Bachmann nabs top Huckabee aide in Iowa
April 4th, 2011
08:46 AM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann nabs top Huckabee aide in Iowa

Washington (CNN) - One of the strategists who engineered Mike Huckabee's victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses is going to work for another Republican, one more indicator that the former Arkansas governor isn't eying a repeat presidential bid in 2012.

Huckabee's Iowa political director in 2008, Wes Enos, has signed on as a consultant with Michele Bachmann's political action committee as the Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party hero mulls a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. An adviser to Bachmann confirmed the hire.

Bachmann plans to open a presidential exploratory committee in the coming months and is assembling campaign teams in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Enos becomes the second former Huckabee adviser to switch teams: Eric Woolson, who helmed Huckabee's Iowa operation in 2008, plans to advise former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's likely presidential bid.

Despite doing next-to-nothing to build a 2012 campaign operation, Huckabee still maintains a loyal network of grassroots supporters in those pivotal early states. Over the weekend, he won a presidential straw poll in a key South Carolina county. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished second, followed by Bachmann.

Filed under: Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Pat in IL

    Who is this woman??? All I see about her is hate speaches, and other than that, I have no idea what her 'credentials' are....she just came out of nowhere, giving us not idea how she would govern.

    April 4, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. John PA

    The GOP has imploded! I can't imagine any sane person supporting this wingnut. Sometimes I feel like our country has taken a giant "we're stupid" pill!

    April 4, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Marjee123

    I hope she runs then maybe she will have to quit the House. No body from MN but those from his district approve of her. She ignores them, she doesn't do anything for them, she runs around the country pell mell seeking publicity and they still vote for her. Guess all the nuts live in the sixth district of MN>

    April 4, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Dave

    Anybody who backs up Bachmann has to be viewed as unwise, considering she's an obvious lunatic.

    April 4, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. runner305

    Wowee! Big Deal! Who cares? This clown of a candidate isn't going to win squat, no matter WHO she has working for her.

    April 4, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. John - NJ

    I certainly would like Bachmann to run for President. She is an insightful lunatic who will bring out the best in the woodwork.

    April 4, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Ken

    I wonder how long it will take this guy to realize he has hooked his wagon to a shooting star that has no means of steering and is being driven by a cast member from the Looney Tunes?

    April 4, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. John - NJ

    How about a Gingrich/Bachmann ticket? One with a brain and no morality, the other with morality and no brain.
    Perfect together!

    April 4, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |

    Bring her on! What a waste of money this candidate would be. Doesn't the Republican Party have someone with some brains that can run for the most important job in this world.

    April 4, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Debi

    I would vote for Palin before I would vote for Bachmann. The GOP is going to have the crazy and the crazier candidates.

    April 4, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. steve harnack

    I can't figure out whether she is so delusional that she thinks she has a chance of winning or so cynical that she thinks it will be a good way to part some fools from their money.

    April 4, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. bj bell

    Michele Bachmann is probably the only GOP politician who I think is more pitiful than Sarah Palin - who opened another Pandora's box to let her out.

    I know Michele "When we (immigrants) got to America, we were all treated the same" - right, what rock did you just crawl out from under.

    April 4, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Terry

    Tell me there aint' no money in politics!!!! This woman has no more chance of becoming president than I do yet is able to raise millions for the effort??? Just another Sarah Palin look alike with a slightly different scam.

    April 4, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Jerry

    Hopefully she will run, and also Sarah. Nothing will hurt the cause of the mostly male, selfish, short sighted and clueless Tea Party more.

    April 4, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. carly

    I hope she wins the nomination. An automatic win for Obama. Amazing that the GOP can't come up with any viable (normal) candidates.But maybe it is not so surprising considering their have no ideas or solutions on every issue just a continuous string of attacks on Obama.

    April 4, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. AC

    Go Bachmann Go, I want the rest of the United States to see what an Idiot you are! Please do not let us down, we want you display your talking ability and knowledge of US and World affairs in the press. Don't let us down, Run Bachmann Run!

    April 4, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Chedar

    In your dreams Backmann. In your dreams

    April 4, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. El Kababa

    Michelle Bachman is the ideal Conservative candidate. She is both crazy AND evil, so Conservatives don't have to choose one or the other.

    April 4, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. JCC

    OH BOY !!!
    The job of Captain .... on the S. S. Titanic ........

    April 4, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Rickster

    Bachmann, the former tax attorney and business owner, would be a great president. She is one of the few pols who has the guts to make the tough cuts that are necessary to get our economy back on track. President EmptySuit and his merry minions talk about making cuts but are opposed to every spending cut that is brought up. Everybody with a functioning brain realizes that Obama has been a total disaster.

    April 4, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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