Ed Rollings came out on Halloween with a shocker. He told ABC News Monday that Michele Bachmann has “run out of money and ideas” and can no longer expect to win in Iowa.
Ed Rollins, who left the campaign in September, said the Minnesota congresswoman had backed off earlier comments by her campaign that Iowa was a “must-win” state because she lacked the finances, campaign structure, and ideas to win the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
“She’s still saying the same things she said in the first the debate. There’s no substance. She says, ‘I’m going to repeal Obamacare.’ But she’s been saying that from Day 1. I told her: That’s your Tea Party speech, now you have to say what you’re going to do next.”
Um ouch? Rollins gave an excuse that he was getting old and his health wasn’t that good to be going around full time campaigning. With the latest revelation, he might have been referring to his stress level in dealing with Bachmann. Rollins goes on to explain in more detail.
Rollins said he left the campaign because he didn’t want to spend an Iowa winter “fighting with a candidate who wouldn’t listen and had no money.” The campaign should focus solely on Iowa, he told her, but he says she wanted to campaign early on in New Hampshire, Florida and South Carolina.
Now Bachmann is regretting having hired Rollins to help run her campaign. She is showing her hand as a heavy handed manager who tends to conflict with those she hires for their expertise. This usually ends up having your dirty laundry leaked to the public.
There’s been no love lost between Rollins and Bachmann in the weeks since he left the campaign. They’ve traded barbs in the media. Bachmann recently joked that she wished she had Googled Rollins before hiring him.
But Rollins, who took former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to victory in Iowa in 2008, said Bachmann approached him three four times for the job.
Michele Bachmann claims that her campaign can be revived despite her flaming out in spectacular fashion. I give that chance about a one trillion to one odd currently.
I actually believe Ed Rollins with him being so forthright. He has stuck a knife and fork into Bachmann’s campaign, and in so many words, is saying she’s done.