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Rick Perry’s Iowa chairman quits

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Former Gov. Rick Perry’s (Texas) Iowa chairman is stepping down, delivering another blow to the GOP contender’s 2016 presidential bid.

Sam Clovis cited the campaign’s financial struggles, noting that he left in part because he is no longer being paid, The Associated Press first reported.

“I feel bad for the campaign and I feel bad for Governor Perry because I think he’s a marvelous human being, he’s a great man and it was my honor to be a part of this, but it was just time to move on,” Clovis later told The Washington Post.

{mosads}One of Iowa’s most prominent conservatives, Clovis said he has been offered spots on “several” rival campaigns over the last two and a half weeks, and expects to sign on with one of them in the next few days.

He had good things to say about GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

“What the hell else do you have to do on a Friday night except watch Donald Trump in a football stadium?” Clovis said, referring to Trump’s rally last week in Mobile, Ala. “It was fascinating. It’s like watching NASCAR. You just can’t take your eyes off the cars.”

Clovis also previously described Trump as a “major threat” to win the Republican primary.

His departure comes after reports earlier this month that Perry had stopped paying campaign staff because of a lack of funds.

Despite troubles raising money and a crumbling campaign infrastructure, Perry plans to remain in the race for the GOP nomination.

“Gov. Perry remains committed to competing in Iowa, as well as South Carolina and New Hampshire, and there are many people across the country who continue to work to elect Rick Perry as president,” Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said in a statement. “We wish Sam the best in his next endeavor.”

RealClearPolitics average has the former Texas governor drawing just 1.3 percent support in the Hawkeye State, good for 13th place in the crowded Republican field. 

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