Scott Walker drops out of the presidential race.
I thought that Scott Walker would be a strong candidate. He did battle progressives in Wisconsin and has won most of those battles. He had the Koch brothers in his back pocket. I’m guessing that wasn’t enough. I thought that having a SuperPAC with super amounts of moolah would help candidates keep going and going. Nope, that’s not happening. I guess you need more than a billionaire in your back pocket in order to keep your campaign going.
And now the finger pointing begins:
In interviews, more than a dozen allies and donors said Walker was poorly served by Wiley, who rapidly built out a staff of more than 90 in Madison. Supporters complained that the campaign had an infrastructure better suited to an actual presidential nominee, including high-priced consultants and a full-time photographer who was hired to travel with the candidate.
“Under the national campaign strategy that Wiley had built up, you couldn’t sustain it,” said one major Walker fundraiser. “They needed to run a much smaller, outsider-style campaign.”
Wiley strongly disputed the notion that he allowed the campaign’s spending to get out of control.
“I think everyone needs to put in perspective that in order to get someone prepared to run for president of the United States, you need staff,” he said in the interview. “I don’t think we grew too quickly. I don’t buy that. I think every person on this campaign served a specific role to make sure the governor was ready.”
“We didn’t have a spending problem,” Wiley added. “We had a revenue problem.”
Donations began dwindling in mid-August after Walker’s tentative performance in the first Republican debate, according to several people familiar with the figures.