Most political professionals agree that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s stagnant campaign for President is one of the most underwhelming in memory
But that didn’t stop the candidate who preaches fiscal conservatism from handing out more than 200 grand in bonuses to a senior staff that hasn’t delivered much in the way of campaign support or organization.
At the same time, the Romney campaign took out a $20 million loan to cover cash flow after donations have declined in recent weeks.
“Romney comes out of the convention with virtually no bounce and he rewards his aides? This is the guy who claims to be a savvy businessman? Good lord,” grumbled a senior GOP consultant to Capitol Hill Blue.
While most Republican pros — who depend on not offending major candidates or the party organization that supports them — are reluctant to go on the record about Romney’s missteps, the internal sniping is escalating as his campaign implodes.
“This campaign may become a political science case study on how to blow an election,” another long-time GOP activist told Capitol Hill Blue. “If there is a way to do it wrong, Romney and his crew will find it.”
With the Romney campaign floundering like a dying fish, the political pros can only shake their heads and wonder if the party can regroup after this year’s election.
Although his convention speech is widely viewed as a flop and he came out of the event with no real bump in the polls, Romney handed out generous bonuses to political director Richard Beeson, campaign manager Matt Rhoades, general counsel Kathryn Biber, police adviser Lanhee Chen, communications director Gail Gitcho, digital director Zach Moffatt and adviser Gabriel Schoenfeld.
The bonuses are listed in the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.