Skip to comments.Fed-Up Bachmann Staff Unpaid for a Month, Candidate Caught Unaware of Departures
Posted on 10/21/2011 1:31:31 PM PDT by Brookhaven
Rep. Michele Bachmann said she was surprised to hear that her entire New Hampshire campaign staff had apparently quit en masse today, even though they had not been paid for a month, one of the departing staffers told ABC News.
Hours after initial reports of the mass exodus, Bachmann told Iowa Radio this afternoon that she was unaware that her staff had quit and said the reports were not true.
That is a shocking story to me, the Minnesota congresswoman said.
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In all seriousness, there are also reports that Bachmann's campaign is in the red. They've already spent all of their money and are piling up a stack of IOU's.
Bachmann's campaign seems to be running on fumes. It's one thing to be low on cash, it's another thing to be running up debt.
she’s just sticking around hoping for an iowa miracle to revive her campaign. and who knows, not likely but it could happen.
Wonder if she looked like the Newsweek cover upon hearing the news.
There are lots who should get out of the way!
It happens on campaigns, but usually in easy to see surges and binges of money. Bachmann’s money is just running out. I thought she would stay in til Iowa voted, now it appears that being on the ballot in Iowa may be all she can afford.
Talk about blowing it! If you can’t meet payroll; what makes anyone believe you can balance a budget? She just blew any credability she had - staff not paid in a MONTH!!
Throw the book at her.
She may not be in a position to drop out.
One report I saw said she still owes Ed Rollins $30,000. And he quit, what, a month ago?
Her only option may be to stay in till Iowa in hopes of a big influx of cash for contributers should she win.
Or maybe she’s hoping Romney will pay off her debts like he did Pawlenty’s in return for Pawlenty’s endorsement. In which case the Mitt stalking horse stories suddenly make a lot of sense.
So why was she shocked? Gigler went to Perry, interesting.
She’s going to fold up any time.
Here comes the Perry comeback.
"Hoping" that someone else is going to pick up her tab, is silly, wishful thinking.
If she had to have Palin ride to her rescue, for her to win her House seat, last time around, is now hoping that someone else is going to do something akin to that, now, re her debts, proves that she needs to get out right now!
If she genuinely believes this is a calling from God, she may in fact stay in hoping for that miracle. I will be surprised if this causes her to reassess her position just yet.
Think that just maybe she wasn't aware they hadn't been paid?????
What you’ve described would be the logical moves for all.
But, if it gets portrayed in the press that Perry bought Bachmanns endorsement, it could backfire on them both.
The last thing Perry needs is be seen as a back-room-deal kind of politician, but that’s what it would look like if he paid off Bachmann for her endorsement.
When Romney bought Pawlenty’s (and that’s what it was when he paid off his debt) it seemed like a slimey move to me. But, Mitt has already done it once, so twice probably wouldn’t hurt him. I just don’t see how Bachmann could get away with it.
The eyes have it:
Correct me if I'm wrong but when is a candidate responsible for payroll? I've always thought that job was up to one's campaign staff?
So who is REALLY at fault here, Bachmann or her staff?
If you want to throw bricks, at least make sure you have the proper target...........
Hey Gang. that’s pretty good analysis. It’s too bad she ran out ... But as the saying goes ..
.It’s first your money...then your clothes
If this doesn't cause her to reassess, then she has NO business trying to be president!
Perhaps a Federal subsidy check will arrive and save the day. Such an arrival would allow another speech against government spending!
Who picked the staff? Does the President write the checks? Nope, he sets policies and appoints leadership - who in turn act in his stead. This a part of being a leader; you don't pass the buck, you make sure that your staff is doing exactly what they are supposed to do.
If she was the CEO of a company, and she had this exact same problem - wouldn't she be held accountable? We both know she would. This is part of the job every candidate faces, raising money and living within a budget. If she couldn't afford to hire a staff, then she should have done the right thing, instead of defrauding her staff out of a month's worth of labor for which they won't be paid. For me, it's a matter of honor, ethics and responsibility.
