Ed Rollins, the veteran campaign operative who helped engineer an Iowa straw poll victory for Representative Michele Bachmann this summer, has stepped down from running the day-to-day operations of her presidential campaign, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Bachmann said Monday night.
A spokeswoman for Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign cited health reasons for the
abrupt change in the role Mr. Rollins, 68, will play in the presidential
“Ed is moving away from the demanding day-to-day operations of the
campaign and into a senior adviser role,” said the spokeswoman, Alice
Stewart. “He is fantastic and will continue to be invaluable on the
the change in Mr. Rollins’s role. The Web site also reported on Monday
night that Mr. Rollins’s deputy, David Polyansky, would leave the
campaign. “I wish Michele nothing but the best, and anyone who
underestimates her as a candidate does so at their own peril,” Mr.
Polyansky told Politico.
The change in roles for Mr. Rollins came on the day he was quoted in The
Washington Post expressing pessimism about Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign.
“The Perry-Romney race is now the story, with us the third candidate,”
Mr. Rollins told The Post.
The moves raise questions about the future of Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign. (Continues here)