'Chaos' in Bachmann camp, former NH staff says
October 24th, 2011
12:29 PM ET
3 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. highnoon

    @released a stinging statement Monday, accusing some of the congresswoman's national campaign staff of being "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."

    duh, so she is complaining about republicans being republican, that seems to be about how the average republican normally behave anyway: "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."

    October 24, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Blue19

    Bachmann is too extreme in her views to go far on the national stage. She panders to the hard right and then somehow equates that to widespread support. She's gone on record as saying she would build a two-fence system at the border; isn't her messiah, Reagan, famous for telling the communists to "tear down this wall"?

    October 24, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican I'd be rich!

    Perfect example of someone you don't want in the White House. Bachman can't even put together a functioning national campaign team so how does she plan to run the country?

    October 24, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. david

    I wanna be President...but she can't even run a campaign in one of our smallest states...what is sad is that many Americans couldn't see this from Day 1

    October 24, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Pat in IL

    Look at who is the leader of this mess....the responsibility for her staff and campaign rests entirely with Michelle. My guess is that the rudeness, etc. is a direct result of following the leader.

    October 24, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Floyd

    Ah, now i see how Bachmann plans to get people employed and keep government spending down... ask everyone to go off payroll and work for free.

    October 24, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Zelda

    Why anyone would waste their time (esp unpaid) working thier butts off for these hackneyed, no-talent ingrates is beyond me. You are only helping them get their next book deal/talk show appearances/etc...They have no intentions of helping you or your country.

    October 24, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. AntiFringe

    .....and they still support her. Now that says a lot. GOP depends on people like that.

    October 24, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. len

    It only shows that she has little or no controll over her canidacy and little or no leadership skills.She is what she is a backbencher and nothing else.

    October 24, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. What!!?!

    Hey Dazed and Confused..............yes, you are.

    October 24, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Loathstheright

    If you work for republicans then prepare to get screwed, they have no ethics what so ever.

    October 24, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Martin

    All the people who are on here saying that Bachmann has no idea on how to run a campaign would be correct.

    This is true of nearly every politician, Democrat or Republican. This is why they hire campaign managers.

    October 24, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. MorePalin

    Disposable people...........just use and then throw away.

    October 24, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Aaron

    "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."...sounds like Bachmann trained her staff in her own image...just forgot the crazy as a loon part.

    October 24, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. jrcarroll

    The chaos in Bachmann's campaign organization reflects the chaos between her ears.......

    October 24, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. David

    I'll bet her staff isn't throwing sharp elbows at the press anymore!

    October 24, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. thomas

    I'll stick with you baby til the money runs out !

    Perry pays CASH !

    October 24, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Rick

    They probably should have been fired for having bad judgment, as evidenced by their wanting to work for her.

    October 24, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Hairball

    Hang in there Michelle! We need you! LOL

    October 24, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. brown

    A Bachmann White House would be another nail in America's coffin!

    October 24, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Martin

    Responsiblity for her campaign rests with her campaign manager, not with Michelle.

    Responsibility for her campaign manager rests with her.

    October 24, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. independent

    One down, six to go.

    October 24, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. MichealMay

    Where did all the Tea Party people go? Is it just me or are they completly absent from this comment section.

    October 24, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Texas Annie

    Wake up NH staffers– if the woman can't even handle her own campaign staff, how do you think she could possibly run this country? She is just your token GOP female candidate thrown out there to make the party look progressive–nothing else. No substance, no ideas, no solutions, no brains, & no class.
    The GOP today has taken a dramatic turn for the worse compared with the GOP 30-40 years ago when the party actually cared about this country & its citizens. Today it is run by a bunch of hateful vindictive greedy people out to only further their own personal agendas. Sad to say, but true.

    October 24, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Noodle Nose Johnson

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

    Sounds like Bachmann.

    October 24, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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