Michele Bachmann tersely rebuffed her former campaign manager Ed Rollins in a New York Times story published Tuesday.
Rollins has offered frank assessments of Bachmann since he left her presidential campaign in August. The New York Times, writing about Bachmann’s recent campaign push in Iowa, asked her about his statements:
[Bachmann] said critical comments Mr. Rollins made to reporters after stepping aside were dismaying.
“When it comes to personnel issues, I act professionally and respectful of former employees,” she said. “I just assume that’s a two-way street. It’s disappointing when it’s not.”
When it was pointed out that Mr. Rollins has a history of speaking sharply about candidates who once employed him, Mrs. Bachmann offered a tight smile. “I guess I should have done that Google search,” she said.
Bachmann paid Rollins more than $60,000 to manage her campaign up to her Iowa straw poll victory, according to campaign finance reports released last week. The campaign still owes him $30,000.
Update 12:50 p.m.: Rollins responded to Bachmann today, telling National Review: “Well, if I would have Googled her, I would have found out she had 6 chiefs of staff in 5 years.”
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