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Major Garrett critical of 2012 Bachmann bid because ‘she can’t keep anybody on her staff’

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann generated a lot of buzz from her performance in last Monday’s Republican debate. She swayed several of her staunchest critics and convinced them that she is indeed a serious candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination.

However, National Journal congressional correspondent Major Garrett isn’t completely buying into the hype. On the syndicated “Chris Matthews Show” set to air this weekend, Garrett identified one glaring problem with a Bachmann candidacy – the high turnover rate of her congressional staff.

“As you know Chris, you win nomination battles state-by-state through a long national strategy,” Garrett said. “Michele Bachmann’s biggest problem – all the strengths you identified, I agree with, but she can’t keep anybody on her staff.”

According to Garrett, building a solid organization is essential, something that he is uncertain the Minnesota congresswoman would be able to do, despite her ability to raise money and attract media attention.

“People leave her,” Garrett said. “They work for her for a little bit of time and they quit. She’s had five or six chiefs of staff – at least four at her time in Congress. That’s a problem. Building an organization is not something you do overnight and you can create buzz for yourself, you can raise money with a solid debate performance. Look, she raised $14 million in the last cycle having never been on a presidential podium stage before.”

In the last few weeks, Bachmann has added some big names to her staff, including former Haley Barbour pollster and Tarrance Group President and CEO Ed Goeas and Ed Rollins, the campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential bid. Garrett had a mixed opinion on the hires.

“Ed Goeas is a very good pollster,” Garrett said. “Ed Rollins is a mixed bag when it comes to running a national campaign. He’s fun to be around.”

  • diamndgirl

    Newflash Major- Bachmann’s doing just fine thank you very much…and she will continue to do just that.

    Go Michele Go!

  • sunnyr

    Left-Wing Zealot, Major Garrett, needs to be listing the ENTIRE ECONOMIC TEAM of Comrade Obozo, who have left their Dear Leader holding the bag. Pfft. Is this the best you could come up with Garrett? What an effing JERK1

    • guesswho

      Why do you nitwits go so apopletic when you think some reporter slights Miss Crazy Eyes? Garrett was asked a question abour Bachmann…he answered it. If he had been asked a question about the Pressiden’t staff losses I’m sure he would have answered that, too, but because this clip was right after the Republican debates almost all of the questions (and rightfully so) were about the GOP/TP candidates.

      Jeez, take a chill pill and get a life.

      • sunnyr

        The only time I will take a “chill Pill” is when Comrade Obozo and his gaggle of Commie Czar’s are but a bad memory, on January 20, 2013! And, YES, Major Garrett is every bit an effing jerk as the rest of that Progressive/Marxist/Communist, Saul-Alinsky-Loving panel of Losers!

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  • Marcel

    Tell us something we don’t already know, Major. Bachmann is a lunatic. She doesn’t even know which party she is a member of. Let me see now, was it the “Republican Party” or the “Tea Party”.

    That woman is a disgrace to Congress, to her state, to her gender and to the country.

  • barryswhitehalf

    What the heck is Major Garrett doing talking to that idiot Chris Matthews? Pre-senile dementia, I suspect.