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More staffers leaving Harris' Senate campaign

Published July 14, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - More staffers are leaving Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris' Senate campaign, it was confirmed Thursday.

The situation is similar to one in April, when several key staffers abandoned Harris' effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Campaign manager Glenn Hodas - the third to work for Harris - confirmed Thursday that he and four other key staffers are leaving this week, including communications director Chris Ingram, who announced his exit Wednesday. Hodas said field director Pat Thomas and two of her assistants are leaving. Others are rumored about to walk.

Hodas, who will return to his Illinois political consulting business, Hodas & Associates, wouldn't talk about his decision, saying he wanted his departure to be amicable.

Despite the departures, Harris said in a press release, the campaign is "aggressively moving forward."

Thomas will be replaced by Daphnie Ricobene, who worked for state Sen. Burt Saunders' attorney general campaign before he dropped out of the race. Replacements for Hodas and Ingram will be named shortly, the campaign said.

Harris is facing surgery on Monday to remove an ovarian mass.

[Last modified July 14, 2006, 00:53:34]

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