Bachmann aide plays down ‘rude’ claims
October 24th, 2011
07:36 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann aide plays down ‘rude’ claims

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann’s national spokesman downplayed claims Monday that the Minnesota congresswoman’s New Hampshire staff had been mistreated by the campaign’s senior-level team.

“That's unfortunate. They want to call names, that's their prerogative. We wish them the best,” Alice Stewart said on CNN’s “John King U.S.A.”

Earlier Monday, five of Bachmann’s New Hampshire staffers released a statement accusing the campaign’s national operation of being "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."

All five of the New Hampshire workers who released the statement have resigned from Bachmann’s campaign.

Stewart characterized the incident as a minor hurdle in what will end up being a long campaign.

“It is disheartening when members of the staff or volunteers or people who are working with the team decide to communicate with the media as opposed with the campaign,” Stewart said. “We haven't heard anything from these people. It is unfortunate they chose to make it in such a public way.”

The statement released by the New Hampshire staff said the campaign was in “chaos,” and that operatives on the ground in the Granite State were isolated from key campaign moments.

"Sadly, they were deceived, constantly left out of the loop regarding key decisions, and relegated to second-class citizens within a campaign in which they were the original members," the statement said.

Stewart said that while the New Hampshire operation was important, winning Iowa was the primary focus for Bachmann and her campaign.

“First and foremost, we have to get through the important first caucus state,” Stewart said. “That's what she's focused on.”

After a brief peak in national polls following a win at the Iowa Straw Poll, Bachmann has seen her support sliding. The most recent CNN/ORC International poll, taken October 14-16, showed 6% of GOP voters backing Bachmann.

–CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Carmen

    Is it just me or does it look like Republicans don't even like republicans.

    October 24, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Hunter

    I think it's clear that in response to the claims put forth by the NH people, the national manager basically said 'hey , they said we were rude to the people?? Well screw them, we're busy!' Gee! What a smooth operator! Who are these guys??

    October 24, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. cisco4

    Remember the Great Depression in history books..the Republicans offered government help..soup kitchens.. They did not beleive government should really help anyone.. Sound familiar?. What do they offer today..obsure sidestepping statements that offer nothing..The Repubican House is a do nothing House..And now they want to be president and continue offering no solutions?..Maybe they should bring back GW Bush to solve things?

    October 24, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Julie

    Michele Bachmann. As American as white bread. But now toast.

    October 24, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Jim

    The only think I can't figure out is who are these 6% that actually think she is qualified?

    October 24, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Derek Wain

    No one, except Team Obama media and its paid trolls, cares about this "inside baseball" nonsense. It illustrates the puerility and irrelevancy of MSM political commentary, for which the average voter has nothing but well deserved contempt.

    October 24, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. bonesbone

    Bachmann should quit now, save the money and spend it on backing someone who can win....She's just to far right for the main stream....Nice Try...

    October 24, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Indy

    “That's unfortunate. They want to call names, that's their prerogative. We wish them the best,” Alice Stewart said on CNN’s “John King U.S.A.”

    Michele Bachmann is the Queen of Rude and name calling is about the only thing she does, we have all heard heard her treat everybody with little respect bith Democrats,Republicans and the sitting President have been called names and cute little bumper sticker slogans have been attatched to candidates policies and plans by Bachmann. Michele has no policies or ideas just slam the other person is her motto, that will fix the country.

    October 24, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Thomas Moxley

    Michele Bachmann, has what it takes to run this country.If you think back who thought Bin Laden would have fallen victim
    to lead poisoning under his watch.Are you unemployed ?Well Obama has nothing at all to say about Tax's,the Government
    and let's face it Tax's is another way of saying Government.Bachmann has ideas that will give power back to the people.
    We have to start with empowerment in order to regain what matters most.Power to the privet citizen .Bachmann is our voice.

    October 24, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |