UPDATED: Welch looking for a new campaign consultant
UPDATE: Kates updates that he's involved in parliamentary (prime minister) elections in the republic.
Campaign consultant Mitch Kates' departure isn't just affecting a Hillsborough County campaign -- Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch has to do some human resources work for his re-election effort too.
Kates left last week for the republic of Georgia to help run a presidential campaign, said Welch, who had hired Kates to be a consultant on his re-election. Kates had several connections that led to the work, which will last through October. He didn't immediately return e-mail seeking comment.
"It’s a great opportunity for Mitch," said Welch, a Democrat.
Now Welch is interviewing several people, whom he didn't identify, to join his campaign. Welch faces Republican newcomer William "Buck" Walz and Democrat Maria Scruggs in this year's campaign.
"I’m not really in a rush. I’ve got a good team put together," said Welch. "I’ve been very hands on back in my previous campaigns going back to my Dad's campaigns."