Rep. Michele Bachmann’s chief of staff, Andy Parrish, has relinquished his post to take a different job with the Minnesota Republican, yet another indication Bachmann is preparing a White House bid.
Parrish has worked for Bachmann on and off since she served in the Minnesota Senate. As Roll Call reported, Parrish over the years has been one of Bachmann’s most trusted campaign aides. The Minnesota Republican has previously signaled that she intends to launch her White House bid this month in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born.
Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben declined to comment when asked Thursday afternoon to reveal Parrish’s new job. But he denied reports that Parrish has gone to work for Bachmann’s political action committee, MichelePAC.
“Andy Parrish is taking a temporary leave from the chief of staff position to work in a new position for Rep. Bachmann. The deputy chief for the office, Brooke Bialke, will serve in that capacity on an interim basis,” Sachtleben said.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.