Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Two of Michele Bachmann’s aides are leaving her presidential campaign.
Pollster Ed Goeas will soon leave, and senior adviser Andy Parrish will return to the Minnesota congresswoman’s congressional office in Washington, D.C., a campaign spokeswoman said on Monday.
“With the abbreviated caucus and primary schedule, we’re focusing on Iowa and not doing as much polling,” spokeswoman Alice Stewart said, referring to Goeas. “He’ll be with us at the end of the month working on different projects.”
“[Goeas] has been instrumental in helping us build the team and our message and he is still a great and valuable member of the team,” Stewart added.
As for Parrish, he moved from the congressional office to Iowa help Bachmann full time in the state. But Stewart insisted his current exit is of no surprise.
“Every since the very beginning, the plan was to staff up significantly, do what we could in Iowa and we did. Now we’re shifting resources … to where they’re best used,” Stewart said.
“With the Congress back in session, the needs back at the congressional office are greater so that’s why … Andy’s going back to the congressional office. This was always part of the plan.”
The departures are sure to raise eyebrows. Last month, Bachmann’s campaign manager – Ed Rollins – bolted, citing health reasons. Rollins’ deputy, David Polyansky also left.
Since then, Rollins has been critical of the Bachmann campaign. He recently said in an interview that Bachmann doesn’t have enough political mojo to last beyond Iowa.
CNN asked Stewart if the departures are signs of trouble in the campaign.
“This was the plan all along…to shift people and put them in the right place,” Stewart said.
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