November 7th, 2007
08:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Richardson moves South Carolina staff to Iowa

The staff moves signal that Richardson is counting on a strong showing in Iowa.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - CNN has learned that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be moving several members of his South Carolina staff to Iowa in the coming days, another signal that Richardson is counting on a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses to boost his bid for the Democratic nomination.

The move comes on the heels of Tuesday's news that Richardson is also redirecting campaign staff to Iowa from another early caucus state, Nevada.

Richardson spokeswoman Katie Roberts confirmed the personnel shift, which will include Richardson's South Carolina state director Lachlan McIntosh. The campaign will leave some field organizers in place in South Carolina.

"We will be sending some members or our South Carolina staff to Iowa to help," Roberts said in an email. "But the Richardson for President Campaign will maintain and support a strong organization in the state of South Carolina, continuing to build and grow support throughout the state. Governor Richardson is fully committed to competing in all the early primary states."

Richardson is currently in fourth place in Iowa state polls, behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards. Richardson has failed to gain similar traction in South Carolina, where most polls show Clinton and Obama with significant leads.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iowa • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    I'm really surprised that the Dems aren't really liking Richardson. He is the only one with "executive branch" experience. Also, when was the last time this country elected a Senator? I believe that would be JFK. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here...

    November 7, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Daniel, NY

    The latest ARG poll of Iowa out last week has Richardson dropping a bit at 7%, down from being in the double-digits all sumer... so this is a much-needed move for him.

    November 7, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Ray, Rochester

    This goofball should lay off the Big Macs. Geez Richardson, ever hear of a salad?

    November 7, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. LeeAnn, San Francisco, CA

    As much a people hate hearing this, someone who is uncomfortable and goofy in front of the cameras as Richardson will never get elected – I don't care how much experience he has. He comes off like the lion who just ate the tin man. Fat and stiff.

    November 7, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. ano to

    WOW! this guy is second to Hillary,
    Sad world we live in

    November 7, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Sharyn, CT

    It only shows that the campaign sees that Richardson can truly break through in Iowa and get ahead of one (or all) of the top 3. They wouldn't send a state director from another state if they didn't think otherwise...

    November 7, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Kent Brown, Huger, South Carolina

    A low down dirty shame that Richardson, with all of his experience, is not leading in ALL polls. SHAME on my fellow democrats for not recognizing SUBSTANCE over "American Idol" type politics.

    November 7, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Pete, Washington

    Perhaps Mr. Ricardson will be bringing his staff to Iowa to help Hillary, because he felt sorry for her at being 'piled on', AND maybe Hillary might pick him for the VP job.

    November 7, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Ismael, Evanston, IL

    Go Bill Richardson!

    November 7, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. john williams san diego, ca.

    the next joke to kucinich, gravel and ron paul...this former clintonista was a failure as U.N. ambassador(as was another clintonista madeline halfbright),he was a BIG failure as sec. of energy.(remember los alamos)he wants open borders with dialogue...GO AWAY

    November 7, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Steve Mantua, NJ

    This has nothing to do with him "breaking through in Iowa." That's ridiculous. He's polling in the single digits with respect to South Carolina and Nevada. The term were looking for here is "all or nothing." Richardson sends all his staffers to Iowa and in the end it means nothing...

    November 7, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Steve D Aztec, NM

    As a politics junkie from New Mexico I've followed Richardson pretty closely. He is a true believer when it comes to the DLC pro business line. When he was elected Governor his first act was to force the Lege to pass a huge tax cut for the rich and big business. While that was coupled with eliminating gross receipts taxes on food and medicine much of that money went to counties and communities where it could be used for local purposes. You wouldn't believe how much local taxes have gone up to cover that shortfall. I've also had some experience with the man when he was my
    Congressman. In community meetings and brief one on one discussions he always sounded good but all promises to have a staffer get in touch and help with some problem or another were, to put it kindly, lies. Bill Richardson sounds good but the truth behind that is quite another story. To get a feeling for the "literal" truth of the two faces find a good photo of Bill from three or four years ago and make a guess about how much all that plastic surgery cost ;-).
    If you are a Progressive, Richardson is just a suit full of stinking hot air.

    November 7, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Expat Teacher

    Just to note, although the campaign is moving people from Nevada, they have also hired staff to cover those staff departures so there is no change in campaign staff in Nevada.

    In South Carolina, with 50% of the Democratic primary voters being African-American, it will be tough for anyone but Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to get much of the vote in South Carolina. Even local boy, John Edwards, isn't contesting South Carolina.

    It should also be worth noting that South Carolina is a primary state, while Iowa is a caucus state. Primary states require less organization from the candidates because primaries are easier for voters to cast their ballot than the longer and drawn out caucus format.

    Also, South Carolina will be the 4th of the early states, so whoever has the momentum will capture a lot of those voters who are undecided. It is easier to generate momentum with a win in Iowa and New Hampshire than to try to fight the tide and staging a fight in the 4th state.

    November 7, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. brian new mexico

    He has a very good chance I really hope he'll take second place those other 2 I can't listen to them any more.Bill is very likeable guy,His state he will win.Bill does have expierence you can't revolve around that issue.

    November 7, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Bentley, Rockland, ME

    I love Richardson! I hope this move will bring him a win in Iowa. If he only had more of a chance to get his message across - as soon as folks learn about his positions and his experience, he wins them over.

    November 8, 2007 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  16. Matt Lansing, MI

    If Bill Richardson is nominated for VP, I will give up the Democratic Party. He looked foolish on Charlie Rose when Charlie presented him with any questions of substance. Just my two sense.

    November 8, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Matt Lansing, MI

    Meant "two cents." Sorry.

    November 8, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Steve Mantua, NJ

    And for the record Mark in Columbus:

    Nixon and Johnson were both senators and they both came after Kennedy...I think Carter might have been too but I believe he was just Governor of Georgia. Nonetheless the recent trend has been towards governors over senators.

    November 8, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |