Palin chief hits back at Bachmann adviser
June 8th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin chief hits back at Bachmann adviser

Washington (CNN)– A top adviser to Sarah Palin fired back at Ed Rollins, the longtime Republican operative tapped to run Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, after Rollins dismissed Palin as "not serious" in a radio interview this week.

Rollins also told Politico on Tuesday that Bachmann will "be so much more substantive" than Palin, and said he is "not afraid" of the former Alaska governor.

Michael Glassner, the chief of staff for Palin's political action committee, issued a rare public statement Wednesday rebuking Rollins as a Washington relic.

"Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth," Glassner in the statement, provided to Politico and obtained by CNN.

"To no one's surprise he has done it again, while also fueling a contrived narrative about the presidential race by the mainstream media," Glassner said. "One would expect that his woodshed moment is coming and that a retraction will be issued soon."

His "contrived narrative" remark is an apparent reference to reports about an emerging rivalry between Palin and Bachmann, driven in part by their gender but also by the reality that both Republicans share an overlapping political base of social conservatives and grassroots tea party activists.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Sarah Palin
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. D

    This is awesome.

    June 8, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Laverne

    I won't support either nutcase, but glad Ed Rollins made it clear he is "not afraid" of Sarah Palin! Palin is such a bully and everyone seem to be afraid of the backlash for speaking out against her. She is a loser and I suspect there will be plenty of cat fights in the months to come between these two losers.

    June 8, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Sgt. Joe.

    "Woodshed" moment? He's been hanging w/Palin too long!

    June 8, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Harv

    Rollins is correct about Palin.

    Interestingly, his comment that Bachmann will "be so more substantive" than Palin indicates that Bachmann will be trying to increase her lack of knowledge. Rollins is knowledgeable and would be a good tutor.

    If Bachmann's previous comments on substantive issues, law and the constitution are indicative of the education she received at Oral Roberts Law School, I would suspect OR is in danger of losing accreditation.

    OR is accredited, is it not?

    June 8, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. hcx

    I love mud wrestling.

    June 8, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. GaryB

    This is pretty funny. Two of the biggest lightweights in the field, neither of which seems to have a firm grasp on American history, constitutional law or foreign policy, are fighting to see who's more serious.

    June 8, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. K3Citizen

    I have a better shot at being president than Palin and Bachman.

    June 8, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    interview with POLITICO, Rollins said the Bachmann campaign will be "so much more substantive."

    "People are going to say, 'I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who's every bit as attractive,'" Rollins said.
    Meaning, of course, that Sarah dahling is the STUPID one.
    Pretty BUT stupid, that's what you said Rollins. Clean THAT up as best as you can 'cause Stupid Sarah is NOT a happy camper right now!
    You can't make this stuff up folks!!!! Bwahahahahahaha!!!

    June 8, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. bb

    Poor Ed Rollins having to stoop so low as to shape a campaign for the likes of Milchele Bachmann. He must hate getting up in the morning.

    June 8, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. ted

    Here this "Rich" morons advice is Quite Stupid??? Ya! Thats the Ticket? Lets vote in lunatic Right Wing Nut Jobs ? Lets let GOP/TP "Tank the Country again? Why should he care, He,s a Millionaire!!! This guys opinion is "Extremely Dangerous to our American way of life!!! The Teabags want your social security,unemployment benefits,food stamps for poor families kids,and your 401K???? How stupid does a voter have to be,to want to pay for the 8 year Gop regime,that almost Destroyed our Country???? Go Obama!!! Stay the course of recovery,2012

    June 8, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Of course there is a rivalry between them, mainly for oxygen. Between the two of them babbling nonsense about our country's history (not to mention their inability to grasp anything current), there is not enough air for them both to breathe. If Palin wants to remain relevent, she needs to get her a$$ in gear and offer substantive, thoughtful analysis of issues in front of people who need to be persuaded( independents). Bachmann may be crazy, but she is out-working and out-hustling Palin. Between them and Santorum slugging it out for the Flat-Earther vote, it will assure Romney wins the nomination as the weakest nominee for the GOP since Alf Landon.

    June 8, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. allens

    the only thing i am surprised at is, why he would work for another complete idiot. her and palin together, have an iq of 30, and no common sense at all. rollins is a smart guy. i always thought he loved this country, yet here he is with another loser

    June 8, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. John in Colorado

    Bachman substantive? She won't even debate a high school student who is calling her out over her outrageous and ignorant comments about the US Constitution about which she apparently knows very little. Both She and Palin are moronic and ignorant to the point of abstraction. Few take either one seriously but their off-the-cuff remarks make for good media ratings.

    June 8, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. allens

    if he really wants to represent a complete fool, he should come out to socal and help craig huey (running for congress).

    June 8, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. phyllis

    All of these people are a bunch of republicans, nothing else needs to be said.........peace out.

    June 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. dave

    How are Palin's people this dumb? Obviously Rollins made the statement hoping to bait Palin's camp into a battle in order to boost Bachmann's profile and create the "contrived narrative" Glassner references and, although they're both dopes, Bachmann's way more knowledgable and skilled as a candidate than Palin.

    June 8, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    I must give Ed Rollins credit for being an 7th degree black belt spin master.
    And now for something completely different.
    Expect Ed to comeback with a measured reply (with lots of rope on it!) if any at all.

    June 8, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Kelvin

    Let the catfight begin.

    June 8, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Me

    This is why Sarah Palin isn't political office material, of any level. She feels the petty need to respond to each perceived slight by anyone. And Ed Rollins is correct in his assessment of Palin.

    June 8, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Debbie

    I'm currently reading Bailey's book Blind Allegiance, very interesting how she could not let a comment go by that offended her or her family, without striking back at that person. As a politician, I would think that you have to pick and choose your battles. She would never survive a high political office with this kind of "revenge" attitude. Thank goodness!

    June 8, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Palin Power

    Palin is vastly superior to Ed Rollins and every man on this planet. She will be our next and greatest President of all times. All of our presidents from Washington to Obozo have been Epic Mistakes and Failures. Palin will be the 1st truly successful President and the right choice for this country. America has made that mistake 44 times and will not make the same mistake next year. We will never have another man become President again. Every POTUS and VP will all be white conservative women.

    June 8, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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