Another Herman Cain staffer quits

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Another Herman Cain staffer in Iowa has quit the Republican’s presidential campaign, the fifth resignation in an early voting state in recent weeks.

Iowa staffer Charlie Gruschow, who is active with the local Tea Party, confirmed to The Daily Caller that he is leaving the campaign. (Cain loses several staffers in Iowa)

“I’m pursuing other interests,” Gruschow said in a telephone interview. “I have a tremendous respect for Herman. I did a tremendous amount of volunteer work for him through the end of April, and then I was on staff for a couple months. I decided that there are some other opportunities and interests that I have.”

Gruschow insisted he’s still on good terms with the campaign and hasn’t been disappointed by Cain. But he acknowledged that others who have quit may have done so over disagreements with the direction of the campaign.

“I think a couple of people might have left because they, from what I was told, wanted to see Herman in Iowa more,” he said.

Other Iowa staffers who have quit include Tina Goff and Kevin Hall. New Hampshire director Matt Murphy and regional director Jim Zeiler have also left the campaign. Zeiler, reached last week for comment, directed questions to the Cain campaign.

Ellen Carmichael, a spokeswoman for Cain, has downplayed the departures and says the campaign plans to announce a list of new hires Tuesday afternoon.