Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has stopped paying staff for his presidential campaign, signalling what could be the beginning of the end for his White House aspirations.
Perry dropped out of the 2012 race just before the South Carolina Presidential primary amid a heavy load of negative press.
(AUSTIN, Texas) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stopped paying his 2016 presidential campaign’s staff in the key early primary state of South Carolina, amid flagging poling numbers and sluggish fundraising.
Spokesman Lucy Nashed said late Monday that “tough decisions have to be made in respect to both monetary and time-related resources.”
“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,” Nashed said in a statement. “The Governor is also looking forward to his trips to South Carolina this Thursday and to Iowa next week.”
I'm one that think Rick Perry deserves more of a chance from Republican voters than he's been given. The state of Texas flourished under Governor Perry for 14 years and is still reaping the benefits of his leadership. Why a candidate with such a proven track record can't seem to gain ground with primary voters is more than a bit perplexing.
It is interesting to note that Perry's donations were just $1 million in the past month but his Super PAC has over $15 million. Presidential candidates have to build large organizations in key states in order to compete and campaign donations simply aren't enough for Perry to do so.
While the rest of the country has suffered economically since the crash of 2008, Texas has prospered, all under Rick Perry as Governor. The state has more jobs than it had even before the crash and the annual household income actually rose a bit instead of falling as in every other state. Businesses are flocking to the Lone Star State as are new residents.
Texas also has NO INCOME TAX and runs strictly on sales tax much like the Fairtax system.
Its more than a bit baffling why Perry can't connect with voters elsewhere in the country given he has a better record than any other candidate when it comes to economics.