Charlie Crist’s campaign manager exits after domestic violence arrest

Sydney Throop, a veteran Crist staffer, will take the helm.

Veteran staffer and campaign manager Austin Durrer is leaving Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign with less than three weeks left before Election Day, and as Florida voters are already submitting vote-by-mail ballots.

***Update*** NBC News’ Marc Caputo reports that Durrer was arrested in a domestic violence case a day before he resigned his political position.

In a statement released Friday, a Crist spokesperson said the campaign removed him from his position as soon as it became aware of the arrest.

In a separate statement sent from Durrer’s cellphone and attributed to Durrer and Whisman and reportedly Alex Roarty of McClatchy DC, the two said they were working to drop the charges.

“Very sadly, an incident took place this week at our home that we both regret,” Durrer and Jackie Whisman said. “We are both working to drop legal charges and move forward. Our primary focus at this time is our daughter, our greatest joy, and we appreciate privacy and respect as we navigate this as a family.”

Sydney Throop, who guided Crist’s previous congressional campaigns and has been running day-to-day operations for his gubernatorial bid, is taking the helm.

“Austin Durrer has departed the campaign to focus on a family matter,” campaign spokesperson Samantha Ramirez said.

Though the campaign faces long odds, the campaign insists Durrer’s departure has nothing to do with the state of the campaign.

Though things had been briefly looking up in August and early September for Democrats nationwide this Midterm cycle, the tide has shifted back toward the GOP in recent weeks.

FiveThirtyEight currently puts Gov. Ron DeSantis 7 percentage points ahead of Crist. The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball both put the Florida Governor’s race in the “likely Republican category. And a recent Mason-Dixon Polling survey had DeSantis ahead by double digits.

Whether this departure will impact the General Election result is up for interpretation. Such a move so soon before an election usually doesn’t bode well, yet it’s likely one person would not be able to change the dynamics of this race.

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  • Disappointed in your pu location.

    October 19, 2022 at 5:26 pm

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    • Arnold Gibbs

      October 19, 2022 at 6:57 pm

      that’s funny. I think it leans Democrat.

    • SaltyNuts

      October 19, 2022 at 11:18 pm

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    • Howard Roark

      October 20, 2022 at 6:10 am

      Good lord lady, put down the bong…

      • Johnathan Galt

        October 20, 2022 at 11:37 am

        No kidding. Good to see you again.

    • just sayin

      October 20, 2022 at 7:43 am

      Why? Because they reported on this? It’s news. If you just want vapid affirmation of your beliefs, talk to yourself in the mirror.

    • Shane

      October 20, 2022 at 11:01 am

      Are there any lies in the article?

    • Common Cents

      October 20, 2022 at 11:22 am

      There is no ‘right wing’… there is barely a ‘center’.

    • Johnathan Galt

      October 20, 2022 at 11:36 am

      Apparently you are fearful of being exposed to the truth.

    • Even Saltier Nuts

      October 20, 2022 at 11:48 am

      If Chuckie Crist is the best the Dems can come up with to run against Heavy D, I’m almost starting to feel sorry for them… Naaaahhhh. Oh, and as an aside, “Florida Politics” is about as “right-wing” as the Tampa Bay Times…

    • Arthur Schaper

      October 20, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      This is a left-leaning site.

      The fact is that Charlie Crist is going to get stomped on, and he is only running so that he can angle for a job in the Biden Administration.

    • ron

      October 20, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      Fox News is only a little better than cnn. Some of the evening opinion guys are OK…

  • Disappointed in your pu location.

    October 19, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    This publication is so right winged. It’s like watching Fox News!!!

  • Disappointed in your pu location.

    October 19, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    This publication is so right winged. It’s like watching Fox News!!!

  • Mark Somerville

    October 19, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    His family must live on a ship….and it’s sinking

  • Charlie Crist

    October 19, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Vote for me any goddamn way..

