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Ex-Bachmann Chief of Staff's Bombshell: Team Bachmann Slow to Cash Campaign Checks, Answer Mail

2:55 PM, Jun 28, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Ron Carey, one of many former chiefs of staff to Michele Bachmann, writes in a Des Moines Register op-ed that Bachmann is not ready to be president: 

As the former chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party during the tenure of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, as well as the former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, I have watched both candidates from behind the public scene. I've seen how they handle the pressures of the job; I've seen how they lead a staff; and I've seen how they would govern if elected to the most powerful office in the world.

Having seen the two of them, up close and over a long period of time, it is clear to me that while Tim Pawlenty possesses the judgment, the demeanor, and the readiness to serve as president, Michele Bachmann decidedly does not.

Here are the facts Carey cites to prove Bachmann's unreadiness:

The Bachmann campaign and congressional offices I inherited were wildly out of control. Stacks upon stacks of unopened contributions filled the campaign office while thousands of communications from citizens waited for an answer. If she is unable, or unwilling, to handle the basic duties of a campaign or congressional office, how could she possibly manage the magnitude of the presidency?

Bachmann's had a lot of staff turnover, which has raised questions about her management ability. But if this is the worst her former employees have on her--some uncashed checks and unanswered mail (the majority of which, let's be honest, was probably hate mail)--she's in the clear.

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