'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. ron

    I believe the article stated it was the national staff causing the uproar. Although I would never want her as the
    POTUS It didn't sound like it was her fault directly that caused her New Hampshire people to resign.

    October 24, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. TC

    She kept sayng Obama a one timer she won't even make it to first base, what a joke she is.

    October 24, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Donald in CA

    Now i understand why Ed Rollins left out of there on the bullet train. These folks are beginning to understand that this women will never be president.

    October 24, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. REG in AZ

    "Chaos" is what it should be as time has totally exposed her empty positions, her effort to gain on only faulting Obama and her loudness as her total effort for attention. She was hoping to become the next "puppet", GWBush style, and literally offers the people nothing but a return to "more of the same", Bush-Cheney style – a catastrophe for the majority.

    October 24, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. TomCA

    Cant even run a campaign and she want to run a country.

    October 24, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Liz:

    He was elected Senator in 2004: I really don't recall him announcing until 2007, so your math is off. More to the point, in the 4 years he was in the Senate, he introduced or sponsored bills with members of the opposing party, a sign he actually believes in bipartisanship. Bachmann, by contrast, has been in Congress for over 5 years and has never sponsored or introduced a single bill: not one. Over 875K in salary, not counting whatever spiffs and priviliges she gets as a member of Congress, so the return on investment has been lousy in terms of her meeting basic requirements for the job. If she were to quit her job to run full time and unimpeded, we would be the better for it, because virtually anyone could her job better thqan she has for the last five years. Obama at least introduced some legislation before he announced.

    October 24, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. maggie

    so much for her "job creation" skills.

    October 24, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. maggie

    Soooo, she's focusing on Iowa. Big whuptidoo. The other 49 won't give her the time of day.

    October 24, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Skitownrefugee

    MB is just who we need in the White House – NOT! Did you ever notice how she says that she'll do this and will do that to fix the Obama mess? She acts like all power of the government will be in her hands and she can just demand it by edict and and it will be done. If we do end up with a Republican in the White House in 15 months it's going to be hell to pay dealing with the democrats who may be left in congress. Payback is a b _ _ _ _.

    October 24, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Alina77

    "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel." – It's sounds nothing like :-)

    October 24, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Alina77

    "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."- It sounds nothing like Bachmann :-)

    October 24, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Uncle Joe

    Bachmann is a flash in the pan. Come spring of next year, when some of the primaries are held, I predict she will drop out of the race

    October 24, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Nellibly

    If she can't manage her campaign, she sure can't run the country. But, that should have been obvious all along.

    October 24, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. 3rd Tyrant

    Chaos in her campaign? Is it a macrocosm of her mind?

    October 24, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. mark patrick

    Doesn't she have a few thousand foster kids? Maybe they can be asked to "go off payroll."

    October 24, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Sarah

    The paradox is that people who support the Republican party think it will give them jobs when in fact it only helps the donors. Bachmann is going to be no more than a figment of our imagination in 100 years.

    October 24, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Lenny Pincus

    The next great moment in her campaign will be her speech ending her run. It will be classic. How the little ol' gal from Iowa rose from curing gays to number 5 in the worst Republican presidential field ever. How she is actually on a crusade and it is the folks around the country who came out and cheered for her nonsense that kept her going. How the crusade will continue and she will hold the eventual winner's feet to the fire to make sure gays are cured everywhere. And although she's gonna go back and be he best representative she can be–which isn't saying much since gays don't seem curable–the fight will continue. Then there will be some nice words about her 24 children and her husband. Then God Bless you all and God Bless America. Mark it.

    October 24, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Mike

    Why is it impossible for any major news networks to state the obvious? Bachmann never had a chance. Neither does Santorum or Gingrich.

    Ron Paul would have a shot as an independent, but not as a Republican, so he's off the list.

    Cain I can understand because the media is having a field day with him, but even he doesn't have a shot at all.

    Not sure why people who have zero possibility to run are even considered, let alone given so much press time by the news networks.

    Real news networks, not corporate profit machines, would report more on what is going on with the economy, what is going on with Europe, what our current congress is up to, what Obama is up to.. but no, instead it's DWTS:Presidential Election version.

    We are so incredibly screwed if our media maintains its enraged addiction to sensational, fair treatment PC garbage.

    October 24, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Mark

    Who wants a dominionest in the White House anyways? Thats a scare thought

    October 24, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Norm

    I could say something, but it just feels like piling on at this point.

    October 24, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. paul

    Maybe she can get a government "grant" to fund those in her camp. Ironic that this anti-gov't candidate has depended on her salary, farm subsidides, and gov't money for her hubbies clinic to make her millions!!!!!

    October 24, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. MaxNatoma

    Her initial reaction was that she wasn't aware that her NH staff had resigned. How clueless is that? And she somehow thinks she is qualified to be POTUS. What a joke!

    October 24, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Liz the First

    Sounds like a description of what a Bachmann presidency would be like. hope this wakes up the few remaining supporters. and McConnell's right, the 2012 election will be a referendum, the choice is being governed for the benefit of the people and being ruled for the benefit of the rulers. and anyone too dumb to know which party is which should just stay home on election day and suck their thumb.

    October 24, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. dH

    Invariably, BAD KARMAS bites you back. You make a sin when you blame someone without grounds
    That is a bad deed, Bad Karma or a sin. Bachman has cursed, blamed President Obama without solid reasoning. He never reacted or went to her level. Such things bounce back. Her own staff has summarized it well. Her false accusing will bite her back again and again and again.

    October 24, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Gabriel Beaven

    Herman Cain lies all the time. I mean I know all politician lie thats evident but this guy seems to be the one that lies the most. Here's what I mean in a recent interview when asked should the fence be electrified. Herman Cain said "Yes an electrified fence" and then chuckled after that. I know its sick right, its gets nasty then asked on the issue of abortion he flipped flopped back in forth in saying yes or no maybe, and in one of the debates I don't know how he managed to do this one he said "Oh I didn't understand the question". On foreign policy Herman Cain is a joke. On issues of welfare reform, and tax code policies Herman Cain is a joke. On the fiscal religious issues of our time he is anti Muslim and I for one think we need to treat Muslims here in America like we want to be treated. I am not talking about the ones that come over here from another country and say they don't like America I am talking about the peaceful ones. I am sick and tired of hearing this Cain Cain get on the Cain train type redirect. I on the other don't think Romney seems to connect with voters very well, because a recent poll today shows people are still looking for that bulldog in the Republican race. Ive said now "No wonder the democrats are laughing at us right now if we do not have a fiscal and responsible candidate for President of the United States. Herman Cain is a socialist with socialist ideas. He's another Barack Obama, one who wants to destroy the American dream with raising taxes in this depression. One last thing. Herman Cain was part of the federal reserve I thought it was hilarious that during the debate he didn't say much to distance himself from Bernanke or Geithner.

    October 24, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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