Charges from domestic incident dropped against former Charlie Crist campaign manager Austin Durrer

Durrer exited the Crist campaign in October, just one day after being arrested as a result of a domestic dispute.

The charges against former Charlie Crist Campaign Manager Austin Durrer were dismissed last week in Dorchester County, Maryland Circuit Court, records show.

Durrer exited the Crist campaign in October, just one day after being arrested as a result of a domestic dispute. Both he and his significant other, Jackie Whisman, were charged with second-degree assault in Cambridge, Maryland.

The charges against Durrer have now been dismissed, a court document indicates with a disposition of Judgment of Acquittal. In a statement to Florida Politics, Durrer said through his attorney, Jesse Hicks, that both sets of charges were dismissed.

“After discussing the matter outside of court through counsel, the parties mutually agreed not to proceed with the charges and the judge dismissed the cases as a result,” Hicks wrote. 

Durrer’s departure came just three weeks before Crist’s election against incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis, which DeSantis won earlier this month by a landslide. Initially, the campaign issued a statement saying Durrer was leaving the campaign due to a family matter, but later said he was dismissed as soon as the campaign learned of the arrest. 

A joint statement from Durrer and Whisman after the arrest supports the eventual outcome.

“Very sadly, an incident took place this week at our home that we both regret. We are 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,” the couple wrote at the time. 

Following Durrer’s departure, Sydney Throop took over as campaign management duties for the duration of the campaign.

Crist went on to suffer a major blow in the election, falling to DeSantis by 19 percentage points in what was a Florida red wave up and down the ballot. DeSantis managed to carry many deep blue counties and overperform in others, such as Broward County. 

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio won his race against Democrat Val Demings by a similarly large margin, at 16 percentage points. Republican gains were also made statewide, with the GOP claiming a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature. 

Peter Schorsch

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  • Charlie Crist

    November 28, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Well you people asked for what you’re gonna get with Ron DeSanctimonious and Ashley rug muncher Moody over the next 10 years. 1 year in the county jail for DUI. Prison time for fighting in church. Eventually it will be death penalty for drug dealers. It’s already like Christian fascist Singapore here. Enjoy! Don’t complain when it happens to one of your kids! Christian fascist judge doesn’t care if you voted Republican.

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    • Charlie Crist

      November 28, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      Ron Desanctimonious is shameful! He believes in the imaginary concept of “women’s” rights. Whatever that’s supposed to mean! Under his fascist regime, if your woman acts out of line and you wanna teach her a lesson by giving her a good one across her stupid face, Desantis will send out his stasi to put you behind bars for exercising your right to educate your wife by any means necessary! This is literally 1984. That’s why I used leftover campaign funds to bribe my good friend Austin Durrer’s wife into keeping her stupid mouth shut and dropping the charges. Durrer did nothing wrong, he is a victim of cancel culture by fascist christian moralists that think they should have a say over how we treat our wives!

  • It's Complicated

    November 28, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Believe I’ve heard of Charlie Crist. Wasn’t he some sort of elected official at one time?

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  • Boaz

    December 4, 2022 at 1:44 am

    This is great news: he’ll be available the next time Democrats vote to nominate Charlie Crist as their gubernatorial nominee. All former Republicans get first dibs on Democratic nominations here in the Sunshine State. It does not apply in the other 49 states. If you’re a Republican running for office, there’s a real chance you’ll be running against a former GOPer soon.

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