Once again, the Charlie Crist campaign is losing a top staffer less than a week after he was hired -- this time, it’s campaign press spokesman Eric Conrad.
The campaign confirmed today that Conrad, whose hiring was announced last Thursday, is leaving.
Conrad is former deputy press secretary for the Obama 2012 campaign in Florida, deputy communications director for the Florida Democratic party, and lead Florida spokesman for Enroll America, a non-profit dedicated to getting people signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Asked why Conrad’s leaving, campaign spokesman Kevin Cate said only that it was to “pursue other opportunities.”
Besides his other resume items, Conrad also is a former employee of Cate’s communications firm.
In December, Crist’s iniital choice for campaign manager, rising Democratic Party star Bill Hyers, left the campaign before he even officially started work. Again, the campaign wouldn’t give any specific reason, but insiders speaking off the record have said Hyers had a conflict with Crist’s wife, Carole.
Crist has since hired another rising national Democratic Party star -- one with strong Tampa ties -- as his campaign manager: former University of South Florida student body president Omar Khan, who’s had high-level positions in the Obama campaigns.
Cate noted that the public, by and large, doesn’t care much about the comings and goings of campaign staffers.
The public, he said, cares about “a candidate who’s right for the middle class.
“We have a strong and growing campaign, we’re opening up a field office in Broward County, we have historic fundraising numbers and a candidate who’s right for the middle class, and the polls reflect that,” he said.