After the GOP candidate was edged out of the first Republican debate on Thursday, he's now facing an even sadder fate: His fundraising has floundered, leaving him incapable of paying his South Carolina campaign staff.
"As the campaign moves along, tough decisions have to be made in respect to both monetary and time-related resources," Lucy Nashed, communications director for the Perry campaign, tells Politico. "Gov. Perry remains committed to competing in the early states and will continue to have a strong presence in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina."
The former Texas governor let go one aide last week due to "financial discomfort," and other South Carolina staffers "have been paid up to two weeks ago," Perry's state director Katon Dawson tells the National Journal.
It's unclear if or when the paychecks will start flowing again, but the freeze isn't stopping some staffers – including two top operatives – from standing by Perry's side.
"Pay is only one reason people do this," says Dawson, who adds that he too will continue to work for Perry. "We'll be able to live off the land for a while."
That means cutbacks for the former governor as well, including flying commercial and traveling with only "an aide or two," according to the Washington Post.
This is the second presidential bid for Perry, who will visit South Carolina on Thursday and is still planning events for this week and later in August.