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Why This 2020 Dem’s Team Is Begging Him to Drop Out

This marks the second candidate whose team has publicly urged their boss to drop out of the crowded presidential primary field.

By NTK Staff | 07.19.2019 @10:41am
Why This 2020 Dem’s Team Is Begging Him to Drop Out

A campaign really hits a wall when the staffers begin urging their candidate to drop out of the race to the media. That’s exactly what happened to former Rep. John Delaney this week when senior staffers told Axios they urged him to drop out of the race by mid-August.

Delaney was the first Democrat candidate in the race, and Axios calculates his days in the race at 721. But after $19 million spent, including $11 million of his own money this year alone, and a polling average somewhere between 0% and 1%, Delaney’s team is seeing the writing on the wall, even if he doesn’t yet.

On top of the harsh reality that Delaney is just not gaining traction, his senior team elaborated on his shortcomings in some detail:

They thought he flopped at the first debate in Miami.

“Every other day he would have a different position,” whether on economic policies or racial issues. That’s a common refrain that came up in conversations with three sources close to the campaign, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

Delaney’s team is urging him to drop out soon so that he might be able to credibly run for Maryland governor in 2022 or be considered for a Cabinet position, should a Democrat defeat Trump in 2020.

But Delaney has not publicly acknowledged either of those options and is intent to stay in the race at least through the July debate in Detroit. Delaney is scheduled to appear on stage on July 30 alongside Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN), and others.

Delaney is the second 2020 Democrat to face calls from his own staffers to drop out of the race. Earlier this month, at least six of former Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D-CO) staffers quit after urging the Democrat to drop out of the race. That shake-up occurred after Hickenlooper’s poor debate performance in Miami last month and a lackluster Q2 fundraising report.

Hickenlooper was quick to throw his team under the bus when asked about the shake-up.

“Well, we thought it was time to make a change. You know, these campaigns are long, hard campaigns. You don’t always get it right with the first team. It’s a little bit — you know, I used to be in the restaurant business and it’s a little bit like putting a restaurant together. Sometimes you don’t quite get the right team at the right time,” Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper is likely to be in the same boat as Delaney after the Detroit debates later this month. The requirements increase considerably for debate stage eligibility for the September debate, and barring a major change in momentum, most believe it’s unlikely Delaney or Hickenlooper will qualify.

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