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Charlie Crist and presumptive campaign manager part ways

by George Bennett | December 3rd, 2013

Charlie Crist, shown here campaigning in West Palm Beach last month, downplayed the significance of Bill Hyers' departure.

Bill Hyers, the Democratic strategist who piloted Bill De Blasio‘s long-shot mayoral victory in New York and was expected to manage Charlie Crist‘s 2014 campaign for governor, won’t be coming to Florida after all.

Details of the break-up were unclear Tuesday. Hyers hadn’t actually begun work in the Sunshine State.

“I never started, and ended up just deciding to stay in NYC. Great town,” Hyers told New York Magazine.

Crist, who opened his campaign last month, downplayed the significance of Hyers’ departure.

“It’s early. Our campaign structure is still coming together. Bill wanted to stay in New York because it was good for him,” said Crist in a statement released by his campaign.

Crist, elected governor as a Republican in 2006 but pursuing the job now as a Democrat, leads Republican Gov. Rick Scott in early polls. While Hyers might not have formally begun his stint as campaign manager, he was already in professional expectations-lowering mode in a Washington Post interview last month, noting that he expects Crist to be “massively” outspent by Scott.

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