All of N.H. Bachmann staffers quit (updated)
All of Michele Bachmann’s paid New Hampshire staffers quit her campaign Friday, Politico reports.
Bachmann did not have a large campaign staff in the Granite State and had focused much of her efforts in Iowa, but the news comes as a blow to a campaign that has floundered since briefly tasting success in the Iowa Straw Poll.
Her staff told reporters on Friday that they had intended to quit sooner, but waited so as not to damage her image. But by this week, they’d had enough frustration with the direction of the campaign and its lack of focus on New Hampshire.
The staffers still say they support the Congresswoman’s bid for the presidency.
Among those leaving are senior advisors Jeff Chidestar and Karen Testerman, director of operations Mattheu LeDuc, and field directors Caroline Gigler and Tom Lukacz,
Since winning her congressional seat in 2006, Bachmann has had five congressional chiefs of staff, five press secretaries, four legislative directors and three communications directors.
Bachmann for President campaign manager Keith Nahigian passed a statement along on Friday afternoon saying the campaign knew nothing of the New Hampshire staff leaving:
“We have a great team in New Hampshire and we have not been notified that anyone is leaving the campaign. We look forward to spending more time in the Granite State between now and the primary, but our campaign has emphasized that our main focus is the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa and we are continuing to build efforts there. While she will campaign in other states, Michele will spend the majority of her time in Iowa, doing what she does better than all the other candidates – retail politics – leading up to the all important caucuses.”