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September 6, 2011

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Michele Bachmann 2012 campaign’s turnover raises new questions

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 9/6/11 12:20 AM EDT Updated: 9/6/11 12:08 PM EDT

Top-level staff departures from Michele Bachmann’s campaign are raising fresh questions about her durability heading into the post-Labor Day stretch of the 2012 presidential primary contest.

As POLITICO first reported Sunday, her campaign manager Ed Rollins will be moving from day-to-day campaign managing to a senior advisory role. His deputy, David Polyansky, is leaving the campaign.

Both played a critical role in vaulting Bachmann to a first place finish at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Aug. 13, an event that served as the first critical test of organization in the first-caucus state and one where she eked out a victory over Texas Rep. Ron Paul. But since then the Minnesota congresswoman has seen Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, vault ahead of her in recent national polls.

Rollins, in an interview, cited his health as the driving factor behind the change.

“I wish I was 40 years old, but I’m not,” he told POLITICO. “I’m 68 years old, I had a stroke a year and a half ago. I’m worn out.”

He said the rigors of the daily campaign grind were simply getting to him, and that he fully supported Bachmann still. He said he would be traveling with her to California for the first fall debate, which is being hosted Wednesday at the Reagan Presidential Library by POLITICO and NBC News.

via Michele Bachmann 2012 campaign’s turnover raises new questions – Maggie Haberman – POLITICO.com.

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