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Santorum Staffers Abandon Campaign for Super PAC

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Aug 2015 10:53 AM

Key staffers of GOP hopeful Rick Santorum’s fledgling campaign have left their posts to start a super PAC with the hopes of filling the operation’s "cash-strapped" coffers, Politico reports.

On the heels of the departure of a prominent Iowa activist who jumped ship to become Iowa co-chair for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign, Santorum’s campaign manager, his Iowa state coordinator and a digital strategist have all resigned within the last several weeks.

While it’s not atypical for campaign staffers to switch to a super PAC, according to Politico, it is unusual for "the campaign manager, and one of a state’s top political points of contact … to depart so soon after getting the official operation off the ground."

Former campaign manager Terry Allen left his post three days after the "abysmal first round of fundraising numbers came in."

Santorum’s team is holding to the narrative of Santorum as a "blue-collar everyman" whose "no-frills" campaign relies on face-to-face interactions over a slick and expensive media savvy operation.

"The [campaign] we’re running this cycle doesn’t have fancy data and tech tools, we don’t have the fundraising figures some other campaigns have," Cody Brown, Santorum’s 2012 caucus director and current Iowa senior adviser, told Politico.

"Just like we did last time, [the campaign] reflects Rick’s personality. We are a gritty campaign. He’s a shoe leather type of guy."

But others say Santorum’s schedule has lacked a clear and sensible strategy, indicative of "bad staff work."

Santorum is consistently polling at the bottom of the presidential polls and is not expected to make the cut for Thursday's Republican debate in Cleveland. Only candidates averaging in the top 10 of recent polls will get a spot.

During a recent interview with ABC News, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania dismissed the early polling numbers

"These national polls are irrelevant," he said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week." "I was at 1 percent in the national polls four years ago and ended up winning 11 states, 4 million votes, won the Iowa caucus."

Polling low at this stage in the game are not predictors of "who might surge at the right time and win primaries and caucuses in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire."

He was also critical of the Republican National Committee’s decision to side with the television networks on the decision to limit participation based on those figures.

"National polls mean nothing," he told ABC. "It’s just an arbitrary figure. And, unfortunately, the networks and the RNC have gone along with this irrelevant legitimacy of candidacy, and then have the ability to influence who is in the top 10 by the amount of coverage they get and the amount of advertising dollars."

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Key staffers of GOP hopeful Rick Santorum's fledgling campaign have left their posts to start a super PAC with the hopes of filling the operation's "cash-strapped" coffers, Politico reports.
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