Staff shift may indicate Bachmann presidential run

Caroline May | Reporter

Andy Parrish, Michele Bachmann’s chief of staff, notified colleagues Wednesday that he will be taking a temporary leave of absence from Bachmann’s congressional office but will remain working for her in an unidentified “exciting new position.”

Parrish’s internal email heightens the speculation that Bachmann will run for president, as there are few positions outside Bachmann’s office – but still under her tutelage – outside of a presidential campaign.

Bachmann has said that she will announce whether or not she is running this month in Iowa.

See the internal email:

Friends –

I wanted to let you know that after an enormous amount of prayer I have decided to take an exciting new position with Congresswoman Bachmann. I will be able to tell you more about what I am doing in the near future. My personal cell phone and personal email will remain the same, please stay in contact.

Her staff is an amazing team and I know we all feel privileged to serve an amazing Member of Congress!

I will reach out to each of you directly to talk to you more about this.

All my best,

Andy Parrish

Chief of Staff

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