Recently-resigned Bachmann staffers stingingly criticize her national team

posted at 5:25 pm on October 24, 2011 by Tina Korbe

When news broke last Friday that the five members of Michele Bachmann’s New Hampshire team had resigned, Bachmann’s national campaign manager Keith Nahigian said, “We have not been notified that anyone is leaving the campaign.” Today, Team New Hampshire issued a statement to clarify that they have, in fact, departed — and to explain why:

Team-NH of the Bachmann Campaign has decided to disband. This decision comes after much soul-searching by each individual and after countless hours of discussion as a team. Although the team members regret our departure from the campaign, we know there was very little choice. …

The manner in which some in the national team conducted themselves towards Team-NH was 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. These are our neighbors and our friends, and some within the national team treated them more as a nuisance than as potential supporters.

Through all this chaos, Team-NH was never involved in the shifting strategy discussions. Team members were repeatedly ignored regarding simple requests, sometimes going weeks with little or no contact with the national team. Yet the members of Team-NH remained committed to Congressman Bachmann, often at peril to their own personal and professional reputations within New Hampshire.

Sadly, all of this could have been avoided. It saddens this team to see a dedicated patriot — a person so desperately needed in the White House — sequestered behind a wall of pretense, guarded by political operatives consumed by their own egos.

Nahigian’s ignorance last Friday underscores their gripes: If he didn’t even know they’d resigned, it’s not hard to believe communication between the national camp and Team New Hampshire was a problem.

Team New Hamsphire’s searing indictment of the mismanagement of Bachmann’s campaign is not the first report to suggest Bachmann isn’t the best manager. (Keep in mind that she chose her national team, after all!) Remember the stories from former staffers that indicated she let mail pile high in her Congressional office, rarely returned communications of any kind and could be a little cranky with her crew?

Given that, Team New Hampshire’s respectful mention of her as a “dedicated patriot” and a person “desperately needed in the White House” is particularly interesting. What has enabled her to be such a “dedicated patriot” might very well be the capacity to prioritize speaking appearances, media hits and other image boosters ahead of mundane responsibilities. No doubt it’s difficult for a person with all the right ideas to know when to prioritize the big picture and when to zero in on all the little details. Tim Pawlenty reportedly struggled because he liked to micromanage too much. (“He did everything right. And that was the problem.”)

Incidentally, this makes me think of nothing so much as of this reality: Sometimes, all the technological means at our disposal to deliver messages make it harder to communicate rather than easier. Cell phones, e-mail and social media have taught us to expect incessant and immediate communication, such that, at times, we’re overwhelmed by information and unsure of how to process it. The national team might not have intentionally ignored Team New Hampshire — and Team New Hampshire might actually have done little to seek direction from the national team. Either way, the statement from Team New Hampshire isn’t good news for Bachmann, who must know at least a few voters look to campaign management for a clue as to how a presidential contender might occupy the Oval Office.


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Better luck next time, MB. Time to pull a Pawlenty.

Abby Adams on October 24, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Michele, check your camapign account.

Go ahead… I’ll wait…

(has some teas…)

OK… you’re just about out of money, aren’t you, Michele? Yeah, that’s what I figured.

It’s not to late to do the Paul camapign some good, Michele. Trust me, the family won’t forget…

JohnGalt23 on October 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Crazy Eyes sinking.

mythicknight on October 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Mitt Romney’s moles are everywhere, prolly got a few in the Ron Paul campaign too. Just cause he can afford it!

abobo on October 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM

“We are not witches”

Bradky on October 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM

She is still the most beautiful woman to ever run for President

TheQuestion on October 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

She is still the most beautiful woman to ever run for President

TheQuestion on October 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Yes, she SURE is.

: )

listens2glenn on October 24, 2011 at 5:44 PM

When is MB going to come out and throw the support of her three moms into Mitt’s corner?

Punchenko on October 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM

You know, this is network marketing 101. Every day you should be in touch with the leaders in your group, especially the key ones that are working towards the main goal of making the most money possible.

The fact that Bachmann’s campaign is not talking to these people daily is a fatal flaw in execution for her campaign managers, as well as herself, the candidate.

karenhasfreedom on October 24, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Who cares? Let me guess…..00007% of the population.

blah, go away Bachmann

bridgetown on October 24, 2011 at 5:48 PM

this seems far to coincidental… false flag, never meant to work for her the first place, was planning to do this all along, kinda thing. I mean what kind of respect for yourself can you have if you do this to the candidate that you not only supported but worked for? and to actually go and do interviews? what candidate would accept these types of back stabbers as staff in the future? Rick Perry, that’s who.

Kaptain Amerika on October 24, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Her NH voter is upset.

lorien1973 on October 24, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Time to thin the herd.

OhioCoastie on October 24, 2011 at 5:50 PM

You know, this is network marketing 101.

karenhasfreedom on October 24, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Um, you don’t mean this, do you?

OhioCoastie on October 24, 2011 at 5:52 PM

She is still the most beautiful woman to ever run for President

TheQuestion on October 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I still have trouble believing she gave birth five times.

As I have said before, at her best, she looks like she could be on the cover of Vogue.

