Signs of Trouble for Huckabee Campaign

Via Politico:  Mike Huckabee cuts salaries of senior staff

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, struggling with its low standing in the polls and underwhelming fundraising, slashed the salaries of senior staffers amid the departure of its top communications aide.

The salary reductions took place over the past few weeks, according to multiple Republican sources familiar with the Huckabee campaign’s operations. The reductions were limited to senior staff, according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the candidate’s daughter and campaign manager.

The abrupt departure of Alice Stewart, Huckabee’s communications director, was partly due to disagreements within the communications shop about the direction of the campaign and partly because of the salary cuts, several Republicans inside and outside the campaign said.

As I have noted before:  winnowing is coming.

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  1. Joel S. says:

    It was announced in National Review that Tony Perkins and the Grand Ayatollahs…. errr… I mean leaders of the social conservative movement had a round of conferences in Tyson’s Corner VA and decided to unite behind Ted Cruz.

    Cruz is slowly announcing endorsements from the religious wingnut crowd in timed releases. Today he got the endorsement of James Dobson. Not long ago it was the National Organization for Marriage.

    Without these folks, Huckabee has no chance in Hell. They were once his best friends and now they buried him (metaphorically).

  2. Ron Beasley says:

    Huckabee decided in 2012 to stick with his day jobs at FOX news and talk radio. For the first time in his life he was making good money. He should have stuck with that idea in 2016. After a humiliating presidential campaign FOX News will not be interested anymore and probably talk radio won’t be as profitable as it was before. This will be especially true when he refuses to endorse Cruz.
    Perhaps he has stashed enough away to retire comfortably in Arkansas but I doubt he has enough money to retire in NYC.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:


  4. grumpy realist says:

    Huckabee’s still running?

    BTW, speaking of what-happens-after-you-drop-out, Jindal’s running around Louisiana on a farewell tour which seems to be one last desperate last-ditch attempt to mend his reputation in the history books as “Louisiana’s Biggest Loser EVER.” The newspapers are having a field day. Even the local Fox News has been needling Jindal about all the free security and help he got the state to pay for on his many jaunts up to Iowa and how come he doesn’t pay it back, hmmm?

  5. Ron Beasley says:

    @Ron Beasley: Jindal has few if any friends left in the State. Even the Republicans are glad he is gone. The new Democratic governor is moving to undo much of what Jindal did in eight years and is meeting little resistance.