Perry supporters in New Hampshire voice concerns to campaign manager
November 20th, 2011
07:06 PM ET
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Perry supporters in New Hampshire voice concerns to campaign manager

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Perry's national campaign manager met with a small group of supporters in New Hampshire last Monday, as the Texas governor struggled to recover from campaign stumbles and faced reports his fund-raising operation had significantly slowed.

Campaign Manager Rob Johnson spent several days in New Hampshire last week, accompanying Perry to a town hall in Nashua Wednesday afternoon.

At the Monday meet-and-greet, Johnson spoke with about 20 supporters at Portsmouth's 100 Club, said two Republicans who attended the event. One said the event felt like "an apology tour" for Perry, who entered the race to much fanfare but has struggled to gain traction in New Hampshire.

A woman in attendance complained about a lack of communication from the campaign. Others at the meeting chimed in that they, too had not been receiving campaign e-mails.

Some in the audience also complained that Perry had not spent enough time campaigning in the state.

Perry has visited the state seven times, including a visit the week preceding the meet-and-greet.

At the meeting, Johnson apologized for the e-mail confusion, and a field staffer at the event took people's contact information. Johnson told the audience the campaign was focused on New Hampshire, the sources said. One said Johnson had quoted the state adage that "New Hampshire picks presidents."

A campaign adviser said representatives of the campaign routinely visit states with early voting contests and would continue to meet with supporters as the campaign progressed.

The adviser said it wasn't "unique to any state" to hear supporters say they wished to see more of a candidate, but pointed out Perry would be in the state that week and would return after Thanksgiving.

In fact, Perry was in town two days later to host a pair of town-hall meetings and do some local media interviews in the state.

A Bloomberg poll released Wednesday showed Perry with 3% support among likely voters in New Hampshire.

High-profile Perry supporters including Pam Tucker, the deputy house speaker; and former Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney attended the meet-and-greet, but did not voice concerns, one source said.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    He seems to have been off his uppers whenever they had their last debate but he is still too out there.

    November 21, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It sounds like Perry himself. Why should this be a problem? The campaign should reflect the candidate.

    November 21, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
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