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Three top advisers depart in Alan Grayson campaign shakeup



Alan Grayson’s campaign manager’s last day was yesterday, according to a source familiar with the campaign.

In addition to the departure of Doug Dodson, there are other changes:

  • Kevin Franck, Senior Adviser, leaving by the end of the year.
  • David Keith, Deputy Campaign Manager has left the day-to-day, but will remain as an informal adviser
  • No one was fired -- all were changed by mutual agreement.

    "Staffing changes are normal in the course of a campaign,” said the source. “As we approach the start of a new year, we will begin to add staff and some of the people who were critical to the launch of Rep. Grayson's campaign will transition into other roles, or move on to other opportunities."

    Grayson, of Orlando, is running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate against fellow Congressman Patrick Murphy who represents the Treasure Coast.

    Grayson could not be immediately reached for comment.

    The Democratic Senate primary battle in Florida is one of the hottest in the nation. Murphy, who is seen as the more moderate of the two candidates, has the backing of the establishment and the bulk of the endorsements by other elected officials. Murphy leads in fundraising -- according to the October quarterly report he had about $3.5 million cash on hand compared to about $250,000 for Grayson.

    Grayson was first elected in 2008, is known for his soundbite attacks against Republicans. Among his more famous lines: He described the GOP health care plan as "if you do get sick, die quickly," and compared Dick Cheney to a vampire.

    Murphy, a Democratic political newcomer, ousted GOP firebrand Allen West in 2012. He built a reputation as a middle-of-the-road Democrat who has been willing to join the GOP on certain votes, including backing the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    We will update this blog as more details become available.

    [Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 4:39pm]


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