After two Cain staffers resign, two more leave his Iowa campaign
July 2nd, 2011
02:36 PM ET
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After two Cain staffers resign, two more leave his Iowa campaign

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) – Mere days after two top staffers resigned from Herman Cain's presidential campaign, two others have also called it quits.

Tina Goff, the Iowa organizational director, confirms to CNN that she left the campaign on Friday. Goff also said that another Iowa staffer - Straw Poll coordinator Kevin Hart - resigned that day. The Cain campaign confirmed both developments.

The Cain campaign downplayed the significance of Goff's title. "She was a junior-level staffer," claimed Communications Director Ellen Carmichael. She said the campaign had not yet hired a director for the state, but that it soon will.

Goff told CNN that the conservative businessman "wasn't willing to make the commitment to Iowa necessary to win the [Ames] straw poll." That contest is seen as an early test of success in Iowa.

Goff added that she was concerned by the amount of money and time the Cain campaign was committing to that straw poll. However, she declined to discuss specifics.

"I didn't want it to go this way," Goff said. "I'm very sad about it."

But Carmichael emphatically denies the notion that Cain was not putting in enough resources to win in Iowa.

Citing upcoming events in Iowa on Sunday, Carmichael said, "Mister Cain will have been to Iowa 22 times. Any insinuation that he is not committed to Iowa is highly false."

The fresh defections follow those of two other Cain staffers who recently resigned. Matt Murphy left as the New Hampshire state director and Jim Zeiler resigned as Cain's regional director.

In comments that echo those of Goff in Iowa, Murphy reportedly said that Cain refused to mount a serious effort in New Hampshire. The Cain campaign denied that assertion.

"As our first report showed last night we've done quite well. We are continuing to come up with our new staff across the country, including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina," Carmichael said.

"These are just two people who are not a good fit for our organization."

On Friday, the Cain campaign reports it raised $2.46 million in the second quarter between April and June. Over 27,000 individuals contributed from all 50 states, the campaign said in a statement.

CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Iowa • New Hampshire
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Tim

    So the (R)ats are escaping the sinking ships!

    Hopefully Cain can interview some good non-Muslim, heterosexual, bad pizza loving, writers for Cliff Notes to fill those gaps ASAP!

    July 2, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    All about Pizza

    July 2, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Jeff Spangler

    No chance of nomination or election. A waste of time and money.

    July 2, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. bb

    It was never there, Cain. Face it.

    July 2, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Sorensen

    Poor Pizza-man. Soon he will be all alone with his salesmanager shirts and ties and his mediocre pizza.
    The world is cruel!!!

    July 2, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Sounds like Cain needs to sell some more pizzas, before he gets serious about a run for President.

    July 2, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Stone

    Cain just isnt ready to occupy the office of the president of the United States, just listen to how he response to questions during the first debate..he's got No real policy to implement to better the lives of Americans. I agree Pres. Obama is not perfect but the GOP has yet to bring forward anyone who can do a better job than our current president.

    July 2, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Michelle is raising cain . . .

    and lowering it at the same time. 0)

    July 2, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    Staff turnover is normal in a campaign organization – up to a point. I want to know the real, not officially announced, reason for the defections. Most likely this is a question of who's got how much influence over the candidate, which leads to the question of who's career is moving up and who's isn't. Who's going to work New Hampshire and South Carolina after Iowa, and who's going to be statewide coordinator for Wyoming? If several more bolt in the next couple of weeks it means something is coming apart.

    July 2, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Joe Moore

    Cain would make a better President than the one we have in the White House now, and he is not a socialist like Obama is.

    July 2, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Oldie in TampaBay

    Another one bites the dust ... and we all KNOW there will be alot more before he realizes that a run for POTUS isn't going to happen!

    July 2, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    People love to claim that if you're successful in business, you can run our country. Fact is, companies are not democracies; if anything, they more closely resemble dictatorships.

    A president must be willing to work with, or at least listen to, opposing viewpoints; chart a course that benefits the majority of Americans; and work for long-term prosperity.

    Today's business people are very top-down oriented, make strategy based on what is good for the biggest shareholders (usually just a few people, with themselves included) and chart a course that results in the biggest gain in the shortest amount of time, regardless of whether it drives the company into the ground (since they all have golden parachutes, who the heck cares what happens two years from now?).

    So all you Cain and Romney fans, catch a clue: These guys bring NOTHING to the table for our country.

    We need what we have now in President Obama: An intelligent, hardworking, public servant who wants to rebuild our Middle Class and create prosperity for ALL Americans for generations to come.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 2, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. B

    Should stick to the Pizza, you will do better..

    This guy is carrying lots of baggage.

    July 2, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |