Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager, Ed Rollins, and his deputy are leaving their roles, Bachmann’s campaign said on Monday, adding Rollins would remain in a less physically demanding senior advisory position.
“In less than 50 days and with fewer resources than other campaigns, Ed was the architect that led our campaign to a historic victory in Iowa,” Bachmann said in a statement, referring to that state’s Republican straw poll.
“I am grateful for his guidance and leadership, and fortunate to retain his valuable advice even though his health no longer permits him to oversee the day-to-day operations of the campaign.”
Bachmann, a representative from Minnesota, moved into the top tier of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination last month with her win in the Iowa straw poll, an early test of strength in the 2012 race.
“I have great affection for her. I’ll do anything I can to help her,” Rollins, 68, a veteran of many political campaigns told CNN. “I just don’t have the endurance to do 14-hour days, seven days a week anymore.”
As part of a “restructuring strategy,” current campaign strategist Keith Nahigian will assume the role of interim campaign manager, Bachmann said in her statement.
Ed, go on vacation or something. Nobody has to publicly announce why. Just leave. You’re hurting a good candidate.