NBC News: Charlie Crist campaign manager charged with misdemeanor assault charge
Democrat Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign manager, Austin John Durrer, was arrested and charged with domestic violence the day before he abruptly stepped down from his position, NBC News reported Friday.
Durrer, 43, is facing a second-degree misdemeanor assault charge after a dispute with the mother of his child at his home in Maryland, NBC News reported, citing local court records and an interview with the local prosecutor.
“Very sadly, an incident took place this week at our home that we both regret. We are both working to drop legal charges and move forward," Durrer and Jackie Whisman told NBC News in a joint statement. "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.”
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“Mr. Durrer was dismissed as soon as the campaign learned of this situation," Crist for Governor spokesperson Samantha Ramirez said Friday in a statement to reporters.
Durrer’s resignation comes in the final stretch of Crist’s uphill battle to defeat Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. He and Crist square off Monday night in their only televised debate.
For Crist, who is trailing in the latest polls and is vastly outspent by DeSantis, the TV debate may be his best chance to pull voters to his side as the Nov. 8 election nears.
Contributed: John Kennedy is a reporter in the USA TODAY Network’s Florida Capital Bureau. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @JKennedyReport