Ex-Cain Staffers Bash Chaotic Campaign

Like he's 'running for sophomore class president'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
Ex-Cain Staffers Bash Chaotic Campaign
Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain addresses the crowd during a campaign stop in Detroit, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Newser) – Herman Cain is running on his managerial experience as a CEO, but his campaign doesn’t seem terribly well-managed, ex-staffers grouse to the New York Times. Staffers complain that Cain rarely campaigned and often skipped events at the last minute, and failed to provide supplies as basic as signs. “Everything we tried to do was like pulling teeth to get accomplished,” said an ex-Iowa staffer. “It was like they were running for sophomore class president.”

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“It was frustrating because we couldn’t get him here,” another Iowa worker complains, adding, “We couldn’t even get our own email addresses.” Another staffer said he quit after receiving a memo forbidding staff driving with Cain to speak unless spoken to. Cain’s former Tennessee financial chairman, meanwhile, recalls an incident in which Cain simply forgot to show up to fundraiser where supporters were prepared to donate up to $2,500 each. “I thought, wow, good communication there,” he says, though he adds, “This is his first rodeo, so people make mistakes.” Click for more on Cain's campaign dysfunction. (Read more Herman Cain stories.)

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