New Hampshire shake up for Bachmann staff
October 22nd, 2011
03:35 PM ET
2 years ago

New Hampshire shake up for Bachmann staff

Stamford, Connecticut (CNN) - The New Hampshire campaign manager for Rep. Michele Bachmann has resigned, he told CNN Saturday.

Jeff Chidester headed up Bachmann's efforts in the first-in-the-nation primary state and accompanied the candidate to campaign events on her most recent visit in early October.

Another paid member of Bachmann's campaign in the state, Caroline Gilger, has also resigned. Gilger will join Gov. Rick Perry's staff as a field representative Oct. 24, the Perry campaign confirmed Friday.

The two confirmed resignations stand in contrast to a statement put out by Bachmann's national campaign Friday.

"We have a great team in New Hampshire and we have not been notified that anyone is leaving the campaign," said Bachmann campaign manager Keith Nahigian.

The statement added Bachmann would continue to campaign in New Hampshire but acknowledged her "main focus" would be on Iowa.

The jump comes as local television station WMUR reports that all five paid members of Rep. Michele Bachmann's state team have resigned their posts.

An additional source among the five departing staffers told CNN Friday: "I won't deny the story."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Just Saying

    I love it when rats abandon one sinking ship only to crawl onto another one. Just Saying...

    October 21, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Bill

    The utterly nonsensical campaign of the reprobate from the MN. 6th is in its final days. Bye Bye Michelle.

    October 21, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Jarrod

    Bye bye Bachmann

    October 21, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Unh! Why do I hear that little trumpet fanfare from "The Price Is Right" when you lose out on winning the big prize?

    October 21, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. cigarman

    That just goes to show you, that there are at least five smart Republicans.

    October 21, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Jessica

    Just for the money

    Well, see? it's all about staffers making as much money for themselves as possible, They ALL know that Perry has lots of money, and they know well that he cannot win the nomination. Everyone want's to be on Romney's or Perry's team now...just for the money and nothing else. They know they can't change the minds of voters.

    Bachmann, Huntsman, santorum, Gingrich and Paul will see that their staffers are stretching their necks towards the fence since the grass is much greener. The staffers are not in it to win it, they are in it for the money. Who blames them anyway?

    October 21, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. TRAILBOSS

    I don't understand how this lady is going to run a country when she don't even know the histrory of the job.She is making money,Cain is just making money and theother lady and less not forget about Newt. These people have no chance if being president just say what they want to hear.

    October 21, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Reggie from LA

    We've seen a few of these things happen in this ongoing political season, but anyone who would leave paid positions in this day and age must be going thru some serious stress. I wonder who has the capacity to make a whole staff want to bail out. Needless to say, Bachmann's not a frontrunner, but for the money, I wouldn't give a rat. I suspect she's putting the screws to THEM because SHE's NOT a frontrunner. She can't possibly be a pleasure to work for.

    October 21, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    I am STILL convinced Perry will be the nominee and not Romney and that is why they LEFT to go join a winning team.

    Only a few months more and we will not have to look at her ugly face anymore.

    October 21, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Sandy

    Leave one sinking ship for another?

    October 21, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    There you go - she'll be saying the folks in New Hampshire abd her ex-staff are UNAMERICAN! Investigate them.

    What a twit. No One wants to work for her.

    October 21, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Our troops are coming home from Iraq. Sell your Haliburton Stock ASAP. There goes Cheney's extra retirement $$.

    October 21, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. andrew

    Bye bye byeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lunatic.

    October 21, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Your campaign is how I like my steak.......DONE!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    E. WARREN 2012

    October 21, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Paul

    Money, Money, Money is funny...

    That so true Jessica. Bachmann's staffers have made enough money off her campaign. They now realize the coffers are getting empty and it's time to grab the advantage of maximizing their intake of personal funds.

    What better team to join now? either Perry's or Romney's. Why not join Huntman's, Paul's, Santorum's or Gingrich's? the reason is obvious.

    Go staffers go...go where the grass is greener.. money, money, money is really funny in a rich man's world.

    October 21, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Me

    Hoo and ray! As a Minnesotan, so happy to see her campaign crumbling. I can only hope she won't be able to run for re-election in her district. Most Minnesotans find district 6 to be full of loonies.

    October 21, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have always felt that women had a more difficult time running for office, because of different expectations and being held to different standards. But I really think Michele has gotten a pass from the media.

    October 21, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Michelle B

    Gay conversion Clinic

    Bachmann's campaign is literally over. Now she has a reason to return to her 'conversion clinic which she has made her fortune. The main reason for getting in the limelight was to promote her clinic. Let's see how many gay converts she'll have after such brilliance in promoting her gay conversion clinic!

    October 21, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    It's been fun watching Michele Bachman self destruct. Unfortunately for most of us in Minnesota, we don't have the luxury of bidding her a fond farewell. She is still heavily favored within that tight little 6th District of hers, even after she has all but ignored each and every one of those who continue to vote for her.

    October 21, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Michelle B

    Gay conversion Clinic

    Bachmann's campaign is literally over. Now she has a reason to return to her gay conversion clinic at which she has made her fortune. The main reason for getting in the limelight was to promote her clinic. Let's see how many new gay converts she'll have after such brilliance in advertising her gay conversion clinic!

    October 21, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    All this jumping from one circus trailer ot the next – sounds like GOP trailer park drama.

    October 21, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. billy

    What a joke.

    October 21, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Independent Voters

    Bye Bye Bach Man now you can pack your bag in 2012 when you get kick out of congress

    October 21, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Jake

    Weird, but true

    I agree. Bachmann's so-called presidential nomination run was simply a stunt to get herself in the limelight and promote her clinical blitz of converting gays to straight.

    Weird, but true

    October 21, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Jake

    Weird, but true

    I agree. Lady Bach's so-called presidential nomination run was simply a stunt to get herself in the limelight and promote her clinical blitz of converting gays to straight.

    Weird, but true. Good luck Lady Bach.

    October 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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