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Michele Bachmann New Hampshire staffers quit

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Michele Bachmann lost all of her paid New Hampshire staff Friday, as WMURPoliticalScoop.comfirst reported

The Union follows with details that suggest what was already apparent: Bachmann has a one-state strategy and it’s called Iowa.

New Hampshire staffers weren’t so happy with that backseat treatment, which was spelled out in an e-mail written by Keith Nahigian, Bachmann’s campaign manager.

Isaac Brekken


Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., waves to the crowd before a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas.

The Union Leader obtained the e-mail:

“Research teaches that it’s extremely hard for any candidate to win both Iowa and New Hampshire — it’s only happened twice in the modern primary era. Thus, for Michele, the early state is Iowa — and we plan to run aggressively and to win decisively.”

Bachmann has been no stranger to staff upheavel. She lost her campaign manager Ed Rollins in September, and has developed a reputation for staff departures in her congressional office. She plans 30 trips to Iowa in advance of the Jan 3. caucuses.

UPDATE: Bachmann’s campaign manager Nahigian responds to the reports:

“We have a great team in New Hampshire and we have not been notified that anyone is leaving the campaign,” he said.

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