Two Bachmann staffers leaving presidential campaign
October 3rd, 2011
09:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Two Bachmann staffers leaving presidential campaign

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Two of Michele Bachmann’s aides are leaving her presidential campaign.

Pollster Ed Goeas will soon leave, and senior adviser Andy Parrish will return to the Minnesota congresswoman’s congressional office in Washington, D.C., a campaign spokeswoman said on Monday.

“With the abbreviated caucus and primary schedule, we’re focusing on Iowa and not doing as much polling,” spokeswoman Alice Stewart said, referring to Goeas. “He’ll be with us at the end of the month working on different projects.”

“[Goeas] has been instrumental in helping us build the team and our message and he is still a great and valuable member of the team,” Stewart added.

As for Parrish, he moved from the congressional office to Iowa help Bachmann full time in the state. But Stewart insisted his current exit is of no surprise.

“Every since the very beginning, the plan was to staff up significantly, do what we could in Iowa and we did. Now we’re shifting resources … to where they’re best used,” Stewart said.

“With the Congress back in session, the needs back at the congressional office are greater so that’s why … Andy’s going back to the congressional office. This was always part of the plan.”

The departures are sure to raise eyebrows. Last month, Bachmann’s campaign manager – Ed Rollins – bolted, citing health reasons. Rollins’ deputy, David Polyansky also left.

Since then, Rollins has been critical of the Bachmann campaign. He recently said in an interview that Bachmann doesn’t have enough political mojo to last beyond Iowa.

CNN asked Stewart if the departures are signs of trouble in the campaign.

“This was the plan all along…to shift people and put them in the right place,” Stewart said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    As a congresswoman, she had the highest turn-over rate of ALL of them. No one can work with or for her. Geeeez. Can't she get the message that THEY are not the problem? SHE IS.

    October 3, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Citizen

    Next one will be Michele herself.

    October 3, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. azmary

    Wait a minute. Is this Andy Parrish person currentely being paid out of the taxpayers coffers to work on the campaign? I thought there was supposed to be a line drawn to prevent using our tax dollars, designated for working as a congressional aide for the congress person, and campaigning. Who has been "minding the store", so to speak if Ms. Bachman has been taking staff people out on the trail? I can see the need for security staff, etc. for officials, but not staff to assist directely in campaign activities.

    October 3, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Slightly Left of Center

    I think SHE should go back to the congressional office in Washington and DO SOME WORK until her term is up.

    October 3, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. jane

    Michele Bachmann a NO Term President

    October 3, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  6. Gavin Ford

    I think she will be leaving it herself pretty soon.

    October 4, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    Bachmann has just become a "one-term" candidate!!! She's DONE!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    October 4, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  8. Neo

    Next news please!!!!

    October 4, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  9. thomas

    I'll stick with you baby til the money runs out !

    October 4, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I would venture to guess that she is delivering on her beliefs that one should balance their budget and not ever have deficits.

    October 4, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. AntiFringe

    To me, it's a surprise that anyone took her seriously.

    October 4, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Seattle Sue

    Bachmann has no hope of winning the nomination of her party. Good. Now if the voters of her district would fire her. Great.

    October 4, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |