Marianne Williamson fires her entire 2020 campaign staff, but stays in race

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Democratic presidential candidate, author Marianne Williamson addresses the audience at the Environmental Justice Presidential Candidate Forum at South Carolina State University on November 8, 2019 in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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Self-help guru Marianne Williamson has laid off her entire presidential campaign staff, but she is staying in the race.

“It’s amazing what you can do with volunteers,” the Democratic candidate wrote in a statement late Thursday, which came hours after various reports said she had fired her whole staff.

Williamson’s former campaign manager Patricia Ewing and former New Hampshire state director Paul Hodes confirmed the layoffs, first reported by WMUR, to NBC.

WMUR reported that the Williamson campaign — which at its height boasted 45 staff members in four states — has had no staffers since Tuesday.

Financial issues forced the layoffs, sources told WMUR.

Williamson, however shorthanded and short of cash she may be, wasn’t prepared to quit just yet, however.

“We’ve had a wonderful team, and I am deeply grateful for their energy and talents. But as of today, we cannot afford a traditional campaign staff,” she said. “I am not suspending my candidacy, however; a campaign not having a huge war chest should not be what determines its fate.”

The layoffs at the Williamson campaign came just hours after former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced that he would end his White House bid.

Williamson is among the least popular candidates in the Democratic field, according to the polls.

But she has at times drawn outsize attention along the campaign trail — notably in the first primary debate in June, when she vowed that her first presidential act would be to tell New Zealand’s prime minister that “Girlfriend, you are so on.”

Williamson’s unorthodox rhetoric, steeped in more “spiritual” language than most of her competitors, quickly set her apart from the rest of the field, even if her style points haven’t translated into higher poll numbers.

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