Rep. Michele Bachmann talks to a moderator during a break in a GOP presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Oct. 11, 2011.
Rep. Michele Bachmann talks to a moderator during a break in a GOP presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Oct. 11, 2011. Jim Cole/AP
When Rep. Michele Bachmann's New Hampshire presidential campaign staff quit en masse Friday, it was easy to jump to the conclusion that they were abandoning her just like so many Republican voters.
Wrong, at least, that's what her former staffers are publicly saying. It wasn't that they were dissatisfied with the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota but her national staff.
In a news release, the staffers allude to certain recent incidents that occurred when Bachmann visited New Hampshire. Though the writer or writers of the news release say that discretion dictates that they keep the details private, a later passage in the document indicates there was no love lost between the New Hampshire and national staffs:
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, anddismissive 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.
Bachmann's campaign, which was once competitive with frontrunner Mitt Romney but now is firmly in the second tier of candidates, has also been having money problems which have caused staffers to go unpaid for weeks. The release clearly leaves the impression that New Hampshire staffers felt they were being strung along by national staffers but they also wanted to make clear it wasn't all about money.
Team-NH would like to stress that pay was not a primary motivation, and that each member was committed tothe candidate and her principals. Team-NH regarded themselves as a team ready and willing to helpCongresswoman Bachmann win New Hampshire. Sadly, they were deceived, constantly left out of the loopregarding key decisions, and relegated to second-class citizens within a campaign in which they were the original members.