'Chaos' in Bachmann camp, former NH staff says
October 24th, 2011
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

'Chaos' in Bachmann camp, former NH staff says

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) - The former New Hampshire staff of Rep. Michele Bachmann - all five of whom resigned their posts last week - released a stinging statement Monday, accusing some of the congresswoman's national campaign staff of being "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."

The open letter gives a lengthy and forceful critique of Bachmann's national staff, saying the team was not responsive to communications from New Hampshire, and had requested in September that New Hampshire staffers temporarily "go off payroll" then never clarified their employment status.

The statement also accuses the national team of being dogged by "chaos" and "shifting strategies" and treating the New Hampshire staffers as "second-class citizens."

"Sadly, they were deceived, constantly left out of the loop regarding key decisions, and relegated to second-class citizens within a campaign in which they were the original members," the statement said.

A former member of the staff confirmed the statement, released by the state account of "Team NH for Bachmann 2012," was crafted by the campaign's former New Hampshire staffers.

CNN attempted to contact members of Bachmann's national campaign for comment. There was no response to several emails, and the voice mailbox for Bachmann's press spokeswoman was full and not accepting messages.

The statement comes after media reports Friday that Bachmann's New Hampshire staff had quit - reports that were denied by Bachmann's national campaign manager Keith Nahigian.

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

Nahigian said Bachmann planned to return to New Hampshire to campaign, but acknowledged she would focus most of her energies on Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus.

The statement by the former New Hampshire team said frustrations with the campaign had been building since June, but came to a head after Bachmann visited the state in early October. The letter does not divulge the reasons but calls them "serious" enough to prompt the state campaign manager Jeff Chidester to email his resignation to someone connected with the campaign.

The statement is careful to clarify the New Hampshire team still supports Rep. Bachmann.

"It saddens this team to see a dedicated patriot - a person so desperately needed in the White House - sequestered behind a wall of pretense, guarded by political operatives consumed by their own egos," the statement said.

Bachmann has been plagued by campaign staff upheaval both at her congressional office and on her campaign. Several key advisers left her campaign in early September.

But campaign staff hit back late Monday in a statement given to Politico.

"The unauthorized news release was sent by a person who doesn't even work for the campaign and has never had authority to speak on behalf of the campaign," said Bachmann campaign manager, Keith Nahigian. "We are not responding to comments made by a person who was not even a staff member in New Hampshire. Our focus is on Iowa."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. The_Mick

    Bachmann's apparently still trying to say "they never quit." I guess she figures if people will buy the b.s. she's been shoveling so far, the fools will buy anything.

    October 25, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  2. me

    The Devil's In The Details. :)

    Makes me wish Archie Bunker was around to hammer on the "Dingbat Twins" B and P.

    ... I'm a former republican. This current crop of idiots embarrassed me so bad I went independent.

    October 25, 2011 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  3. American Citizen

    I see two issues at hand, here. First, it almost appears as though the NH camp was not fully supportive of Ms. Bachman in the first place, but likely comprised of mostly 'secret' Democrats. That can be a problem for a Republican candidate that failed to do her investigating homework. Second, it appears that the NH residents, although expressing disappointment in that published letter (if it is valid), likely don't give a rat's ____ what these candidates do because NH holds an unofficial political power to make or break a candidate running for president, even today. We know what assuming can do.

    October 25, 2011 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  4. W.G.

    It really does´nt matter , she stands as much of a chance as PALIN did of winning the nomination .
    But she does represent the republican party as a whole , out of touch , loud mouthed and un-caring .

    October 25, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  5. Ben

    I can't remember one story like this about any of the candidates on the Dem side at the height of the 2008 campaign, and yet, there has been one about each and every GOP candidate in 2011, a year out from the election. I know it can't be a media agenda, so the Dems must just run really great campaigns.

    October 25, 2011 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  6. Brownstain

    Michelle Bachman for president of the moon!

    October 25, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
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