Kamala Harris Plans to Fire Dozens of Staffers As Campaign Bleeds Cash

WASHINGTON -Senator Kamala Harris is trimming staff and restructuring her 2020 presidential campaign to focus more on the first nominating contest in Iowa, according to a campaign memo viewed by Reuters.

Harris will be “all-in on Iowa” and redeploy field staff from New Hampshire, Nevada and California there, while cutting staff at the campaign’s Baltimore headquarters, renegotiating contracts and reducing the salaries of her campaign manager and all consultants, according to the memo, which was first reported by Politico.

The memo from Campaign Manager Juan Rodriguez to staff, supporters and other “interested parties,” said the restructuring will “bolster” those efforts in Iowa, where Harris will spend the Thanksgiving holiday campaigning. Iowa hosts its caucuses on Feb. 3.

MORE: ISIS Leader’s Female Followers React With Rage After Being Told He’s Dead: ‘You Stupid Liars!’

“These decisions are difficult but will ensure the campaign is positioned to execute a robust Iowa ground game and a minimum 7-figure paid media campaign in the weeks leading up to the caucus,” said Rodriguez.

The campaign’s presence in South Carolina, which hosts the fourth nominating contest and which Harris has made central to her strategy, will not be affected, the memo said.

It said the move comes as Harris is battling to overcome a cash shortfall as she struggles to remain competitive in February’s Iowa caucuses.

Rodriguez noted that past campaigns have undergone similar reorganizations and the candidate has gone on to be their party’s nominee, mentioning Democrat John Kerry in 2004 and Republican John McCain in 2008.

“However, in a field of 18 candidates, we face an incredibly competitive resource environment,” he wrote. “To effectively compete with the top campaigns and make the necessary investments in the critical final 100 days to the caucus, we need to reduce expenditures elsewhere and realign resources.”

Rodriguez noted that since Harris launched her campaign, she has raised more than $35 million and finished the last quarter with the fourth most cash on hand, ahead of some candidates who lead her in opinion polls, where she has struggled to break into the top tier.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu.)

About Post Author

Follow Us