Is “Tea Party” Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign in trouble?
Well, yesterday her top two campaign operatives announced they were leaving her campaign, which typically isn’t a sign of a campaign that’s firing on all cylinders.
First came news that Bachmann’s campaign manager, Ed Rollins, was “stepping back” from the day-to-day management of Bachmann’s presidential campaign, citing his health and the rigors of a campaign.
“I wish I was 40 years old, but I’m not,” he told POLITICO. “I’m 68 years old, I had a stroke a year and a half ago. I’m worn out.”
It’s worth noting that Rollins is no stranger to presidential campaigns, having worked on Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign in 2007, so he must have known about the rigors of a presidential campaign prior to agreeing to serve as Bachmann’s campaign manager.
In related news, Bachmann’s deputy campaign manager David Polyansky announced he is leaving Bachmann’s campaign, and while he didn’t cite a specific reason for the split, Maggie Haberman of Politico reported that a source indicated Polyansky left the campaign because of “strategic differences on the path forward” with Bachmann.
Despite winning the Ames Straw Poll last month, Bachmann’s campaign has been struggling to gain traction in the wake of Texas Governor Rick Perry announcing his candidacy for president, due no doubt to Perry’s strong Tea Party appeal, given his extremely far-right views (Texas secession, anyone?).