2012 Election | Michelle Bachmann | New Hampshire

Michele Bachmann Deserted By Campaign Staffers

LonelyBachmannMichele Bachmann's New Hampshire staff has deserted her, according to CBS. One of them. Caroline Gilger, is defecting to to the Rick Perry camp.

Mrs. Bachmann, when asked about the desertion on a radio program, was doubtful:

In an interview with Radio Iowa, Bachmann expressed incredulity over news of the resignations, first reported by New Hampshire television station WMUR. "That is a shocking story to me," she said. "I don't know where that came from. We have called staff in New Hampshire to find out where that came from and the staff have said that isn't true, so I don't know if this is just a bad story that's being fed by a different candidate or campaign. I have no idea where this came from, but we've made calls and it's certainly not true."

But it was true. Jeff Chidester, Mrs. Bachmann's now-ex-New Hampshire campaign director, said:

That information [about the resignation] was conveyed to the people that are closest to Michele ... If that information was not shared, that's unfortunate.

Bad form, Bachmannfolk. The candidate must be informed of these things.

So far, the deserters haven't explained why they've left the campaign. WMUR television blames Bachmann's seeming indifference to the NH primaries. (She's visited the state just twice during the campaign, preferring to focus on her homestate of Iowa.) That claim's uncomfirmed, though. Jeff Chidester says he'll have a comprehensive, official statement sometime soon. 

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  1. Such good news! Let's post it twice.

    "So far, the deserters haven't explained why they've left the campaign."

    Because she's a lunatic.

    Posted by: Max | Oct 22, 2011 7:00:26 PM

  2. Her campaign is over. Thank you! Go away.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 22, 2011 7:26:51 PM

  3. "That is a shocking story to me," she said.

    Yes well, when you pay more attention to what God says in your head than you do to reality... you're going to run into a lot of 'shocking stories'.

    Zealots have no place in political office.

    Posted by: Jexer | Oct 22, 2011 7:45:39 PM

  4. Let's hope this is a trend.

    Posted by: Harry | Oct 22, 2011 8:04:08 PM

  5. Dear Herr (or her) Bachmann,

    Your bunker is being shelled, prepare for the worst.

    Posted by: bkmn | Oct 22, 2011 8:13:37 PM

  6. She doesn't even know her staff has quit but she is capable of running the most powerful country on the planet? How the hell was she elected to Congress?

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Oct 22, 2011 8:27:26 PM

  7. God spoke to the staff and told them to get the hell out. She missed the meeting because she had a FAUX news appearance.

    Posted by: Dale | Oct 22, 2011 8:29:58 PM

  8. She is becoming less relevant as days go by.

    Posted by: Katie | Oct 22, 2011 8:39:49 PM

  9. Rats. Sinking ship. No surprise here. The rats are just looking for the next plague carrier to join.

    Posted by: justinw | Oct 22, 2011 8:40:17 PM

  10. @Plaintom: Target money. They and their executives are her #1 supporters financially. She probably promised them another tax cut or something. And they are all Jesus fans together.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Oct 22, 2011 8:45:36 PM

  11. Somebody forgot to tell her the fifteen minutes are up...

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 22, 2011 8:59:42 PM

  12. @Plaintom - it also doesn't hurt that she's from the most conservative district in Minnesota.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Oct 22, 2011 11:38:45 PM

  13. @MIKE IN THE TUNDRA: One could also argue the stupidest.

    Posted by: Marc C | Oct 23, 2011 12:01:33 AM

  14. Is there really a NEED to explain why they left the campaign? Do rats need to explain why the leave a sinking ship? Hell to the NO !

    Michele Bachmann is WITHOUT A DOUBT, next to Sarah Palin, THE MOST EMBARRASSING HUMAN BEING to EVER run for office. PERIOD.

    Posted by: Tre | Oct 23, 2011 1:19:44 AM

  15. So she's either incompetent or a liar. But in her case, I will accept that she's both at once.

    Posted by: princely54 | Oct 23, 2011 1:21:17 AM

  16. You're on the scent, PLAINTOM. I live in fear that even one dollar of my limited budget is going to pad the arrogance of Minnesota's Sixth District. They must make and market something in and out of that wealthy community. Someone help and provide Tom and me with a list so we can get their attention!

    Posted by: Esurb | Oct 23, 2011 7:52:28 AM

  17. back into your grave michelle.

    Posted by: kodiak | Oct 23, 2011 9:57:55 AM

  18. "So far, the deserters haven't explained why they've left the campaign."

    Let me help them: because your candidate is a bigoted moronic theocrat who could no more win a national election for President than Anita Bryant could have in 1978.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Oct 23, 2011 10:14:52 AM

  19. Please! She was informed--she's just delusional. I worked for a woman like this--she threw people down the stairs and then wondered why no one came into her office to just have a chat with her.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Oct 23, 2011 10:16:13 AM

  20. Wow, she really does look like a Chuckie doll.

    Posted by: contragenic | Oct 23, 2011 11:13:11 AM

  21. Now that she and Palin are gone...it's santorum next...and at least we're through the worst of it.
    If you watched santorum's self-pity party last night...he's got the same channel to god that bachmann has. Aren't they lucky!
    Oh, my father gets that same channel...another dilusional idiot...but not running for president, thank you.
    Their stories all have a common thread...I'm "chosen" and hear voices from "god" to do this work. Like Charles Manson didn't get that channel with the same program...right!
    Now, let's get them all into the same cell to commiserate until the cows come home.

    Posted by: paul b. | Oct 23, 2011 11:41:45 AM

  22. Michele Bachmann needs to do with her Presidential bid, what her husband , Marcus did with the pool boy. Pull out.

    Posted by: Dan Skinner | Oct 25, 2011 12:06:33 AM

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