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Haridopolos' departing campaign manager says 'changes in direction' needed



Mike Haridopolos confirms, as we reported earlier, the departure of two staffers -- Pat Bainter and Tim Baker -- and issued this statement:


"Pat Bainter has been a longtime friend throughout my political career and that has not changed. As a proud member of the Florida GOP and a state Senator, I know how important the 2012 elections are for state Senate campaigns and quite frankly Pat is the best at what he does and I know that his talent and expertise are needed to ensure that Republicans maintain and grow their majorities in the Florida Legislature. As long time friends, we decided together that Pat should not continue to divide his focus between legislative races and my U.S. Senate race and I wish him continued success and friendship.

"Additionally, Tim Baker will also be seeking new opportunities and I thank him for his good work and wish him the best. "I look forward to announcing the new additions to my campaign team in the near future and continuing the forward momentum of our bid for the U.S. Senate."

Baker gives the Buzz a little more the departures. "Pat and I agreed with Sen. Haridopolos some time ago that we needed to make some changes in the direction of the campaign, particularly in light of the coming legislative session. We feel we have laid the early groundwork for success and though Pat and I will be leaving the campaign, when we do, we will certainly be rooting for the Senator's continued success."

[Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:19pm]


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