Bachmann congressional spokesman heads to campaign

WASHINGTON – Rep. Michele Bachmann’s communications director, Doug Sachtleben, will be taking a leave of absence from her congressional office to work full-time on Bachmann’s presidential campaign.

The move is effective today, according to Bachmann’s congressional press secretary Becky Rogness.

Sachtleben only joined Bachmann’s office in December, having previously served as spokesman for the Senate campaign of Republican Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, who was defeated last November.

He’s also worked as a writer for the House Republican Conference and as a Capitol Hill reporter for the Salem Radio Network.

This is the second major personnel shift from Bachmann’s congressional office to her presidential campaign. Longtime aide and chief of staff Andy Parrish has relocated to Iowa to help organizing efforts in the state that’s considered central to Bachmann’s campaign strategy.

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