I don’t disagree with you at all. But quite frankly for those who genuinely believe they are in God’s will, discernment is a difficult thing.
You are correct!
I will personally ask her tomorrow about this.
WHAT ABOUT FREE WILL ?
If she truly believes that GOD is telling her what to do, every step of the way, then she needs realize that this is HIS way of telling her that she needs to go!
Once again, I agree.
it is not unusual for campaign staff to go unpaid. If somebody cannot handle that, they shouldn’t be in the business.
What is unusual is for quitting staff to bad mouth the campaign in public. Classless.
No, I do not support Bachmann. I think she should drop out. But there is no scandal here. Barely newsworthy.
It’s really no big deal, that happens every four years. Most of these people enter the race with no intention of winning but to drive up the price of getting speaking engagements and help bolster credibility so they can say they were “Presidential Contenders”
Michele should have dropped out of this before now. I wish her luck in paying off her debt.
The Mitt stalking horse stories have made sense for some time. He’s got a whole stable full of stalking horses—and so a whole stable full of stalking horse stories.
I suppose Perry could be one them there stalkin’ horses as well.
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I always thought she was not running for president to win, but to gain more seniority in the House.
That and getting seniority in the House and Senate.
Or to raise one’s profile in hopes of making a comeback, as in Santorum.
He’d be the clydesdale in the barn. Bachmann and Cain are mere ponies.
Is this the end?
Actually, no. That would be the supervisor in the payroll department who would then have to explain the problem to the manager of the payroll department, and if not resolved, they would eventually have to pass the issue on to the corporate accounting department. And if not resolved there, it may or may not make its way up to the CEO.......Probably not since most issues of this kind are generally resolved at the local level.....
I'm sure you've got extensive experience in the corporate environment so you should know the drill............
That's why CEO's and presidential candidates have STAFF...........
Can’t run the executive branch when you can’t run a campaign.
Ed Rollins? Really? She has an incompetent staff.
Last week to ten days ago she was in Nashville, TN and Phil Valentine (popular local radio talk show host) was asked to participate. At first he was told they were going to do one hour on his show (cancelled) and visit several venues (cancelled) and then only came to town and left (he was told she’d be there two days total).
Phil said working with her staff was like working with unorganized teenagers.
******* “ Correct me if I’m wrong but when is a candidate responsible for payroll? I’ve always thought that job was up to one’s campaign staff? “ *******
And Obama is not responsible ... it’s his CZAR’s that did it.
Or a Blue Ribbon Committee
I’ve thought for some time that Bachmann is only staying in because she agreed to be Mitt’s attack dog in return for him paying off her campaign debt. So, yeah, if she gives him her endorsement when she drops out, I will figure I was correct.
Czars implement policy dictated by Obama, do they also handle payroll issues?
So you give her a pass for picking these people? Staff handling payroll and her schedule are not random volunteers. She made herself a sideshow and the time has come for her to withdraw.
How did you get that from what I wrote? I thought I made it clear she obviously can’t run a staff or know what’s going on in her own campaign.
I am fresh out of bricks, so here is a cinderblock.
Ms. BIG SHIITE tax attorney with the IRS for five years doesn’t know the difference between a corporate INCOME TAX and a VALUE ADDED TAX! Either that, or she flat out lied attacking Cain in the last debate.
Which is it?
I’m taking door number one, an intelligence level somewhere between an empty coal bucket and a sack of hammers.
Newt had a lot of people quit on him, too.
“Correct me if I’m wrong but when is a candidate responsible for payroll? I’ve always thought that job was up to one’s campaign staff?”
Good point. I wish folks would get BOTH sides of the story before their knee-jerk reactions, especially if it’s from a liberal source, like ABC.
WHEN will we ever learn?
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