Just hours after hiring her third campaign manager since March, Marianne Williamson lost six more employees, including her three-person team from South Carolina, who quit. The departures, which included some layoffs and resignations, followed a meeting on expanding ballot access for the Democratic presidential nominee beyond New Hampshire and South Carolina. The seemingly appropriate topic left Williamson feeling “ambushed” by her own team, according to Politico.
“During that meeting, there was a sense that she felt attacked and a hint at the end of that call that some of the staff would not be making it by the end of the week,” one person told Politico. “She didn’t listen to anything she said to herself…Clearly because the people who expressed their frustration were fired.”
“If you’re only thinking New Hampshire and South Carolina, then this is a scam,” the person said of Williamson, who (ahem) has a new book coming out late summer.
Williamson’s campaign faces a number of obstacles beyond access to ballots. The Democratic National Committee has decided not to host debates with President Joe Biden’s top challengers. In addition, there has been constant staff turnover, including several campaign managers, along with money concerns as the campaign trails its fellow Democratic primary opponents. Two of the four people told POLITICO that Williamson is likely to report less than $1 million in donations in its next quarterly financial report. …
Williamson registered significant early support, coming in at around 10 percent in the polls. But there haven’t been many gains since its launch. The team is now operating with a skeleton staff of about 12 as Williamson ramps up his campaign events.
Despite the layoffs, there has been at least one new hire: an events coordinator, who previously worked in marketing for Williamson’s business office, according to two of the four people. Williamson, by the way, has a new book coming out at the end of the summer.