Michele Bachmann's debate coach reportedly prohibited Marcus from sleeping in her bed
O'Donnell (left) didn't want Michele sleeping with Marcus while on the campaign trail, says a former Bachmann staffer.
In an interview with BuzzFeed Politics, Peter Waldron, Michele Bachmann's National Field Coordinator during her ill-fated presidential campaign, says that Michele developed an "unnatural" and "Rasputin-like" relationship with her former debate coach, Brett O'Donnell.
This is the second time in a week Waldron has said bad things about his former boss -- he's the same guy who recently said Bachmann still won't pay her Iowa campaign staffers unless they sign a nondisclosure agreement "that prohibits any discussion of any criminal, moral, and/or unethical behavior witnessed during Mrs. Bachmann's campaign in Iowa."
Here are direct quotes from Waldron's email to BuzzFeed:
[O'Donnell] prohibited her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, from sleeping in the same room with wife while on the campaign trail. He prohibited legendary consultants Ed Rollins and Ed Goeas from attending debate prep sessions. He told her when she could get off the bus, he wrote most of the words that came out of her mouth, he wrote all of her speeches...
Frankly, Brett exercised 'Rasputin-like control over Michele [sic]. More than one staffer was grateful to God that she didn't win the nomination because of the influence that Brett had over her...
He attempted to re-shape Mrs. Bachmann's personality from her popular 2010 to spring 2011 into his own image. Pastors in IA and SC complained to me privately that Mrs. Bachmann spent too much time alone with Brett, they even criticized the times the two of them held hands to pray apart from others. Brett resented Mrs. Bachmann's confidence in me...
Once she asked me to ride on the bus with her to pray. Brett's objection was so intense that for the good of the order, I followed the bus in my personal vehicle. On one occasion, she whispered to me, 'Peter, don't get off the bus no matter who tells you to get off.' Another time, her personal assistant told me, 'Peter, Michele does not want to you leave. Stay on the bus. Please pray for us.'...
Brett held her captive day after day, speech after speech, etc. in the back of the bus during the 99-county tour. By the end, she was broken emotionally, mentally, and slept in her private cabin in the back of the bus. I do not know if she has ever recovered.
But in his own email to BuzzFeed, O'Donnell says Waldron's story is "completely false."
"Your source for your outrageous claim is a disgruntled campaign employee who has little knowledge of reality," O'Donnell writes. "Why is this news now anyway?"
You're right, Brett -- it's not news that Marcus isn't thrilled to sleep with Michele.
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