NBC: Bachmann focused on Iowa, not NH
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is focused on Iowa in her campaign for the GOP nomination, her campaign spokeswoman told NBC, a strategy that may have led to all of the campaign’s New Hampshire staff quitting this weekend.
In a press release from Bachmann’s New Hampshire team issued Monday, the candidate’s national team was described as “rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel. But more concerning was how abrasive, discourteous, and dismissive some within the national team were towards many New Hampshire citizens.”
It also said voters in the state were “treated…more as a nuisance than as potential supporters.”
The New Hampshire team was “never involved in shifting strategy discussions,” the release continued, and was “repeatedly ignored for simple requests, sometimes going weeks with little or no contact with the national team.”
Alice Stewart, spokeswoman for Bachmann’s campaign, told NBC there was poor dialogue with the New Hampshire team. But she said Iowa has always been the campaign’s focus:
… Stewart brushed off those charges, saying, “I’m not going to comment on the personal attacks that they made.”
Stewart pins the fallout on local disappointment with a campaign strategy that puts Iowa before New Hampshire.
“We’ve been clear all along our focus is Iowa,” Stewart told NBC. “There’s only so many days to be in Iowa, and she has to take advantage of every single one of them, and be there.” …