Two top Herman Cain staffers resign
June 27th, 2011
06:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Two top Herman Cain staffers resign

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s New Hampshire state director, his only staffer in the state, as well as a Cain campaign regional director have both resigned.

Matt Murphy is the former state director and Jim Zeiler is the former regional director. Both defections raise the question of whether or not the Cain campaign is facing some trouble.

Ellen Carmichael, a spokeswoman for the businessman and former radio host, confirmed to CNN the story that was first reported in the New Hampshire Union Leader. She smacks back any notion that this spells trouble for the campaign.

“We have hired a new New Hampshire director already, who we will announce in the coming days,” Carmichael said.

When asked why Murphy resigned, Carmichael said, “I’m not sure. I mean, it was very amicable, we still correspond with him.” She said that Murphy had another opportunity with another organization.

As for Zeiler, Carmichael said she does not know why he left the campaign.

The Union Leader reported that Murphy cited the Cain campaign’s refusal to mount a serious effort in the critical, first-in-the-nation primary state.

“There is no ill will toward Herman Cain,” Murphy reportedly told the paper. “There was a strategic difference and I left the campaign because of those differences. The differences involved the New Hampshire strategy and how much investment the campaign should put into New Hampshire.”

The Union Leader reports that Murphy wanted the Cain campaign to send in money to hire more people and for office space but that his requests were denied.

As for Zeiler, the paper quotes him as saying he “resigned last week to return to my home in Wisconsin.”

Carmichael takes issue with Murphy’s assertion that the campaign is not mounting a serious enough effort in the Granite state.

“We have been to New Hampshire several times,” Carmichael told CNN. “Mr. Cain participated in the debate in New Hampshire, he has a lot of good relationships with folks on the ground and in the community in New Hampshire and we look forward to spending more time there.”

As for the claim that Murphy’s request for more money was denied, Carmichael said, “That’s not exactly true.”

When pressed to explain she would only add that the campaign intends to add more staff in the state. Carmichael said that not only will Murphy and Zeiler be replaced, but more staff will be added to the campaign.

This comes as fellow Republican candidate Newt Gingrich rebuilds his campaign after some high-profile defections.

Last week, two top fund-raisers quit the Gingrich campaign. And earlier this month, 16 top aides stepped down over disagreements with the former House speaker.

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  1. Pete from St Paul

    Don't know why Cain and those other two Mormons keep bothering these GOP-TEA people. By this date 12 months in the future; 2 regular WASP guys are gonna be running the pubs.....Wanna bet?

    June 27, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Doug

    Well we know what the Robert Byrd, Klan starting party wants to do to Mr. Cain, they really are not removed one bit from the history of their party when the same minded Democrats in the 19th century were cutting eye holes out of their white bed sheets. Seeing what they are doing today in Cities that have been under complete Democrat control for the last 50 years, these current Democrats are even more dangerous than their cross burning forefathers.

    I can't blame these people for quiting the Cain campaign, just like Sarah Palin's family has gone through, the Democrats will make thousands upon thousand of death threats, and you never know when they will act on them.

    June 27, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. clarke

    Another one on the short list.

    June 27, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. kayla

    please somebody tell this man he won't win, or cannot win. please save your money for better use.

    June 27, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Another campaign going down?

    June 27, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Damien

    Cain = nobody.

    June 27, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Why would Cain pay his staffers anymore money when he can save his campaign from the brink of disaster just like he did Godfathers pizza. Now don't start laughing.

    June 27, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Jeff Spangler

    This angry-looking black man stands absolutely _no_ chance of nomination or election. Why would anyone waste time on him?

    June 27, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. The Elephant in The Room

    No mysteries here:

    1) He lacks money and can`t run a robust 50_stae competitive caimpagn

    2) With 7 GOP candidates and him going to the end of line for personnel in NH, he has the worst, leftover representatives there.

    3) He can`t inspire enough belief in his vision or loyalty in his team (the 2nd resination is problematic)

    4) A Business week article casts doubt on his business credentials, which he claims would make him a good president. Employment dropped 20% under his tenure at the pizza chain Godfather`s Pizza is the 10th "largest" chain. [how many chains are there? 11?]

    June 27, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. vernelle burkins

    They all jump from sinking ships.hopefully he will jump soon.

    June 27, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Jamie from Riverside

    What a sorry excuse for a....well everything.
    Go back and make some more pizza.

    June 27, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. John

    Sorry Herman Cain, but you didn't really have much a chance anyway.

    June 27, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    Maybe they're Muslims and he gave them the GOP "purity" test. Since he hates Muslims outright, do the math

    June 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. fayse

    These staffers can see the writing on the wall and my guess is that they want to move on to a possible winner. Which of course, considering the list of GOP candidates there isn't one.

    June 27, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. Whatever

    hmmm following Gingrich's footsteps!!!

    June 27, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. tigerakabj

    As Dick Cheney said, "Stuff happens."

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 27, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. Bradley

    It's always best to jump overboard before the ship starts sinking (unless you're the captain of said ship).

    June 27, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Stefani

    What does it matter anyway. This clown will never become POTUS. Go back to selling pizzas.

    June 27, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. w l jones

    The hand writing on the wall "timber' another tea bagger fall.

    June 27, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. they call me "tater salad"

    They probably just noticed his skin color for the first time!

    June 27, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |