Less than 24 hours after losing four of the five states in yesterday’s Acela primaries, Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced major changes to his campaign for the Democrat nomination. Sanders is not dropping out at this point, but is laying off “hundreds” of staffers across the country to sharpen his focus on winning the big prize of California.Via The New York Times:
Senator Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off “hundreds” of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning California, said in an interview Wednesday.
The Vermont senator revealed the changes a day after losing four of the five states that voted Tuesday and falling further behind Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Despite the changes, Mr. Sanders said he would remain in the race through the party’s summer convention and stressed that he hoped to bring staff members back on board if his political fortunes improved.
“We want to win as many delegates as we can, so we do not need workers now in states around country,” Mr. Sanders said in the interview. “We don’t need people right now in Connecticut. That election is over. We don’t need them in Maryland. So what we are going to do is allocate our resources to the 14 contests that remain, and that means that we are going to be cutting back on staff.”
When asked how many people would be let go, Mr. Sanders didn’t give an exact number but did say many people would be affected.
“It will be hundreds of staff members,” Mr. Sanders said. “We have had a very large staff, which was designed to deal with 50 states in this country; 40 of the states are now behind us. So we have had a great staff, great people.”
Mr. Sanders said he planned to move a number of staff members to California, where he hoped to hold rallies for “hundreds of thousands” of people in cities across that state.
“California will have the most staff,” Mr. Sanders said. “Symbolically and in terms of delegates, if we can win the largest state in this country, that will send a real message to the American people and to the delegates that this is a campaign that is moving in the direction it should.”
Guess even Sanders has a hard time keeping up with all those minimum wage earners on his payroll.
Sanders continues to lag well behind rival Hillary Clinton in the delegate count, despite momentum and support that surprised just about everyone this year.
His message today suggests he remains in the campaign through the June 7 California primary, if not for the sake of actually competing for the nomination — which seems more far-fetched than ever now — but for having a platform to push for the inclusion of some of his key ideas in the Democrat platform.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]