Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said he would cut hundreds of jobs and re-shift the focus of his campaign toward winning the California primary next month, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Sanders’ comments came a day after he lost four primaries in Northeastern states to opponent Hillary Clinton, who already had hundreds more delegates promised to her campaign. In the wake of those losses, Sanders said he didn’t need as many staffers around the country as he had before.
“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,” he told the Times.
While he declined to give an exact number of layoffs, Sanders said “it will be hundreds of staff members.” He said he would rehire those staffers if he won future contests.
“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,” Sanders told the Times. “So we have had a great staff, great people.”
The California primary is June 7.