Wednesday, April 11, 2007

McCain Downsizes Campaign Staff

Sen. John McCain 's campaign retooling continues.

Manager Terry Nelson is trimming some of the organization's vestigial edges to pare down costs and more efficiently distribute key staff. Contrary to rumors, the campaign is not shedding weight in order to slow down its cash burn rate.

Nelson has decided to eliminated several staff positions from the campaign's May budget, some yet to be filled. In addition, several campaign consultants will see their contracts modified. Others currently on retainer will work for the campaign on a per-project basis.

In other words, McCain is screwed. He isn't raising enough money to justify all the expenses from staffing, so he is going smaller. This is a terrible sign for his campaign no matter how they try to spin it.