You can’t run for President if you don’t have good fundraising prospects. If you don’t perform well in the first debate when you are a long shot in the first place, the donors and the money dries up. When that happens, you can’t afford to pay your staff and soon after that, you have no campaign.
According to National Journal:
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign team in South Carolina is no longer being paid by his presidential campaign, National Journal has learned.
“Pay is only one reason people do this,” Katon Dawson, Perry’s South Carolina state director, said in an interview. “We’ll be able to live off the land for a while.”
But the problems may not just be in South Carolina, it appears that things may be much worse than that. The Washington Post reported late last night:
Perry campaign manager Jeff Miller told staff last Friday, the day after the first Republican presidential debate, that they would no longer be paid and are free to look for other jobs — and, so far at least, most aides have stuck with Perry — according to this Republican.
“As the campaign moves along, tough decisions have to be made in respect to both monetary and time related resources,” Miller said in a statement. “Governor Perry remains committed to competing in the early states and will continue to have a strong presence in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”
It looks like Perry is going to try to hold on as long as he can, but I can’t imagine that he will prolong the inevitable much longer. With this news, there’s no doubt that anyone that was planning to send him a check this coming payday will most likely wait to see how things are going to shake out.