Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign may already be in trouble. Her campaign finance director is already jumping ship.
In such a crowded field, fundraising is going to be a challenge for all of the candidates.
Elizabeth Warren’s finance director leaving campaign
Michael Pratt, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s finance director, is in the process of leaving Warren’s presidential campaign as a result of the senator’s recent decision to swear off soliciting money from wealthy donors during the primaries, according to a Warren campaign aide.
The aide told CNN Sunday morning that Pratt was “still a consultant but winding things down and transitioning out since we made the decision not to have (Warren) do high dollar events.”
News of the departure came at the close of the first quarter fundraising deadline. In the coming days, a more complete picture of the Warren campaign’s fundraising efforts is expected to come into focus. Her team has so far not released any early fundraising numbers, raising speculation that she is lagging behind her competitors.
The New York Times reported Sunday that Pratt resigned after a Valentine’s Day meeting in Washington that eventually “grew heated,” in which Pratt “noted that campaigns often collapse when they run out of money and pleaded with her not to cut off a significant cash stream.”
One of the issues Warren is facing is her trouble connecting with voters. She’s not coming across as someone who understands the issues people care about.
The New York Times reports:
And the contours of the 2020 race are nothing if not uncertain. Ms. Warren does not face the sort of unease within factions of the party that Mr. Sanders and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. do, and presidential history is littered with examples of candidates who surged late when other contenders unraveled.
However, the history of Democratic primaries is also filled with would-be reformers who fell short because they chiefly appealed to white voters — and that is who dominates Ms. Warren’s audiences, even in a heavily black city like Memphis.
“It was noticeable,” said Jennings Bernard, a longtime pastor and political activist, who attended Ms. Warren’s event here. “The concerns of the people in this audience are not the concerns of this community.”
In the interview, Ms. Warren offered little explanation for why her policy-filled, 43-stops-and-counting campaign has not inspired a groundswell of small-donor support or gotten her more traction in early polling.
She just doesn’t have as much appeal on a national stage.