Another top aide for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced on Friday that he's leaving, the latest in a stream of senior staffers to depart the faltering Republican presidential candidate's team.
Doug Sachtleben, who has spent time on both Bachmann's congressional staff and her presidential campaign, announced that he's joining the staff of two-term Rep. John Fleming, R-La., next week. Sachtleben insisted he has no hard feelings for his soon-to-be ex-boss.
“I leave Rep. Bachmann’s office with nothing but the highest regard for Michele,” he said. “It has been a pleasure working for her and I continue to admire and appreciate her unwavering conservatism.”
Even so, Sachtleben's career trajectory mirrors the highs and lows of Bachmann's political roller coaster. He moved from the congresswoman's Capitol Hill office to her presidential campaign earlier this year, as Bachmann rocketed upwards in the polls immediately after her entrance in the race. But earlier this month, Sachtleben moved back to the congressional office in part of what Team Bachmann billed as a reorganization. It also involved the departure of the biggest name on Bachmann's staff, veteran Republican strategist Ed Rollins.
Since then, Rollins has been openly skeptical of Bachmann's strategy and her chances. More recently, Ed Goeas, a respected GOP pollster, also left Bachmann's team.
In an article posted earlier this week, the National Review Online described the Bachmann campaign as being riddled with internal dissension and infighting.