January 5th, 2008
09:21 AM ET
7 years ago

Richardson lays off staff

 Richardson is laying off part of his campaign staff.

Richardson is laying off part of his campaign staff.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has laid off campaign staffers, one day after he placed a distant fourth in the Iowa caucuses, a campaign aide confirms to CNN.

“We had an extremely large staff in Iowa, and since we have moved onto New Hampshire we have had some layoffs,” Richardson’s presidential campaign spokesman Tom Reynolds told CNN Friday.

Citing strategic political reasons, Reynolds would not say how many campaign aides were let go. He did say that no senior campaign staffers have been asked to take pay cuts.

“We have the resources we need to be competitive in the early states,” Reynolds said.

It is not unheard of for candidates who are struggling to stay in the race to trim their staffs.

Reynolds said the governor remains focused on winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

“We have a solid ground game in New Hampshire,” Reynolds said. “The smaller field is going to allow Richardson to draw greater contrasts, especially on the war in Iraq, which is going to benefit our campaign.”

–CNN Political Editor Mark Preston


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  1. phoenix

    probably best qualified candidate in the democratic candidates. but he lacks the charisma that is important . obama if he wins the primaries, he should choose bill as vice president.choosing edwards is a mistake.he is too cunning.

    January 5, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Beverley Maas

    Mr Edwards should not be so quick to be eliminating anyone from this Presidential race.......President Bush did not win in New Hampshire, and he won the nomination and the presidency. And he should not be knocking Hillary for the fact that she has raised so much money......Edwards could have done the same thing......I was leaning towards Edwards, but not any longer, he would have to have a really great platform for his presidency for me to change my mind.

    January 5, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Don Kosin

    Hillary is a major BABE!!! Clearly she is qualified to be Presidant!!! I wish that she wouldn't color her hare. I like a dark shade of gray for me woman.

    January 5, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. samed

    I truely believe Obama is the kind of guy this country need at this point in time. We need some who can bring us together again.

    January 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Richardson is not well known to a lot of voters. We in El Paso get a lot of NM news, unlike voters in Iowa or New Hampshire. Richardson is like Biden in that he is highly qualified, very stable, very intelligent, and very worthy of voters' consideration. The lack of cash (corporate cash is what fuels elections) has been a crippling handicap to him. It is not part of the core concept of democracy that only candidates who can raise cash by the tens of millions are worthy of holding high office.

    Corporations and affluent voters do not give money to candidates without a clear understanding that they personally will benefit if the candidate is elected. Since more and more money is being transferred to our very small very rich upper class, the 50% of the electorate who have less than $47,000 in annual home income are effectively disenfranchised. The wealthy can effectively veto a candidacy by withholding contributions.

    The occasional popular candidate will emerge, like Huckabee, who arouses passions in the true-believers, but this will happen less often as time goes by. And, I predict that Huckabee will not win the nomination. The moneyed interests will pour money into other campaigns and overwhelm the Huckabee effort.

    In the current environment, a reincarnated Abraham Lincoln could not possibly be elected.

    It is way past time for 100% government financing of political campaigns. The affluent argue that giving money is protected by the free speech provisions of the Constitution, but that is absolute hogwash. Political speech comes out of your mouth or out of your pen, not out of your wallet.

    January 5, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. James, Houston,TX.

    Bill Andele , Si Se Puede ! Con Mucho Animo!

    January 5, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Julie in VT

    I'm encouraged by many of the comments thus far supporting Bill Richardson, the ONLY candidate running who is truly fit for the job of POTUS. As for "Emmy's" comment as a New Mexican – I find it difficult to believe what she writes considering Bill was overwhelmingly reelected, including getting 40% of the Repubulican vote.

    BIll Richardson is the ONLY candidate running who would TROUNCE the Republican nominee next November. I'm shocked (but not really, considering Dem stupidity in '04) that folks are such sheeple in gravitating to the "big 3" none of whom have ANY real world experience in governing and foreign affairs. What a sad state our country is in.....

    January 5, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Teddy, ND, IN

    Wow it looks like Hillary supporters came out in force already throwing out baseless facts. I think everyone should do their research and decide for themselves what is most important to them. I never understood why so many republicans have become one or two issue voters when the candidates often are different from them on 60 percent of the issues. I am for Obama and I would hope everyone would see him as the best candidate as I have, but thats not reality. Hillary has been saying she has experience but being first lady would be great if she had any involvement in public policy other that the, "hun i just don't think that policy is fair" or "hun i would like to talk to the wife of the prime minister's wife while you are with the prime minister". bill was a great president but Hillary will be such a roll of the dice that it is not worth it. Do your research and make the best choice for America that will bring change to this great nation.

