Senator Kamala Harris went from being touted as the next Obama to polling at 3% for the Democrat 2020 nomination.
Despite raising some $11 million in the previous quarter, Harris’ numbers are disastrous. She’s burning through money to no avail. Her focus on Iowa has not only failed to improve her ratings there, they’ve actually gone down. The true acid test will be South Carolina, where she’ll see if she can break away some of Joe Biden’s black voters, and if she fails there, it’s all over but the convention speech.
Meanwhile her campaign is preparing for the worst.
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 by POLITICO Wednesday, 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.
The belt tightening is getting so serious that her campaign manager is cutting his $10K salary. A month.
Campaign Manager Juan Rodriguez will cut his own 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 are plans to stash enough resources for a seven-figure media buy in the weeks before the Iowa caucus.
And that losing candidate… was me.