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