Elisabeth Jensen, Democratic nominee for Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, abruptly lost nearly half of her campaign staff Thursday with less than a month remaining until the Nov. 4 election.
The departures included campaign manager Allan Rivlin of Washington, D.C., who himself replaced a previous campaign manager in June; finance director Melanie McCormick; and field and political director Gracey Wise. Rivlin did not return a call seeking comment Friday.
Carol Andrews, a campaign consultant for Jensen, said "it was an amicable split."
"It's fine. Everything is fine. There was just a difference of opinion on how things needed to be done," Andrews said. "This is no terrible shakeup of any kind. We are forging ahead."
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Four paid campaign staffers remain, down from seven, Andrews said. Nobody has been named yet to replace Rivlin, she said.
Jensen is challenging the re-election of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington.
New campaign finance reports are due Wednesday. As of the most recent reports, filed June 30, Jensen had $276,312 in campaign cash on hand; Barr had $1.36 million. Both campaigns have released internal polls that show Jensen trailing, although by different amounts.