign and yelling about doom and gloom at cars. The GOP only seems able to produce the hateful, morally corrupt, or the ultra-conservative – almost anarchist types. Where's Barry Goldwater when you need him?

    April 4, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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