In a blistering op-ed in The Des Moines Register, a former chief of staff to Michele Bachmann says his former boss is “decidedly” unprepared for the presidency, and he urges Iowa voters to join him in supporting Tim Pawlenty. “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,” writes Ron Carey, a former chairman of the Republican Party in Minnesota.
Carey writes of his time working for Bachmann, suggesting she was poorly equipped to do the work required in Congress, and would be unfit for the Oval Office:
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?
In praising Pawlenty, Carey is unrestrained in his comments about Bachmann:
I know Michele Bachmann very well. She is a faithful conservative with great oratory skills, but without any leadership experience or real results from her years in office. She is not prepared to assume the White House in 2013.
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