    January 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Greg, Houston

    Too bad. Probably the most qualified of all the candidates. In this country we don't want qualifications, we want looks and popularity.

    January 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. CM

    Bill Richardson is the type of democrat that the democrats should be nominating to run for president. As a republican, I could vote for him as he is a well qualified, honest, and hardworking politician. I am not that extremely excited about the republican field this year but there is no way that I will ever vote for Obama or Hillary as they have done a great job to alienate succesful small business owners such as myself with the tax the rich to give to the poor mantra. My question is, if taxes go up (and hence my bottom line), which employee(s) do I have to let go and shift the work onto the remaining staff to remain competative in my business. I believe Richardson would take a much more balenced and reasonable approach to taxes than either HC or BO. Unfortunately (and fortunately for the republicans), the democrats seem to run the extreme left on the national tickets.

    January 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Louis-NM

    Well someone has to say it. We have the lesser of how many evils. This country is not goig to elect anyone with a name of Obama at this time of our lives. Not going to happen. Then we have "The Woman President. Not my first choice but looks like what we'll be stuck with and will have "no choice."

    January 5, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Josh-NM

    Where's Ross Perot when ya need him?

    January 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Desiree, Queens, New York

    We are puppets of the media. The media tells us who's important and who's not. I think Bill Richardson is a very good canidate but the media rarely addresses any thing he does or says and has told us that he's never going to be anything more than a VP in this race.

    January 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Jacque Bauer, Los Angeles, CA

    Powered by shameless ego. Give it up, Billy Boy. You had an "extremely large staff" in Iowa and practically lived there. The numbers have spoken and you probably received less votes than the number of your staff workers.

    You are not wanted. Give it up and go away.

    January 5, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Tom Wittmann

    What Richardson is doing and saying would be ridiculous, if it were not outrageous.

    To say that being fourth in Iova (after his intensive efforts) is promising, forgetting to add that his votes were about 1/16th of the first and 1/7th of the third can only be qualified as a mockery of the citizens of New Mexico, where their governor, instead of addressintg between many other most grave problems of corruption, squander, crime, education and inefficiency, is now nearly for a year pursuing an absurd quest for the presidency.

    Not so absurd from his personal point of view, as his intention seems to be to
    build a sizable, even if small, loyal followship between the Hispanics which he
    thinks to be able to barter against prospective federal government positions with
    one of the leading candidates.. Unfortunately for him, his fellowhip is shrinking parallely topeople realicing his nil chances and history teaches that votes are in
    a high pecentage not transferable

    January 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. caroline

    Hello America:

    IS TIME TO GET TOGETHER AND DECIDE FOR A "REAL PRESIDENT" OF THE
    U.S.A. PROMISES ONLY HAVE BRING ALL OF US TO THESE VERY POOR
    STATUS IN AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD.

    PLEASE FRIENDS PRAY THAT WE GET SOMEONE HONEST TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES...AND NOT A POLICEMAN OF THE WORLD.

    THE NEXT PRESIDENT(SHE OR HE)WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
    WORK ON THE HEALTH CARE,EDUCATION AND PROVIDE US WITH SOMETHING WE US, AMERICANS NEED.... RESPECT!

    BE PREPARE TO VOTE,IS THE ONLY WAY TO CHANGE THINGS FOR BETTER
    FUTURE GENERATIONS!

    u.s

    u.s.a ppROMISES

    January 5, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Adam

    Bill should stay in for now. With Biden and dodd gone there is 1 foreign policy expert left. Everyone else on the stage tonight will be a lawyer he's a foreign affairs expert.

    He has a better record of cutting taxes than any republican in the race.

    He is pro second amendment.

    He has already talked to america's enemies.

    He is an important part of the coalition of governors pushing energy independence and GHg policy.

    He may not be the great orator that obama is, but he is a remarkably different democratic candidate and he should let a primary accurately measure his support and let 5 day's of reflection guide the supporters to new candidates rather than the few hours of a caucus.

    Any red state democratic governor than won relection with 68% of the vote deserves a strong look in a narrowed field of candidates. Without richardson pushing the war issue this last year hitting every other candidate except kucinich on their lack of a commitment to get out in their first term our parties primary position heading into the war would be leaving the door wide open for an independent anti war candidate to destroy our electoral chances in november.

    Bill has already added great value to the process and party platform simply by being on stage. I'm hoping he talks more about his tax record as a governor and killing No child left behind and instead providing funding for teachers salaries and math and science teachers as well as a way for people to work of their debt in public service. That should play in NH that typically dislikes washington mandates that tell you how to do things. Well no child left behind is one of those that also provides no funding.