At her worst… Anchors, aweigh, my boys, anchors aweigh

JohnGalt23 on October 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Who will she endorse? Not Romney, so it comes down to Newt or Perry.

BCrago66 on October 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM

That’s what happens when you have someone with no executive experience as a candidate. Experience is important and we can’t afford to suffer yet another newbie in the White House.

Common Sense on October 24, 2011 at 5:55 PM

If her Iowa staffers had quit, this would be news.

Notorious GOP on October 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Wayne Newton hardest hit…

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Seven Percent Solution on October 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Who will she endorse? Not Romney, so it comes down to Newt or Perry.

BCrago66 on October 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Or Paul. She’s been following the Austrians for a while now.

Notorious GOP on October 24, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Obama did this well,…just sayin’….

a capella on October 24, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Cruel?

Seth Halpern on October 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM

She is still the most beautiful woman to ever run for President

TheQuestion on October 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

What? You don’t think Hillary is gorgeous??

Rod on October 24, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Either way, the statement from Team New Hampshire isn’t good news for Bachmann, who must know at least a few voters look to campaign management for a clue as to how a presidential contender might occupy the Oval Office.

Worked out well for the Democrats in 2008, what could go wrong with the Republicans following the same strategy in 2012?

astonerii on October 24, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Wayne Newton hardest hit…

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Yup,W Newton,was in the auidience,
me thinks,Politically Star Struck
sumpin..sumpin…maybe,it was the
sheen,of her Titanium Spine,dazzling
his eyes!(snark),ahem!:)

canopfor on October 24, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Le Ugh,Mutineers,in Mutiny of BachmannOverDrive!

canopfor on October 24, 2011 at 6:09 PM

This is the beginning of the end for Bachmann. Her campaign is imploding.

Any minuscule chance she had of winning just went out the window. There’s a short time to get a NH crew back up before the NH primaries begin. There’s no way she can get it together in time.

Conservative Samizdat on October 24, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Who will she endorse? Not Romney, so it comes down to Newt or Perry.

BCrago66 on October 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Why wouldn’t she endorse Cain?

OneGyT on October 24, 2011 at 6:14 PM

She’s had a good run… Let’s see how she does in January when the voting starts…

Khun Joe on October 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Why wouldn’t she endorse Cain?

OneGyT on October 24, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Yes–why not? Inquiring minds want to know.

davidk on October 24, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Either way, the statement from Team New Hampshire isn’t good news for Bachmann, who must know at least a few voters look to campaign management for a clue as to how a presidential contender might occupy the Oval Office.

Yes, and some candidates, too. Remember, when queried, the current occupant of the White House cited being the head of his own large campaign organization as his curriculum vitae for “executive experience.” We all know how that’s working out!

Captain Scarlet on October 24, 2011 at 6:39 PM

typical anke biting, these guys are looking for new jobs and this campaign on there resume doesnt look good. so start spreading rumors and pointing fingers to make it look like you werent part of the group that screwed up. best example is the mccain staffers who went after his VP pick after that loss.

chasdal on October 24, 2011 at 6:41 PM

I think she will endorse Mitt. I’m willing to put money on it.

Conservative Samizdat on October 24, 2011 at 6:41 PM

As I have said before, at her best, she looks like she could be on the cover of Vogue the latest JC Penney sale flyer.

JohnGalt23 on October 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM

(Just a little amendment.)

Captain Scarlet on October 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I am no fan of Bachmann but I hate this kind of BS. The same stuff happend after the McCain/Palin loss. It is a lot of Cover your A##
Just after the loss Nichole Wallace and others went running to Fox’s Carl Camaeran and sung like birds and Fox ran with it as gospil and not reporting it for what is was cover your A##

KBird on October 24, 2011 at 6:47 PM

What? You don’t think Hillary is gorgeous??

Rod on October 24, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Speaking for myself, Hillary did look attractive when she did that ‘Pretty In Pink’ press conference back in 1993.

But that was it.

listens2glenn on October 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM

She is still the most beautiful woman to ever run for President

TheQuestion on October 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

True!

kg598301 on October 24, 2011 at 6:59 PM

If Bachmann endorses Romney, then her tea party cred (donor base) dissipates quickly.

exdeadhead on October 24, 2011 at 7:06 PM

When is MB going to come out and throw the support of her three moms into Mitt’s corner?

Punchenko on October 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM

As soon as Romney whispers sweet dollar signs in her ear.

cozmo on October 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

the personal narrative Bachmann gave at the iowa church the other day was compelling…an historical view of our country and what was great about it. Barry and the ows crowd wouldn’t be able to comprehend it. Soros, having picked thru the pockets of those doomed by the Holocast, would shrug and say something about primitive retrograde Americans

r keller on October 24, 2011 at 7:19 PM

oh, and btw, if that makes me a bitter clinger, then yeah

r keller on October 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

I just love what the progressive republican commenters add to the debate on Hot Air with their measured, adult and oh so intelligent objectivity. I really do learn from them.

hawkdriver on October 24, 2011 at 7:58 PM

How effin’ petty. New Hampshire has to get over itself.

deucegeary on October 24, 2011 at 11:20 PM