On the call, staffers were informed that job functions would change for some and that there would be across the board pay cuts. One person on the Friday morning staff call said they were left with the impression that “very few people will be left in Miami.”
Danny Diaz led the call. Sally Bradshaw also spoke. So did general counsel Megan Sowards.
Although campaign officials insisted they’re still in strong shape, the moves — combined with Bush’s stagnant poll numbers, despite millions having been spent by his Right to Rise super PAC on television ads over the last month — suggest otherwise.
According to donors, some of whom called for Bush to rein in its spending, the campaign’s assurances that its organizational and financial advantages had worn thin; and the third quarter FEC report, filed last Thursday, gave further definition to their growing concerns about the state of the campaign.
“These donors are not finding these explanations by the Bush team believable,” said one bundler, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “There’s a lot of frustration that a lot of money’s been spent and it hasn’t moved anything.”