Kamala Harris Is Laying Off Staff, Restructuring Campaign: Report

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2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris will dramatically restructure her campaign and slash staffers as she hemorrhages cash, according to sources and a memo Politico obtained.

The changes come as the Democratic California senator prepares to take on Iowa amid fears that she cannot compete with better-funded opponents in the state. Campaign manager Juan Rodriguez will cut his salary that was about $10,000 a month in the third quarter, Politico reported Wednesday, citing the memo.

Rodriguez described an “incredibly competitive resource environment” in the memo as candidates compete for donors’ campaign dollars. (RELATED: Harris Talks Health Care For Babies. Her Plan Funds Abortion)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28: Democratic Presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) greets supporters following a town hall at the Eastern State Penitentiary on October 28, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, and others involved with the criminal justice system hosted the town hall with three 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Kamala Harris greets supporters following a town hall at the Eastern State Penitentiary on Oct. 28, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

“From the beginning of this campaign, Kamala Harris and this team set out with one goal — to win the nomination and defeat [President] Donald Trump in 2020. This requires us to make difficult strategic decisions and make clear priorities, not threaten to drop out or deploy gimmicks,” Rodriguez wrote in the memo, Politico reported.

“Plenty of winning primary campaigns, like John Kerry’s in 2004 and John McCain’s in 2008, have had to make tough choices on their way to the nomination, and this is no different,” Rodriguez added.

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