Kamala Harris may not last much longer in this Democrat primary.
Her campaign is struggling to raise money and remain relevant. She has even begun cutting staffers. Is this the beginning of the end?
Kamala Harris to slash staff, restructure campaign as she hemorrhages cash
Kamala Harris is dramatically restructuring her campaign by redeploying staffers to Iowa and laying off dozens of aides at her Baltimore headquarters, according to campaign sources and a memo obtained Wednesday by POLITICO, as she struggles to resuscitate her beleaguered presidential bid.
The moves come as Harris is hemorrhaging cash and in danger of lacking the resources to mount a competitive bid against better-funded rivals in Iowa. The overhaul will touch nearly every facet of Harris’ operation, with layoffs or re-deployments coming at headquarters, as well as in New Hampshire, Nevada and her home state of California, a Super Tuesday prize that her advisers once viewed as a big asset.
Campaign Manager Juan Rodriguez will cut his salary, according to the memo, which was just over $10,000 a month in the third quarter of the year. Harris’ consultants will also have their payments reduced and the campaign plans to trim and renegotiate other contracts to slash overhead. Along with getting back in the black, a big motivation behind the cost-cutting decisions is a plan to stash enough resources for a seven-figure media buy in the weeks before the Iowa caucus.
The major shake-up is the latest strategic maneuver to help rescue a campaign that was still being viewed as a likely early-state juggernaut three months ago after Harris confronted Joe Biden in a debate over school busing.
The polling numbers are not good.
New Suffolk/USA Today NATIONAL poll (counts for both the November and December debates)
Everyone else at or below 2 percent https://t.co/N3bYKoP3RC
— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) October 30, 2019
This is an excellent point.
Dear @KamalaHarris. When you're in a Democrat PRIMARY (where Democrats select their candidate) and blame your lack of "electability" on racism and sexism you do understand that you are calling DEMOCRATS racists and sexists…right?? Probably should have thought that through 🤔
— Mark W. Stephens (@markwstephens) October 31, 2019
She has made some very poor choices.