Charlie Crist campaign manager Austin Durrer released after arrest

MIAMI — Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s campaign manager has quit after being charged in a domestic violence case.

Austin Durrer was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor assault in Dorchester County, Maryland, according to online court records.

The Crist campaign announced in a statement Wednesday that Durrer had resigned, citing a family matter. But a separate statement on Friday said Durrer was removed from his post as soon as the campaign learned of his arrest.

Durrer and the woman he lives with released a joint statement.

“Very unfortunately, an incident occurred this week at our home which we both regret,” the statement read. “We are both working to drop the lawsuits and move forward. Our main focus right now is our daughter, our greatest joy, and we enjoy the privacy and respect as we cruise as a family.

Crist, who is a Democrat, canceled a Friday campaign appearance in Gadsden County. Durrer’s exit comes less than three weeks before Election Day. Crist is challenging Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who holds a consistent lead in the polls.

Deputy campaign manager Sydney Throop succeeded Durrer.

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