Charlie Crist’s Campaign Manager Bails Less Than 3 Weeks Before Election

Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist’s Campaign manager Austin Durrer has left with less than three weeks to go, citing a “family matter.”

Durrer, a veteran staffer and campaign manager, is leaving even as Florida voters are already submitting vote-by-mail ballots. Sydney Throop, who assisted with Crist’s previous failed congressional runs and has been involved with the day-to-day operations for his gubernatorial bid, is taking over.

According to Florida Politics, campaign spokeswoman Samantha Ramirez insisted Durrer’s departure had nothing to do with the state of the race, despite negative polling numbers.

“Austin Durrer has departed the campaign to focus on a family matter.”

But that didn’t stop some Floridians from throwing out their own theories.

While polling data for Democrats nationwide were improving in August and September, there has been a jarring snap back to reality throughout October, and that’s not true for anyone more than Charlie Crist. DeSantis not only dwarfs Crist in spending, but he’s currently 7 points behind the Republican governor according to FiveThirtyEight Polling, while the RelClear Politics Average puts the gap as wide as 7.8%.

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Brad Coker of Mason Dixon Polling points to Hurricane Ian limiting Crist’s options in attacking DeSantis.

“The disadvantage Crist has is two-fold: he’s completely out of the news and he never managed a hurricane so he can’t stand up and point to what he did. So Crist is totally, totally defanged.”

While vitriol towards DeSantis is inevitable, the national media has been relatively quiet on DeSantis, adding credence to the idea that there’s simply not much to attack.

Durrer’s departure so late is very much up for interpretation. While leaving so late seems to bode well on the surface, it’s also unlikely to have a severe impact because there is very little time for anything to change. Never mind changing enough to overcome DeSantis’ lead in the polls.

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