'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. Paul

    Her campaign is already over anyway. Now her gay husband can go back to convincing gays they aren't gay by acting gay.

    October 24, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Are we really surprised? This woman needs to lose her seat to congress next election so that the people in her district are not considered demented, just like her!

    October 24, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. AgrippaMT

    How sweet this is to hear. Michelle Bachmann is a scatter brained right wing extremist. Everything people like her do is always chaotic. Good riddance.

    October 24, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Buh bye looney

    October 24, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Wolfie

    I live in Bachmann's 6th district and am embarrassed at what we have sent to the national stage. What most people don't know is that in the last election she actually got trounced in her home town of Stillwater where voters know what a fake and flake she is. She gets her support from the western part of her district where voters leave church once every two years, to cast their vote for Michelle.

    October 24, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Chris

    I think Huntsman has the best strategy – lay low and let these buffoons self-destruct.

    October 24, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. tor5

    It’s hard to know who to blame: A clearly insane candidate who knows almost nothing about American history or current events, or a bunch of College Republican drop-outs who thought that going to work for such a candidate would be a good career move.

    October 24, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Andy Moen

    "sequestered behind a wall of pretense, guarded by political operatives consumed by their own ego," Why does this sound familiar to George W. He seemed to have the same issue.

    October 24, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. M.K.

    Is there any wonder why? Nobody could put up with this pitiful woman very long. maybe she can cozy up to her double, Ann Coulter and they could make it. What a poor excuse for a woman.

    October 24, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Sussay

    Does this really surprise anyone? If her national staffers are delusional, what does that say about the Mother Ship?

    October 24, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. M.K.

    How would like for this idiot to be in charge if a shooting war broke out? She is one dumb bunny.

    October 24, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Healin' The Gays

    She's just got too much MILF goin' on.

    October 24, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. logic in LA

    I'm sure Michelle still took her government paycheck, took the government religious deduction for her Clinic and the family still got it's farm subsidy. What a hypocrite!

    October 24, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Eric

    Too bad this whack job and her staff can't keep it together long enough to get herself choosen as the representative for the GOP for POTUS! That would be ideal. – the GOP chooses an even bigger idiot then Bush 2! The fact that this pathetic woman has no problem buying into the male manufactured version of "God" and "faith" that deems women subservient to men should preclude her or anyone else from the highest office in the land. It's time we quit allowing power mongers to manipulate using BS religion to gain and hold power. But whoever the GOP chooses – thanks to their pandering to the extremist right wing (without whom they wouldn't win anything) they all look and sound incredibly lame and only the sheep who do as they're told by those who wield a heavy fist full of bible baloney or those who are so concerned about their money and screw everyone else (or a few other choice options, none fo which represent the best of us) no matter who the GOP chooses – they all seem too pathetic to take seriously. Do not forget it was the GOP in power that got us into the financial mess we're in and they still back those who screwed us. I think politics in America suck but until we come up with a viable alternative to the miserable state of affairs we have now – I'll choose the inept Dems over the purely evil GOP. To those fo the GOP not waist deep in extremist right wing doo doo – fix your party or start a new one. The GOP of today is an instrument of poisonous greed and destructive misinformation. It's time to squash it in favor of something more favorable to the welfare of this country and its people.

    October 24, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Namejkane

    What an odor just like the rest of the teapublican freak show,no chance in 2012 go Obama

    October 24, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Geoz

    god works in mysterious ways, but it can't be any stranger than MB.

    October 24, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. gg

    does obamma care threaten her families health care clinic income

    October 24, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Sometimes Logic

    Tomorrow: Bachman's response will blame Obama and/or the DNC for interfering in free elections!

    October 24, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. hwy911

    "She's just got too much MILF goin' on."

    Uh... I don't think so... Not unless you like the idea of doing it with the devil.

    October 24, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Saboth

    I'm all set to elect the first female president. As soon as a viable candidate comes along.

    October 24, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Jake

    sounds like she needed a gay up in there to organize and keep things running smoothly! oh wait! she discriminates...never mind!

    October 24, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Big George in Big D

    @namejkane – you Obamabots never cease to amaze me! He has done NOTHING for this country yet people are still up his >>>>

    October 24, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. taildragon

    "a person so desperately needed in the Nut House..."

    October 24, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. taildragon

    "a person so desperately needed in the N-ut House..."

    October 24, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Nothing new here

    This does not surprise me one bit. This woman has done nothing but spew venom, towards other Republicans, and anyone that does not agree with her 200%. I don't care what kind of conservative she claims to be – I will never, in a million years, vote for this lady. I would rather vote for Obama, and believe me, I am certainly not happy with all his spending. But at least the man keeps a more civil tongue.

    October 24, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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