Rick Perry is no longer paying his presidential-campaign team in South Carolina, and reportedly is not doing so anywhere else in the country either.
According to an interview the South Carolina campaign director gave to National Journal, the Perry team in the key early-voting state — its primary is the third contest and the first in the South — will “live off the land.”
Katon Dawson, Mr. Perry’s South Carolina state director, put a brave face on the development in the interview with NJ’s Shane Goldmacher, saying no changes in activities are planned and that the main members of the South Carolina Perry team — himself, Walter Whetsell and Le Frye — would continue working unpaid.
“Pay is only one reason people do this,” he said in the interview. “We’ll be able to live off the land for a while.”
“We’ll do it whether there’s pay or no pay,” Mr. Dawson said.
But later on Monday, CBS News reported that the Perry campaign’s pay woes have spread wider.
“Jeff Miller, Perry’s national campaign manager, told campaign staff on Friday that the only expenses moving forward would be for travel, a source close to Perry’s campaign told CBS News,” read the story by reporter Jake Miller.
The Perry has given staffers the approval to seek paying jobs elsewhere, CBS reported.
The former Texas governor has struggled in both fundraising and polling. He has barely risen above 1 or 2 percent support and didn’t make the Top 10 candidates invited to the main prime-time debate on Fox News last week.