The Vermont senator revealed the changes a day after losing four of the five states that voted Tuesday and falling further behind Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Despite the changes, Mr. Sanders said he would remain in the race through the party's summer convention and stressed that he hoped to bring staff members back on board if his political fortunes improved.My condolences to the people losing their jobs.
"We want to win as many delegates as we can, so we do not need workers now in states around the country," Mr. Sanders said in the interview. "We don't need people right now in Connecticut. That election is over. We don't need them in Maryland. So what we are going to do is allocate our resources to the 14 contests that remain, and that means that we are going to be cutting back on staff."
When asked how many people would be let go, Mr. Sanders didn’t give an exact number but did say many people would be affected.
"It will be hundreds of staff members," Mr. Sanders said. "We have had a very large staff, which was designed to deal with 50 states in this country; 40 of the states are now behind us. So we have had a great staff, great people."
He added that he hoped to work with the people his campaign is letting go in the future.
"If we win this, every one of those great people who have helped us get this far, they will be rehired," Mr. Sanders said. "But right now, we have to use all of the resources we have and focus them on the remaining states."
He said his campaign's fund-raising was not suffering. "We are doing well, and it continues to be very strong," he said.
People can do whatever they want with their own money, but Sanders continuing to aggressively fundraise, while indulging this pretense—that many of his supporters believe—that he can still actually win the nomination, which he cannot, strikes me as not entirely ethical.
And he is still saying that: "We are in this campaign to win, but if we do not win, we intend to win every delegate we can, so that when we go to Philadelphia in July we are going to have the votes to put together the strongest progressive agenda that any political party has ever seen."
Meanwhile, his campaign manager Jeff Weaver is still peddling the narrative that they can straight-up win, saying "he still sees a 'mathematical possibility' of catching Clinton, saying Sanders is poised to go on a winning streak and will continue to try to convince the party's superdelegates that he would be the stronger Democratic candidate against Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the fall."
To be clear: At this point, "Sanders would need 107% of remaining delegates at stake in order to win the nomination."
Anyway. Like I said, people can do with their money whatever they want to do with it, but I just wish Sanders would be more honest about the investment they're making.