One of Rep. Michele Bachmann's top political advisers is reducing his role in her presidential campaign in what appears to be a shakeup as the Minnesota congresswoman struggles to maintain her momentum.
Ed Rollins, a respected veteran of many Republican presidential campaigns -- including the late president Ronald Reagan's -- is stepping down from his day-to-day duties for what he and the campaign say are health reasons. He'll become a senior adviser. Rollins' deputy, David Polyansky, is leaving the campaign.
In a statement released late Monday, the Bachmann campaign announced it is "executing a planned restructuring strategy," likely in response to the entrance into the presidential race of Gov. Rick Perry, a candidate who appeals to the same populist, socially conservative constituency as Bachmann and who already has a national fundraising network.
Since Perry entered the race, he has rocketed to the top of the polls while Bachmann's once meteoric rise has halted.
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