'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. Silence Dogood

    Deceived by a Republican? SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!

    October 24, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Bill

    It's over. Now if we can get her removed from Congress, then America will really be a better place.

    October 24, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Patriot Awesome

    "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."

    That statement also sums up the current Republican party in general.

    October 24, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. BE in TN

    doesn't matter, she is toast

    October 24, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    she's had more people quit on her than anyone..and why not? She's clueless and has no idea how to run a campaign outside of her little safe zone in MN. Maybe those folks will finally come to realization that she's a nutjob and the fact that she gets reelected is a national embarassment. Not likely though. The sheep walk in lockstep to her drivel

    October 24, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. th

    Bachmann's true colors are coming out. Doesn't care about the "little people" not even her own staff.

    October 24, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. FrankD

    Made for each other : a chaotic candidate and her chaotic NH campaign staff.

    October 24, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Richard Ryder

    Rude, unprofessional, dishonest and at times cruel...hmm that apple doesn't fall far from the tree!! Bachmann is the rudest "woman" politician I have seen in years...but she mirrors those in her own party. Who is ruder and more unprofessionall than Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Dana Loesch etc? I think to be a woman in the GOP, that is what you must be! And that laugh...if you listened closely to the debates, off camera cackllng by Michelle "wicked witch of the west" is deplorable...She doesn't say anything about what she would do...only what Obama has not...she is a loser...I was just in Minnesota and they are embarrassed by her and wish she would go away...maybe soon?

    October 24, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Truth Teller

    Anyone surprised?

    October 24, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Johnny 5

    Rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel? Isn't that the formula needed to be a politician?

    October 24, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. jt_flyer

    Dare it! I was going to vote for her. Oh well God must not have wanted it. I'll just have to vote for Obama instead. You can't screw with God.

    October 24, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Lloyd

    With this campaign chaos, can anyone just imagine how she'd do as president?

    October 24, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Sandra

    Okay Dems when her term is up it's time to repeal & replace Michele Bachmann ;

    October 24, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Bill

    Chaos in the Bachmann camp? I wonder where it's coming from.

    October 24, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. sammieb51

    "Staffers Go Off Payroll"??? and still work??? Isn't that slightly illegal? Glad her campaign is almost over - next is the requiem for Perry and then Cain. This GOP lineup is a national embarrassment...

    October 24, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. GBfromOhio

    What a shocker.

    October 24, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. matthew

    "It saddens this team to see a dedicated patriot – a person so desperately needed in the White House ..."

    October 24, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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,"
    -------------------------------------------------
    Hmmm, this is the way that REAL Republicans feel about their Party.
    Used, abused, and kicked to the curb.

    October 24, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Frank

    The state of her campaign simply reflects her mental state.

    October 24, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. elizabeth

    If you can't manage your campaign...you sure as heck cannot manage the country.....good grief!

    October 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. David in Denver

    It's October now – she'll drop out by January (when actual contests occur) and then have plenty of time to gather $$ and run for her seat in the House....unless she gets a better offer from Fox....

    October 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Ed Sutterfield

    Not much of a leader. I cannot believe that anyone could view her as a serious candidate.

    October 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. matthew

    "It saddens this team to see a dedicated patriot – a person so desperately needed in the White House ..."
    I'm not so sure anyone with that opinion has thought it through very much. So I have trouble finding them credible. Who knows what conspiracy the demented mind sees in an unanswered question, a sideways glance or an uneaten doughnut?
    I've heard enough from the Bachman folks to understand they choose their reality, & only then look evidence to support that (twisted) reality.

    October 24, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Stan

    Bachmann's national campaign manager denying anything being wrong with their relationship with NH... OMG, now that's scary. Reminds me of Gadhafi telling his loyalists that everything was okay and that they were in control despite what the west was reporting. Wow!

    October 24, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Guitar

    One question never brought up to the 'campaigners' is, if their jobs back at home, (Governeur, Senatore, Rep, etc) are so important, pressing, and time consuming when they are at those positions, then how are they able to spend so much time away, (over a year) from those jobs while on the campaign trail? Yes, yes, we'll hear, "I am kept constantly abreast of all matters in my state"....blah, blah, blah. It's my contention, that is they're able to run those jobs 'part time' while out away from their respective states campaigning, then they should be paid according: with PART-TIME Compensation from their respective states. Aren't they needed there DAILY for votes, legislation, important matters of state? Guess not!!

    October 24, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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