'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. frankjames

    can she see Russia from Minnesota?

    October 24, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. John

    zionist lover of Israel she needs to move over there and foster 30 or 40 kids, with all the love she has for her isunreal ziofreinds. War monger Michelle you need to pick up a gun and go to war for a minute and see if you still feel the same. discusting to see a candidate for president be such a slave to a foreign power.

    October 24, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Ron

    She's being paid on the public's dime to be in DC working. She hasn't done her job at all. She is just another thief bellied up to the public trough.

    October 24, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Nevander

    Quite telling but who is really surprised to hear this. Her campaign is completely floundering so now the back-biting and finger pointing ensues.

    October 24, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Robert

    Seems unprofessional that her former staffers would would be this critical in public. Romney seems best organized and I like his combination of private and public sector executive-level expereince. I voted for Obama who I like but who hasn't focussed enough on the national debt growing out of control. Too many excuses – results are all that count.

    October 24, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Betty of Virginia

    Will someone please make this woman go away!! I use to be a republican, now I am an independent. My old party has changed for the worse. If you think those obstructionist bone heads are concerned about the working class, middle class you have been blinded by somethng. Look as what they have been doing since Obama got in the White House. In the history of party bickering I have never seen so much crap in all my life!! Tried to shut the country down, obstructing the jobs bill. WHAT ARE YOU DOING BESIDES CRYING ABOUT WHAT OBAMA IS NOT DOING! It seems to me you are doing NOTHING as well. Mark my words, you will hear from us in 2012. Keep doing this crap and you will be surprised in Nov 2012!

    October 24, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. brian in denver

    One nut-job down, umpteen more to go. What an absolute collection of clowns! Narry a one of 'em has a snowball's chance in hell of winning in 2012.

    October 24, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. An Independent

    I'd much rather see her campaign collapse due to this chaos than see the whole country collapse due to the chaos we'd have if she somehow managed to end up as president.

    If we're lucky the same thing will happen to most of the other GOP candidates with crazy ideas and we can be left with one of the two candidates that might not be a total disaster as president (Romney and Huntsman).

    October 24, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. charles

    Jefferson was a patriot, Abigail Adams was a patriot. John Adams, Franklin, Andrew Jackson, Roosevelt 1 and 2, Eisenhower, JFK, hell Nixon were patriots.

    Michelle Bachman is a lunatic.

    October 24, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. zip

    People of Minnesota!! America thinks you are a gigantic trailer by sending this brain dead freak to Washington. Get some respect back. Dump this poor excuse for a human!!

    October 24, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. boyamidumb

    And she wants to run the country.

    Only one of the clowns running for the office. They are all as bad, some of them just manage not to sound stupid ALL of the time.

    Go back home Bachman, and rip us off from there.

    You're a loser.

    October 24, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. St Genesius

    "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."

    That pretty much says it all. Real life, grown-up presidential campaigns with serious candidates don't have press spokespeople with full mail boxes.

    Bachmann is and has always been a mildly amusing joke, nothing more. She is at best often dramatically mistaken, and and worst a pathological liar, possibly delusional.

    Her policy positions are moronic; her views are based on magic and fairy tales; and her base is the crackpot right.

    She is the prefect Tea Party Candidate, but even they seem to have dropped her in favor of a former lobbyist who has never held public office and has strong ties to the tobacco industry.

    Say good night, Michele.

    October 24, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    I don't understand why they can't just pray the stupid away.

    October 24, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Joe M.

    This is just an advance view of what she would do if the people of this country were so foolish as to let her enter the Whitehouse – pure chaos, pure infantile drama and unending finger pointing to avoid responsibility – a lot like Sarah Palin.

    October 24, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Tex71

    Stay off payroll while continuing to work...usually this is called "slave labor". Now it is called the Republican Jobs Plan for a Balanced Budget.

    October 24, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. dabble

    Bachman, like Palin, is a brain of chaos and confusion about anything approaching reality.
    I'm all in favor of the (old) women's lib movement....but only for people with at least more than 2 neurons firing. (Of course, that goes for the male members of the GOP too – still waiting to find one of them with more than a handful of firing neurons.)

    October 24, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. truth2power

    I'm shocked I tell you... SHOCKED!
    Chaos in the BACHMAN camp?
    How could THAT be???

    October 24, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Larry L

    We saw her staff pushing reporters out of the way and supressing the press. This is a good outcome...

    October 24, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Shardik

    Is it just me or does she look like a "bobble-head" doll?

    October 24, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. Gemini Girl

    Michelle, can u say K A R M A?

    October 24, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Patricksday

    Poor dear, Rush Limbaugh would never endorse her, what chance to she have? She has lunged for the juggular of her running mates, who would even want her as a Vice President running mate? But Evil works in mysterious ways.

    October 24, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. William

    She is just unbelievable as are the other clowns running on the GOP ticket. Thanks GOP for hijacking the Grand Old Party by fringe lunatics.

    October 24, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. Mike in Montana

    Well.., this was the icing on the cake for Michele Bachmann with me. I knew that Michele Bachmann would 'never' be the President of the United States or even Vice-President. Now with, her own team bailing out, as fast as they can, the ball game is over for Michele Bachmann. Ex-Governor Sarah Palin knew it, concerning her bid for the presidency, especially when Senator John McCain and his team said.., if we 'win', we have to make sure that Governor Sarah Palin never makes it to be Vice-President. The hand writing is on the wall and Michele Bachmann, should take a lesson from Sarah Palin and drop out, because things are only going to get worse, before it gets better and by that time, the ball game is over. Maybe.., five years from now, you never know. Mike in Montana

    October 24, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  24. usa2011

    There is something about her that just seem arrogant

    October 24, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  25. sky

    as a INDEPENDENT voter, we are the people who see the truth, that the Republicans are not willing to bargin or raise taxes on Million Airs and Billion Airs to get the economy working. Getting 98% of what they wanted, and have not created any JOBS! yet, But what the Republicans-Tea Party have caused S&P to down grade our country credit for the frist time in our nations history. Independents who are self-reliance not committed to a political party will take the stand again, Since the 1st day in office the Republicans main goal was to get Obama out of office instead of giving a hand with the wrost economy our country has ever seen. The Party of no, did 1 thing right to show the American people their willing to strip us of everything we have worked for. INDEPENDENT 4 Life

    October 25, 2011 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
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