Rick Perry is a day late and a literal dollar short to the Republican primaries—his campaign reportedly stopped paying staffers last week because he has no money left.
Perry, who has struggled to gain traction in his second presidential run, has stopped paying his staff at the national headquarters in Austin as well as in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to a Republican familiar with the Perry campaign who demanded anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
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.
Perry’s not bowing out—his super PAC is expected to pick up some of the slack—but sources tell the paper he’s going to have to make some humiliating compromises like “flying commercial” and “traveling without an entourage.”
Advisors say he needs “one breakout performance” to get the dollars flowing in again.
Is Donald Trump laughing so hard he’s actually bleeding? I wouldn’t bet against it.