Bachmann Aide Who Quit in NH Will Work for Perry

At least four of her five paid staffers in the state are gone
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2011 12:56 PM CDT
In this Oct. 11 photo, Michele Bachmann talks to one of the moderators during the GOP debate.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann may not think her New Hampshire staff has resigned, but the staffers beg to differ. And one of them will be working for Rick Perry's camp come Monday, reports the Union Leader. The confusing state of affairs: ABC affiliate WMUR reported yesterday that all five of Bachmann's paid staffers in the state had quit. Hours later, Bachmann herself denied the report—just as other media outlets were confirming the news.

One of the staffers, Jeff Chidester, also confirmed the departures to CBS and the National Journal. "The New Hampshire team has quit," said Chidester, Bachmann's former campaign director in the state. "We'll issue a joint statement as to our reasons why." He said he had informed people "closest to Michele" last week. "I'm sorry the national team is confused," he added. "They shouldn't be." He also confirmed the departures of Caroline Gilger, Tom Lukasz, and Nicole Yurek. It's unclear whether the fifth, Matt LeDuc, has joined them. Gilger starts work next week as a state field rep for Perry, said the Texas governor's campaign chief in New Hampshire. (More tough news for Bachmann: She's broke.)

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