Tony Fabrizio takes step back from day-to-day operations of Rick Scott's re-election campaign
Amid a power struggle with Gov. Rick Scott's new chief of staff, the pollster-architect of the Republican's unexpected campaign victory in 2010 has taken a step back from day-to-day operations of his re-election campaign for next year.
Pollster Tony Fabrizio said in an email that he is still working for the governor, but he downplayed and declined to comment about what has become an open secret in Tallahassee — his clashes with Scott chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth.
Since he was appointed in the summer of 2012, Hollingsworth has tried to take over more political operations in the state capital and minimized Scott's 2010 loyalists, Republicans say.
Rumors from the Republican Governors Association meeting in Arizona flew this week that Fabrizio was gone from the campaign, but he made clear he's just taking on a different role: handling long-term strategic planning rather than day-to-day campaign-management and messaging activities.