WASHINGTON — After failing to maintain momentum after its Iowa straw poll victory in mid-August, the Michele Bachmann presidential campaign has new management.
Citing health reasons, Bachmann’s campaign manager Ed Rollins has left that position to become a senior advisor, the campaign announced Monday. Campaign strategist Keith Nahigian will be the interim manager.
Politico reported Monday that deputy campaign manager David Polyansky was also leaving the campaign. The report quoted anonymous GOP sources who cited “strategic differences on the path forward” as a driving force behind Polyansky’s departure.
Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll on Aug. 13, the same day Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched his presidential campaign. Since then, he’s taken over front-runner status in the race, largely at Bachmann’s expense.
Rollins acknowledged as much when he told the Washington Post over the weekend: “The Perry-Romney race is now the story, with us the third candidate.”
National and statewide polls generally show Bachmann in second or third place in the race, behind Perry and, often, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Bachmann has spent much of the last few weeks campaigning in Iowa, Florida and especially South Carolina, where she participated in a Tea Party presidential forum on Monday. She’ll be on stage in a presidential debate in California on Wednesday.
Bachmann spun the campaign management moves as a positive on Monday.
“In less than 50 days and with fewer resources than other campaigns, Ed was the architect that led our campaign to a historic victory in Iowa,” Bachmann said in the statement. “I am grateful for his guidance and leadership, and fortunate to retain his valuable advice even though his health no longer permits him to oversee the day-to-day operations of the campaign.”
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