Afternoon Fix: Former Bachmann staffers cite “chaos” in scathing letter

at 05:26 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Michele Bachmann’s staff did quit and they want you to know why, Steve Forbes endorsed Rick Perry, John Sununu endorsed Mitt Romney, and Shelley Berkley says she wasn’t threatened.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Former New Hampshire staffers of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) confirmed in a scathing statement this morning that they did, in fact, quit her presidential campaign. “The manner in which some in the national team conducted themselves towards Team-N.H. was rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel,” the ex-staffers wrote. They also describe “chaos” and “shifting strategy discussions.” Bachmann on Friday denied that anyone had quit her campaign.

* As expected, Steve Forbes has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president. The businessman and magazine publisher said Perry’s flat tax proposal — something Forbes himself backed in his two presidential runs — was key to the decision.

* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney finally became an official candidate for president on the New Hampshire ballot. Former governor John H. Sununu, a powerful political force in the state, was by Romney’s side. Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, meanwhile, is bitter that he didn’t get Sununu’s endorsement.

* Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), who is running for Senate, denied today that then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) bullied her into backing the health-care bill. Gambling mogul Steve Wynn said on Fox Business yesterday that Berkley had told him “I know it's terrible” but “if I don't vote for it, she will punish me.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* First Lady Michelle Obama has written a book about the White House garden . Due out next April, the book will “celebrate the benefits of American community, school, and urban gardens and of healthy, nutritious food for our nation’s families and communities.” The proceeds will go to charity.

* Herman Cain is making a nationwide buy on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show tomorrow, spending some of that money he’s been bringing in. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO still doesn’t have much in the way of a campaign operation, and his new website wasn’t up when the press release for it went out.

* Former New Hampshire state Sen. Maggie Hassan (D) is expected to announce her gubernatorial campaign at Manchester Community College tomorrow. So far attorney Ovide Lamontagne (R) is the only other candidate in the sure-to-be-competitive race to replace retiring Gov. John Lynch (D).

* Perry is launching a major ad campaign in Iowa, buying about $175,000 worth of 30-second spots in major media markets in the state. Most of the ads start running Wednesday and will air through Halloween in the state, where Perry has been sinking in polls.

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