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

    Chaos and Crazy go hand in hand... she must bathe in crazy on a daily basis to be so out of touch with reality. I hope we see her on dancing with the stars or in playboy... The image of her eating the fried butter on a stick is still burned into my mind.

    October 24, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. craig

    Well, if her campaign is in such disarray, I can't wait to see what her administration would look like. Fortunately, I don't have to wait, because even the GOP voters will see through the charade. But...what will the Tea Party gang do? Their hero is floundering. Maybe they'll toss her in Boston Harbor.

    October 24, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. godott

    I'm not sure which is worse, the staffers who were so petty they wrote an open letter or the staffers who created the environment where it could happen. Not exactly Presidential decision making. Sounds like she picked some real winners.

    October 24, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Bachmann Turner Overdrive

    Apparently people who spread hatred and ignorance spread it everywhere.

    Even on their own staff.

    October 24, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. gar

    Chaos in right wing nutjob's campaign. Shocking...

    October 24, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. aggie95

    She herself, Bachman, is chaotic! So, not surprsing that her campaign appears to be in chaos.

    October 24, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Top Ten Reasons Why Bachmann Campaign Is In Trouble:
    10. She forgot to pray away the rest of the field.
    9. She began the victory dance a little too early.
    8. She didn't realize that the Iowa Straw poll is meaningless.
    7. She showed up for debates, but didn't debate.
    6. She went to visit Trump, instead of Palin.
    5. She didn't attend Gov. Perry's revival.
    4. She wasn't Abel to attack Cain.
    3. She promised us $2 gasoline. (How? through federal subsidies?)
    2. She declared nothing would happen if we crashed through the debt ceiling.
    1. She made the cover of Time magazine.

    October 24, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Dave

    Who cares? Bachmann is irrelevant. Period.

    October 24, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "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."

    Sounds like he has as good a grasp on facts as Bachmann does. What a team.

    October 24, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Tom

    Can't manage a campaign but thinks she can manage a country .... please.

    October 24, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Terry

    Time for her to go hang out with Palin in the Has Been Corner. They were both delusional to think they have the qualifications to be POTUS

    October 24, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. pel10

    the women is obviously a fruit cake.

    October 24, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. truthlogic

    I couldn't understand all of the ignorant,venomous,nasty,and uninformed comments....Then I saw it was a CNN blog.Now it makes sense!

    October 24, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. ChrisG

    God has spoken. He said that voice in your head was not him. It was that OTHER personality living in your brain. Bye Bye. lololololol

    October 24, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. DIANA

    But, but, but, she won the Iowa straw poll? Doesn't that count for something? AND God told her to run. Michele don't give up – you're the chosen one!

    Her platform was so good – build a double wall across the country and blame everything on Obama. Who could lose with that? I don't get it.

    October 24, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. DumDeDumDem

    As long as she says that birth begins at the time of penetration, she'll have a voting public to support her.

    October 24, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. jk from MN

    Can you say Trainwreck? I just wish as a resident from Minnesota that since she's repeatedly said how much she loves Iowa, she would move there and take up residency.

    October 24, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Naztaja

    For a fiscal conservative she sure is wasting a lot of money on a failed campaign that should have been ended a month ago. Hypocrites be that way!

    October 24, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. mdubbs

    I can't wait until this lunatic is out of the picture...

    October 24, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Webster

    She's better off without them anyway. They were a bunch of idiots–after all, look at how highly they think of her!

    October 24, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Hermione

    Imagine the in-fighting if she actually became President.


    October 24, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    Aside from the serious enough to quit bickering inside the campaign, we need to take a serious look at where we're going that a woman like Michelle Bachmann could even think that she is qualified to be our President. This doesn't bode well for us, or is that US.

    October 24, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Jim in San Mateo

    This is not surprising, but does call into question the decision making of her NH staff who actually consented to work for her.

    October 24, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Erik

    Don't let the door hit ya', Bachmann. Good riddance.

    October 24, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    truthlogic – take a look at the venemous, nasty, uninformed comments made by Michele Bachmann since President Obama was sworn in, and then I'd love to have a discussion with you. For God's sake, the woman held an anti-goverment rally on the Capitol steps, and now she wants to be our President? Kind of like Rick Perry wanting to secede. I'm not buying what these idiots are selling. This is not only nasty, it's insanity.

    October 24, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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