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Bachmann mails in New Hampshire primary papers

The sudden departure of Michele Bachmann’s disgruntled New Hampshire staff last week apparently made filing for the state’s January primary more difficult than it needed to be: Bachmann mailed in the paperwork needed to get on the ballot instead of

The sudden departure of Michele Bachmann’s disgruntled New Hampshire staff last week apparently made filing for the state’s January primary more difficult than it needed to be: Bachmann mailed in the paperwork needed to get on the ballot instead of filing it in person or through a staffer.

Here’s how the Associated Press characterized the move:

In keeping with the scant attention she has paid to New Hampshire, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has signed up by mail to get on the state’s presidential primary ballot instead of showing up in person or having someone else do it for her.

Though Bachmann could have traveled to New Hampshire herself, sending a staffer wasn’t an option after all five of her paid New Hampshire staffers quit last week, complaining that they were kept out of the loop and treated rudely by her national campaign team.

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Most of the major candidates have filed in person, although Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Georgia businessman Herman Cain sent campaign workers instead. Bachmann, who has visited New Hampshire twice since launching her campaign, has been focused almost exclusively on Iowa.

Bachmann’s last visit visited New Hampshire two weeks ago to take part in a debate. She brushed off questions about her staffing issues during an appearance on Fox News last night.

“Well, we are in the process of hiring new people in New Hampshire,” she said. “We are hiring new people in South Carolina and Iowa, but quite honestly, nobody asked me about the staffing and what is going on. What they talked to me about is my real jobs right now plan. That’s my plan to turn the economy around.”

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.