Turnover in campaign staff is a normal and regular occurrence. Campaign staff quitting two months from an election is a sign of trouble. Today, two senior staffers on Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst's campaign for re-election quit the campaign of their own choosing. Communications director Travis Considine and research director Andy Hemming informed the campaign on Wednesday morning they were parting ways with the campaign, immediately.
One month ago, Dewhurst finished in second place in the Republican primary for Texas Lieutenant Governor earning 28.31%, a poor showing for the incumbent and far behind that of the first-place finisher, State Senator Dan Patrick, who earned 41.45% of the primary vote. This is the second time in two years Dewhurst has had trouble in Republican primaries, having lost the nomination for US Senate to former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz in 2012.
When asked, Considine would not confirm or deny if additional staff, including campaign manager Ryan Hecker, would be leaving the Dewhurst re-election campaign as well.
The Texas Democratic Party via Communications Director Emmanuel Garcia, has issued a statement on the Dewhurst campaign's continued implosion and the pending rise of extremist Dan Patrick. Read the statement after the jump.
Dewhurst Campaign Flounders As Senator Van de Putte Continues To Gain Bipartisan Support
Austin, TX — Today, reports surfaced that top political aides have left Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign for re-election amid internal conflict about the direction of his campaign. The staff exodus comes after a distant 2nd place finish in the March Republican primary, 14-points behind Dan Patrick. [The Texas Tribune, 4/2/14]
Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Emmanuel Garcia issued the following statement:
“Key political aides aren't the only thing that Lt. Governor Dewhurst has been losing. A Republican exodus from the Dewhurst campaign is in the works, and Texans are crossing party lines to support Senator Leticia Van de Putte and make her the next lieutenant governor of our great state. While Dewhurst's campaign flounders and Patrick drives the Republican Party off the ideological cliff, Senator Van de Putte is touring Texas, meeting with business leaders, veterans, educators, workers, and everyday Texans who care more about the future of our state than petty politics.”