Former Des Moines Tea Party leader Charlie Gruschow has resigned from Atlanta businessman Herman Cain’s presidential campaign, the third resignation from Cain’s Iowa staff in recent days.
Gruschow resigned Sunday “to pursue other interests,” Iowa-based conservative blogger Shane Vander Hart reported, adding: “Gruschow had been an early supporter and activist for Cain having been with him since last year even though he was only on the payroll since May.” Gruschow had been quoted in a Sunday article by Politico saying he was “optimistic” about the Cain campaign in Iowa.
Last week, Cain’s Iowa organizational director Tina Goff and Iowa straw poll director Kevin Hall both resigned. The resignations of Goff and Hall were “the best thing that could happen” to Cain, said one Iowa Republican activist, who said the pair were “hated” by many of Cain’s grassroots supporters. While Goff and Hall were running Cain’s Iowa operation, they “basically ignored” Gruschow in recent weeks, the Republican activist told The American Specator, adding that the situation had cost the campaign support of many of its early volunteers from the Tea Party movement.
Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael said Sunday that the campaign would announce new staff hires Tuesday. Reporting Friday that the campaign raised $2.46 million during the second quarter, Carmichael had said recent staff resignations — which included Cain’s New Hampshire director Matt Murphy — were part of the campaign’s “growing pains.”
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