On the Ropes: Ben Carson Cuts 50 Staffers; Down to Handful of Advisers

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03: Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks to the media at the National Press Club February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is reportedly cutting 50 positions from his campaign.

According to the Washington Post:

Salaries are being significantly reduced. Carson’s traveling entourage will shrink to only a handful of advisers. And instead of flying on private jets, Carson may soon return to flying on commercial flights.

The employees being released – about half of Carson’s campaign — mostly work in field operations and at his headquarters in Northern Virginia.

Campaign officials, who confirmed the moves after The Washington Post obtained an internal memo about the layoffs, stressed that key aides in upcoming GOP primary contests will remain in place and that Carson is determined to stay in the 2016 race.

But they acknowledged that Carson’s funds have diminished as he has fallen from the top tier, forcing him to make sweeping changes to a campaign that swelled into a bustling operation of about 125 people.