Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s New Hampshire state director, his only staffer in the state, as well as a Cain campaign regional director have both resigned.
Matt Murphy is the former state director and Jim Zeiler is the former regional director. Both defections raise the question of whether or not the Cain campaign is facing some trouble.
Ellen Carmichael, a spokeswoman for the businessman and former radio host, confirmed to CNN the story that was first reported in the New Hampshire Union Leader. She smacks back any notion that this spells trouble for the campaign.
“We have hired a new New Hampshire director already, who we will announce in the coming days,” Carmichael said.
When asked why Murphy resigned, Carmichael said, “I’m not sure. I mean, it was very amicable, we still correspond with him.” She said that Murphy had another opportunity with another organization.
As for Zeiler, Carmichael said she does not know why he left the campaign.
The Union Leader reported that Murphy cited the Cain campaign’s refusal to mount a serious effort in the critical, first-in-the-nation primary state.
“There is no ill will toward Herman Cain,” Murphy reportedly told the paper. “There was a strategic difference and I left the campaign because of those differences. The differences involved the New Hampshire strategy and how much investment the campaign should put into New Hampshire.”
The Union Leader reports that Murphy wanted the Cain campaign to send in money to hire more people and for office space but that his requests were denied.
As for Zeiler, the paper quotes him as saying he “resigned last week to return to my home in Wisconsin.”
Carmichael takes issue with Murphy’s assertion that the campaign is not mounting a serious enough effort in the Granite state.
“We have been to New Hampshire several times,” Carmichael told CNN. “Mr. Cain participated in the debate in New Hampshire, he has a lot of good relationships with folks on the ground and in the community in New Hampshire and we look forward to spending more time there.”
As for the claim that Murphy’s request for more money was denied, Carmichael said, “That’s not exactly true.”
When pressed to explain she would only add that the campaign intends to add more staff in the state. Carmichael said that not only will Murphy and Zeiler be replaced, but more staff will be added to the campaign.
This comes as fellow Republican candidate Newt Gingrich rebuilds his campaign after some high-profile defections.
Last week, two top fund-raisers quit the Gingrich campaign. And earlier this month, 16 top aides stepped down over disagreements with the former House speaker.