Bachmann campaign loses second key staffer

WASHINGTON Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:45pm EST

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks during a campaign event at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa December 29, 2011. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks during a campaign event at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa December 29, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has lost a second top campaign staffer in another setback before the Iowa caucuses on January 3, NBC News reported on Thursday.

Bachmann's political director, Wes Enos, resigned a day after her Iowa campaign chairman, Kent Sorenson, left to support Texas congressman Ron Paul's bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in elections in November next year.

Enos resigned after he had publicly defended Sorenson, an Iowa state senator, against charges that he had accepted money from the Paul campaign in violation of state law, NBC reported.

Sorenson denies that any money was offered by the Paul camp or that he accepted money to endorse the Texas congressman.

A spokeswoman for the Bachmann campaign was not immediately available for comment.

In an interview on FOX News, Bachmann said that Sorenson had told her and others in her campaign that "he had been offered money, a lot of money by the Ron Paul campaign."

"This is really about the Ron Paul campaign," she added. "They are nervous because their momentum has gotten stalled."

Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll in August but then fell out contention.

(Reporting By JoAnne Allen)

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Comments (7)
Bugsyboy wrote:
Her aide resigned stating that her policy to build a fence across the State of Texas was much too isolationist and that he preferred Ron Paul’s non-interventionist approach.

Dec 29, 2011 9:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
StevenSky wrote:
Bachmann, like many of us, is too quick to accuse others before evidences are out. I watched her interview with “Meet the Press” about her argument with Newt during a debate over Newt took money from corporations. Instead of putting facts in, she just kept saying her statement on that was correct.

Dec 29, 2011 11:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
alexpinca1 wrote:
Who cares…I am just looking forward to Paul kicking the chair from under the Republican nominee. This is not because I am an Obama supporter but because I’m up to my eye balls with right wing fascism. My problem with Obama is that he has been far too accommodating to the right wing…now after all naive belief that the fascists were interested in what was good for America, he realizes that he has to get out there and kick butt. Obama would not be my choice if there were other non-fascists out there.

Dec 29, 2011 11:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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