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Report: Michele Bachmann has no plans to hire staff in Fla



Gawker reports that liability insurance documents signed by Michele Bachmann's national campaign treasurer, Nancy Watkins on Tampa, the campaign reported it had no plans to hire any staffers in Florida, the fourth-in-the-nation GOP primary:

...The application, for instance, specifically asks the campaign how many full-time, part-time, and volunteer staffers or independent contractors it has in Florida, California, Michigan, Texas, and Washington, D.C. In each instance, Watkins wrote simply, "None planned." It might make strategic sense for Bachmann to skip the Michigan and Texas primaries, in which natives Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, respectively, will be heavily favored. And California's primary is scheduled so late in the season that the contest will likely be decided before it happens.


But Florida is a crucial state. Its primary will be just the fourth in the cycle, which is one reason Bachmann is publicly insisting that she "intend[s] to win Florida, and win it twice—once in the primary and once in the general election." That's a tough sell without volunteers, staffers, or contractors on the ground in the state. (Of course, the application only announces the campaign's intention back in June, when Bachmann formed her campaign committee. We asked the campaign whether it actually does have staffers or volunteers active in Florida—or Texas and Michigan—and haven't heard back.)



[Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:28am]


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