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Crist Staffer’s family case turned out to be a domestic violence arrest

Austin Durrer, former campaign manager for Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, was arrested for domestic violence just a day before Crist’s campaign announced he was leaving the campaign “to focus on a family affair”.

On Wednesday, Crist’s spokeswoman, Samantha Ramirez, announced Durrer’s exit from the campaign to “focus on a family matter.”

However, it was revealed that local law enforcement arrested Durrer on Tuesday for domestic violence.

As NBC News reported:

In a brief phone interview with NBC News, Durrer acknowledged that the arrest took place in connection with the dispute with the mother of his child, Jackie Whisman, with whom he lives. He said he filed the complaint the next day, which NBC News confirmed via online court records. She confirmed the account and released a joint statement with him.

Durrer’s wife showed “signs of physical injury to her face,” according to acting Dorchester County attorney Amanda Leonard.

“She [the alleged victim] said there was an argument that turned physical with the father of her child who is identified as Austin Durrer. There were signs of physical injury on her face, consistent with what she reported,” Leonard told NBC News.

Durrer was arrested at their home in Cambridge, Maryland, ‘on the spot’, in line with law enforcement’s authority to arrest someone in response to a domestic violence call if there are signs of physical injuries.

Crist’s campaign said in a statement on Friday that Durrer “was fired as soon as the campaign learned of this situation.”

“I don’t know who in Crist World thought it was a good idea to mislead reporters in Florida that Austin Durrer quit to focus on a family matter,” Marc said. Caputo of NBC News. tweeted. “But it was actually a domestic violence arrest. They said the same thing to their fellow Democrats.

“They knew @Fla_Pol would cover for them by whitewashing campaign statements instead of reporting facts,” said Christina Push, DeSantis rapid response director. Noted. “The irony is that most people wouldn’t have blamed Crist for the actions of a now deceased member of staff – if he had been candid about what happened instead of covering it up.”

Crist’s campaign reshuffle comes less than three weeks from Election Day. Additionally, it comes as Crist plummets in the polls in his effort to unseat Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R).

A recent Sachs Media Group poll found DeSantis had a double-digit lead over Crist.

DeSantis and Crist will meet for their first and only debate on October 24.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter.

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