New Hampshire shake up for Bachmann staff
October 22nd, 2011
03:35 PM ET
11 years ago

New Hampshire shake up for Bachmann staff

Stamford, Connecticut (CNN) – The New Hampshire campaign manager for Rep. Michele Bachmann has resigned, he told CNN Saturday.

Jeff Chidester headed up Bachmann's efforts in the first-in-the-nation primary state and accompanied the candidate to campaign events on her most recent visit in early October.

Another paid member of Bachmann's campaign in the state, Caroline Gilger, has also resigned. Gilger will join Gov. Rick Perry's staff as a field representative Oct. 24, the Perry campaign confirmed Friday.

The two confirmed resignations stand in contrast to a statement put out by Bachmann's national campaign Friday.

"We have a great team in New Hampshire and we have not been notified that anyone is leaving the campaign," said Bachmann campaign manager Keith Nahigian.

The statement added Bachmann would continue to campaign in New Hampshire but acknowledged her "main focus" would be on Iowa.

The jump comes as local television station WMUR reports that all five paid members of Rep. Michele Bachmann's state team have resigned their posts.

An additional source among the five departing staffers told CNN Friday: "I won't deny the story."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. arnold chu

    Michele...Make sure we get reimbursed by Iraq before The President pulls all the troops out at the end of 2011 !!!

    October 21, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Fred

    ...and by converting gays to straight she will make sure president Obama is a one term President.

    October 21, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    There's a strategic move by a bunch of losers. 🙂
    Leaving the flake for the rich hunting secessionist whose numbers are dropping faster than if you could move that rock at his hunting lodge!

    October 21, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. ART

    It looks like it's comming to an end for flakey Michelle, too bad I so wanted to see this mental midget debate President Obama. This woman is so in need of a history lesson.Now if only the people in the 6th congressional district woul wake up and boot this ding bat out of office.

    October 21, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    Wow – your campaign has got to be in pretty bad shape when you leave one sinking ship for another.

    October 21, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Leroy

    Unfortunately, Michele Bachmann turned out to be a "one term candidate"....

    October 21, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Aaron

    If looney simple Bachmann would leave the campaign, they might have a chance of winning.

    October 21, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. ST

    Michelle doesn't not know that Libya is in African continent. If I was her worker I will run very fast from her ignorance!

    October 21, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Gary Cardinale

    Easy to understand: Perry has a warchest of 17 million and Bachmann is probably attending End of the World Services this evening. Who would you rather work for?

    October 21, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    To the people of MN.....I feel sorry for you. At least the rest of us will not have to deal with her. You're stuck with this numbskull, as long as the 6th district continues to be brain-dead and reelect her

    October 21, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. TEAliban/TEAhadists


    Unfortunately, Michele Bachmann turned out to be a "one term candidate"....
    I LOVE IT!!! If only I had her aggravating voice to say "Congresswoman Nutso will be a one term candidate."

    October 21, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. silmon


    October 21, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. canuck41

    from a crazy female contender to an equally crazy and nutty male contender. Bachmann and Perry are both lunes, and keep making Romney look even better!!

    October 21, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. debuzz

    Glad they are going to run Perry's campaign there as well. Take him out of the fight completely.

    The fat lady is warming up....

    October 21, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Dixie

    Hopefully, we will not have to hear "I'm a lawyer" for much longer.

    October 21, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Michael in Houston

    Lets not overlook the fact that these staffers already had been working on her campaign. That tells me all I need to know about their judgement.

    October 21, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. AC

    I know, I know, I know......................It's Obama's fault.

    October 21, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. ART

    Looks like Fred is also a mental midget

    October 21, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. VA VERY Ex Republican

    here is a godd suggestion. FIRE Michele and that will fix her campagin.

    October 21, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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