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."