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."
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.