Hmm…Bachmann Chief Of Staff Leaving For New Position

In another sign that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appears to be on the verge of running for president, her Congressional Chief of Staff is now leaving the office — to take up an unspecified “exciting new position” with her.

The Star Tribune reports that Parrish wrote an e-mail to other staffers, saying he was taking this new post. “I will be able to tell you more about what I am doing in the near future,” he wrote. “I will reach out to each of you directly to talk to you more about this.”

The Star Tribune reports that it is believed Parrish, who has worked on Bachmann’s House campaigns, would become Bachmann’s presidential campaign manager.

When asked by TPM for confirmation of whether Parrish was leaving the Capitol office in order to work on a political campaign for Bachmann, spokesman Doug Sachtleben wrote back: “Andy is taking a temporary leave of absence from the Congressional office, but will continue to work with Rep. Bachmann.”

Bachmann has already said that she has prayed for guidance about what her 2012 decision would be, and that, “yes, I’ve had that calling.”