    January 5, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Daniel M, El Paso, TX

    Ignorant americans! To busy looking for the star power and not paying attention to what matters. We are glued to news of Britney Spears and a "black" presidential candidiate. Look at what he has done. Look at how he has done it. The democratic primaries are turning out to be a dog and pony show with Clinton and Obama. Literally combined their political careers are 1/3 less than that of Gov. Richardson. We need some one to lead from the first day in the White House right? And how exactly do two senators with 7 years or less experience in the national lime light plan to accomplish this? I'll probably move to Canada or Mexico if Hillary wins. Obama maybe not but never underestimate a man who has the experience to actually lead.

    January 5, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Marie Gilbert, Reno, NV

    Cutting his staff to manage his budget... much like his plan for the US budget. Pragmatic for long term results.

    He's the best qualified candidate on either side. I hope the debate gives him the opportunity to get it all out there. Come November he's got the best chance of confronting the wacko right wing onslaught – but that's not going to sell papers, so sadly I suspect the media will continue to lust over the drama queen's dirty laundry and we'll end up worse off for it.

    Big hopes to Obama to add him as VP. Charisma for change meets experience and brains.

    January 5, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Michelle in WA

    Bill Richardson is the most qualified of all the candidates in either party. I have supported him since before he made his official announcement to run. I don't understand why it is so newsworthy to make negative points out of him laying off campaign staff in a state that is done with their primary/caucus. Exactly what should he continue paying them to do for him in Iowa?

    The media hasn't given Bill Richardson a fair shake from the get go. I'm getting really tired of the glossy candidates the media and corporations support. Same big money blah blah blah, different day.

    BILL RICHARDSON FOR PRESIDENT 2008

    January 5, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. VOTE RON PAUL.

    it's too bad that more people don't support ron paul. he's a decent guy and he might do this country some good for an honest president. it's about time richardson, guiliani and all other insignificant players dropped out.

    January 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Emmy

    Jacque Bauer of Los Angeles, California, Well Said Woman! Some of my family and friends gave that egotistical Governor $1000 each to support his selfish ambition. Those thousand dollar donations were precious money for my parents and to see him throw this money away on a pipe dream after NH results will just be too horrible. There are still so many problems in NM and he and his entourage of supporters continually present themselves as political royalty. It is disgusting how everytime he goes out into the public, he behaves as if he is some mafia Godfather holding court. His public persona that he gives back east is amazing considering his Godfather demeanor here in NM.

    If he really cared about this country in the way he claims, he will get out of the way and tell his supporters to give their support to Obama and Edwards. Unlike Richardson, Obama and Edwards are clean, not perfect, but clean and fierce fighters. I truly believe that an Obama/Edwards ticket is the most powerful gift every democratic candidate for president could give a hurting America. If Richardson is truly devoted to making NM and America greater, he would run against Heather Wilson and kick that calculating witch out.

    We need a Congress and Senate that will adopt and create the solutions that will be presented by Obama and Edwards. Our country is drowning in corruption. Be very very careful about the real agenda behind CNN's Lou Dobbs, Ego of the 1st Degree. He won't acknowledge the history, agenda and reality of what Obama and Edwards have been presenting in response to the needs of the working families of our country. Shame on Lou. You really had some of us convinced that you really cared about the middle class, but this "crocodile" concern has only been a vehicle for you.

    January 5, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. Preston

    IF ANYBODY WAS PAYING ATTENTION, YOU'D ALL VOTE FOR DENNIS KUCINICH!!!!! KUCINICH IS THE *BEST CANDIDATE, BY FAR!!!

    WHY ISN'T HE AT THE TOP OF THE PACK???!!! IF YOU STUDY HIS POSITIONS ON THE ISSUES, HE'D BE ELECTED IN A HEARTBEAT!!!

    PLEASE LOOK INTO KUCINICH!!! HE IS THE BEST CANDADATE BY FAR!!!

    January 5, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Chris, Middletown, CT

    What was he running under again....his inability to affect change as the energy secretary (having the same conversations about oil dependence he had 20 years ago....) – "experience = inaction" – then give me inexperience

    Companies like to get people just out of school....because they haven't been told "thats not possible" yet

    A recent poll shows that 70% of American describe themselves as "moderates" – social liberals and fiscal conservatives....theres only one running – Giuliani (now if you are willing to forego getting marital and child rearing advice from the president – he will be an excellent one) and another plus corrupt unions hate him too....

    January 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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