Kellie Greene, an insurgent candidate for the Republican nomination on June 26, has lost a deputy campaign manager.
Chris Nichols told me he's out at the Greene campaign, but wouldn't say why.
Shane Wikfors, a spokesman for Ms. Greene, said that there was a disagreement about the direction of the campaign, but declined to get into specifics.
"The campaign and Chris came to a disagreement over the direction of the capaign, and so he and the campaign parted ways at that point," Mr. Wikfors said.
Mr. Nichols, a Watertown resident, is involved in the local 9/12 movement. He was a top volunteer in the Greene campaign, which does not have paid staffers, according to its Federal Election Commission report.
Ms. Greene, an Oswego native who moved to Sackets Harbor after spending eight years in Arizona, will face Matt Doheny in the GOP primary. The winner will take on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Mr. Doheny has a wide name recognition advantage, a huge financial edge and the support of the institutional GOP. Ms. Greene, on the other hand, is relying on grassroots support from people like Mr. Nichols, who was serving in a volunteer capacity. Another volunteer also left the campaign, Mr. Wikfors said.
He left the campaign about two weeks ago, said Mr. Wikfors.
The campaign is keeping its eyes on the June 26 prize, he added.
"We’ve got more volunteers engaging in the campaign, and things are proceeding ahead," Mr. Wikfors said. "Obviously, we’re rescource-challenged. We do what we can given the volunteers’ abilities and talents and we’ll move forward."