Politico reported on Thursday that self-help author and longshot Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson lost even more staff after several officials left the campaign.
Williamson announced recently that Carlos Cardona will now be her campaign manager, making him her third since she launched her presidential campaign in March. Politico reported that six campaign staffers resigned or lost their jobs due to Williamson’s battle over ballot access.
Cardona was credited by one source with the departures of two campaign managers, and one deputy campaign director.
The source said that the new campaign manager for Williamson was “[Cardona]” and his strategy of reorganizing the campaign and restructuring it to be more cash-efficient but also extremely nimble in the key states.
According to Politico, Cardona terminated a Williamson staffer in New Hampshire, as well as two national field directors. Three more staffers were added to the list of resignations by the entire team in South Carolina for the self-help writer.
Politico reported that other sources attribute Williamson’s loss to a recent staff meeting in which they voiced their concern about the campaign’s emphasis on the candidate’s social media presence rather than ballot access.
A source told Politico that “during that meeting there was a feeling that she felt assaulted, and at the end, an insinuation that some staff would not make it through the rest of the week.”
Another person said, “She didn’t pay attention to anything I said.” “Clearly because those who expressed their frustration were fired.”
Williamson was a candidate for the presidency in 2020 but withdrew from the Democratic primary in January, after not gaining traction. She backed independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as a candidate for president.
Williamson was described as cruel and unpredictable by several former staffers of her first presidential campaign. Williamson was recalled by some for throwing her phone, punching cars and calling staffers fat.
A spokesperson for the Marianne Williamson presidential campaign told Politico that the campaign’s focus on the media is not about the campaign’s gains in the polls, or the endorsements of key politicians, but rather the internal staffing decisions made to improve our position in the race. Every campaign and company must adjust their strategy to be more effective with resources.
Based on surveys conducted between June 5, 2024 and June 26, the RealClearPolitics average shows that President Joe Biden leads by approximately 50 points. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Williamson receive 14,4% and 5.7% respectively.