A handful of key staffers on Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign have left in the past few days — including her lead pollster and senior adviser.
The shakeup is the latest sign that Bachmann’s campaign is a shadow of its former self — with most of the team that brought her to national prominence through her victory at the Iowa Straw Poll already having quit.
Last month campaign manager Ed Rollins and his deputy quit, and Rollins went on to criticise Bachmann for weeks on MSNBC.
On Friday, POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman reported that pollster Ed Goeas was also gone.
On Monday, senior adviser Andy Parrish returned to Bachmann’s House office, while two others who left her official office to work on the campaign in scheduling and press roles quit, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
Bachmann is rumoured to be out of money — her web videos certainly indicate as much — though her campaign has denied the shakeup is the result of finance difficulties. Bachmann is expected to report poor third quarter fundraising numbers next week — and she is lagging in the polls.
Bachmann has pledged to stay in the campaign through Iowa, though it appears that will be her last stop, before veering off the road to the White House.
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