A new report from the political magazine National Journal is the latest sign that former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry’s bid is on the ropes.
According to the report published Monday, the former Texas Governor’s campaign is no longer paying staffers in the early primary states. That includes his small team in South Carolina. State director Katon Dawson told the magazine that the campaign’s core team plans to continue working around South Carolina, even though they were last paid two weeks ago.
Perry is scheduled to visit the Upstate later this week, with stops planned at the Anderson Christian School in Anderson on Thursday, then the Beacon Drive-In restaurant in Spartanburg on Friday.
The campaign raised only $1.1 million nationwide in the second quarter, although his campaign is relying on a super PAC. Perry also missed the cutoff for a FOX News debate last week, polling at around 2 percent beforehand.
Perry’s campaign manager told the Washington Post on Tuesday that the team plans to focus their limited resources on paying for the former governor’s travel to early primary states (using commercial flights). The Republican will also continue touting his economic record and hope to get his message out through media interviews.
A similar story played out for the then-Texas governor in the 2012 campaign. Perry started out high in the polls when he entered the Republican field somewhat late in the primary process. He later admitted he was not prepared for a national campaign and was doomed by a series of debate gaffes that eventually sunk his popularity. He dropped out before South Carolina’s primary, following a weak finish in Iowa and New Hampshire.