Less than a month after a huge upset victory, and promises that fundraising would be ramped up, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is asking his senior staff to keep working for him without pay, while lower level campaign staff are seeing their salaries cut dramatically or eliminated altogether.
"The goal is to get a leaner, meaner campaign structure moving into Super Tuesday," says a senior campaign adviser.
But many of those being asked to take the cut are refusing, and walking away, leaving the campaign with holes to fill.
"The money simply hasn't come in at the rate that we expected," says the aide. "Florida is a $7 million commitment that we can't meet, and if we did, that leaves us exposed for Super Tuesday, where we have a lot of states and a lot media buys. We had to make tough decisions."
Huckabee is broke, Giuliani is broke, and Thompson just dropped out today. My brother said that his precinct is supporting Tancredo right now. I expect him to annouce his withdrawl today too, since Thompson took the big first step. It looks like we could be in for a three horse race between Ron Paul, McCain and Romney.
I'm doing what I can to get Ron Paul the nomination. He's the only true pro-gun, pro-liberty candidate.