In a New York Times story published today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) tells reporter Trip Gabriel that she “should have done that Google search” before tapping Ed Rollins to be her campaign manager.
With a reporter on board, Mrs. Bachmann retreated to a lounge in the back to plan for her speech on illegal immigration with Brett O’Donnell, a former college debate coach who has worked with George W. Bush and John McCain. Mr. O’Donnell has become one of Mrs. Bachmann’s closest advisers after the high-profile departure of Ed Rollins as campaign manager in September.
Eventually she emerged and took a seat on a couch. She said critical comments Mr. Rollins made to reporters after stepping aside were dismaying.
“When it comes to personnel issues, I act professionally and respectful of former employees,” she said. “I just assume that’s a two-way street. It’s disappointing when it’s not.”
When it was pointed out that Mr. Rollins has a history of speaking sharply about candidates who once employed him, Mrs. Bachmann offered a tight smile. “I guess I should have done that Google search,” she said.
Rollins, for his part, tells National Review Online that he should have done more research, too. “Well, if I would have Googled her, I would have found out she had 6 chiefs of staff in 5 years,” he says.