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New media director cut from Kendrick Meek campaign

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September

From the Reid Report: Kenneth Quinnell, who’s well known to Florida bloggers, particularly on the left, announced today that he is leaving the Kendrick Meek campaign. Interestingly enough, with 56 days to go, he’s not being replaced.

Quinnell said in a post to the Florida Progressive Coalition blog, which he runs, that he was released by the campaign because he couldn’t move to Miami to work out of campaign headquarters due to family issues (he is a divorced father with three kids including one with special needs) and because:

"It really is a luxury for a campaign to have a full-time paid new media director when you are facing the combined fund-raising prowess of the sitting governor of one of the largest and most powerful states in the union and the darling of the Tea Party movement."

… meaning the campaign is shifting what cash it has onto TV and radio. Quinnell said he is not being replaced, and that his duties will be farmed out to other staffers. Which is a shame, because Kenny has actually done the campaign a service by strongly pushing back against some of the memes that kept liberal bloggers from getting on board. Eventually, he even managed to wrangle some positive Kos coverage....

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:27am]

    

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