    • Briere lagrandeur

      October 21, 2022 at 10:56 pm

      Charlie crist he’s the best for Governor in state of Florida
      Floridian love crist,Charlie will help us with our FPL light bills.and charlie crist will find out what going on,for example 3 person in my house our light bill for one month $450,00.we don’t use it that’s much.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 19, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Yes this site is right wing and the Miami Dolphins are going to win the Super Bowl.. Crist and his campaign manager looked out to the sea and they see it coming as well. The Red Tsunami is coming. No wonder his campaign manager is running for high ground. Crist will be right behind him.

  • David In Shoreline

    October 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Rats are extremely adept at getting off a sinking ship.

    • Charlie Crist

      October 19, 2022 at 8:37 pm

      Yeah that’s why I left the GOP!😆

  • Terry Palmer

    October 19, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Charlie should be the one leaving the campaign. Phony politician

    • Charlie Crist

      October 19, 2022 at 10:34 pm

      Trump was phoney. Got fired. Not coming back!

      • PedoPete

        October 19, 2022 at 11:22 pm

        Says you, Hunter.

        • Charlie Crist

          October 20, 2022 at 7:42 am

          Says 81 million voters and an army of judges and prosecutors. Not to be confused with an army of terrorists.

  • GirlWithaPeenie

    October 19, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    White Privileged Charlie Crist could have used this opportunity to hire a person of color. Racists.

    • Charlie Crist

      October 20, 2022 at 7:43 am

      👆Neo nazi propagandist…

  • The Real Real Charlie Crist

    October 20, 2022 at 8:24 am

    I’ve already hid 1/2 of my contributions in such a foolproof method that Ashley Moody and her boss will never find them. Yeah the ship’s going down. But I shall live like a king.
    ps Thanks for all your help “fake” Charlie Crist I always thought you were a stupid jerk though.

  • Tom

    October 20, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Just a pathetic candidate.
    Chameleon, perennial candidate.
    Hypocrite, just a loser.
    Getting crushed. The Broward outdoor event was overflow for America’s Gov.

  • Tom

    October 20, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Just a pathetic candidate.
    Chameleon, perennial candidate.
    Hypocrite, just a loser.
    Getting crushed. The Broward outdoor event was overflow for America’s Gov.

  • Coach

    October 20, 2022 at 11:34 am

    He wants to put distance between himself and Charlie because he KNOWS Charlie is NOT going to lose by the seven points the fake polls are saying.
    He KNOWS Charlie will lose by TWENTY or more!!

    Why ?
    First Christ is wrong on every issue voters care about.
    Second Deming will pull down the whole ticket
    Third people in Florida absolutely LOVE DeSantis
    Fourth Florida has 300,000 more Republicans then Democrats and that number has grown by 50,00 in just the last six months.

    Aside from these things this is a real dogfight Ron is a Pitbull and Charlie is a Toy Poodle.

  • Lee Harvey

    October 20, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Charlie’s beard, er ah wife left him when it became apparent he was just a loser.

  • Hendrix

    October 20, 2022 at 11:59 am

    When Crist’s campaign got $100k from a fund to help benefit people from hurricane Ian, it doesn’t bode well for voters to elect him. If DeSantis can get a bridge rebuild in 3 days and 3 million people with power back in in under a week…Crist doesn’t stand a chance.

  • Long John Silverstein

    October 20, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Chucky Crist is going to have all sorts of time on his hands to work on his tan. It’s what he’s best at after grifting.

  • Jim1937

    October 20, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Poor Charlie Flip Flop looks like he’s going after the Heels Up Harris record for staff resignations.

  • Ocean Kilroy

    October 20, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    The rats are leaving the sinking ship!!!!

  • The Real Tom

    October 21, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Just vote for VAL DEMINGS!!!

  • David In Shoreline

    October 21, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Buh-Bye Charlie. The voters never wanted you, never will. Not when Florida is lucky enough to be led by America’s Governor Ron DeSantis.

  • Beth

    October 23, 2022 at 7:48 am

    The important point is that Crist got rid of him. DeSantis would have given him a promotion. Ronnie thrives on surrounding himself with criminals, perverts, and the most ignorant people in the country.

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