Michelle Bachmann’s campaign is seeing a couple of defections from her presidential campaign. There is usually two reasons political campaigns see a shakeup in staff: the campaign is stagnant and need a fresh eye and new energy, or philosophical differences about how to move forward creep up. In Bachmann’s case, a third reason added to the mix, health reasons.
The biggest departure is campaign manager Ed Rollins. Rollins is a veteran Republican operative. He ran Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign and led them to victory in the Iowa caucus in 2008. Rollins cited health concerns as his reason for stepping down. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Rollins said, “I just don’t have the endurance to go 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week anymore.” He went on to say, “I wish I was 40 years old, but I’m not,” he said. “I’m 68 years old, I had a stroke a year and a half ago. I’m worn out.”
The other staffer leaving Bachmann’s campaign is deputy campaign manager David Polyansky. Rollins and Polyansky were both instrumental in the candidate’s victory in the Ames straw poll in Iowa. In a statement Bachmann said, “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. 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.”
Although Polyansky is totally leaving the campaign, Rollins is going to serve as a senior advisor. The departure of the two staffers could affect the campaign negatively or it could be a good thing. John McCain basically started over with a new staff during the Republican presidential primary and became the GOP candidate.
Bachmann is currently third in the polls behind Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and former Gov. Mitt Romney.
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