by Max Brantley
The abrupt departure of Alice Stewart, Huckabee's communications director, was partly due to disagreements within the communications shop about the direction of the campaign and partly because of the salary cuts, several Republicans inside and outside the campaign said.
"The campaign is being run by the family and it's going nowhere. It's a dead campaign," said Republican strategist Ed Rollins, who ran Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign in 2012. "And my sense is Alice is at a place in her life where she doesn't want to work for the fees that she got eight years ago."
But Stewart, a marathon runner, shot back in response to questions from POLITICO that she is "far from exhausted."
"Obviously, if we go to Iowa and lose — well frankly we probably won't keep going," Huckabee Sanders said. "If we end up at 2 percent in Iowa then, no, because nobody's getting paid. But if we go and pull out a win in Iowa then I would assume probably it's increase salaries."