Michele Bachmann’s New Hampshire campaign team slammed Bachmann’s national organization as “rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel” in a harsh statement released Monday.
The statement confirms reports from that week that the group has decided to disband, even though Bachmann questioned the validity of the reports last week. The statement said the group still “collectively felt loyalty to the candidate, [but] they no longer have faith in the national team.”
The group didn’t detail what behind-the-scenes drama lead to their departure, but said disrespectful conduct on behalf of the national campaign lead to their defection. The group also said they were left out of strategy deliberations and had requests repeatedly ignored by the national campaign. In the middle of September, the five staffers in New Hampshire were asked to go off the payroll in order to help the campaign financially.
The former staffers also objected to how the campaign treated its New Hampshire supporters:
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.
WMUR in New Hampshire first reported the staff’s departure. The five staffers include Jeff Chidester, the New Hampshire campaign manager, Nicole Yurek, Mattheu LeDuc, Caroline Gigler, and Tom Lukacz.
Devin Henry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.