Sinking? Alex Sink Releases Campaign Manager and Finance Guru, Brings in New Staff

Paul Dunn, we hardly knew ye.

A day after posting its campaign finance figures for the first quarter of 2010 and revealing it was outraised by GOP frontrunner Bill McCollum, state CFO Alex Sink’s gubernatorial campaign announced that campaign manager Dunn and finance director Joanna Belanger are off the team. Before his stint as Sink’s campaign manager, Dunn was best known for leading the upset effort of Suzanne Kosmas to win a seat in Congress back in 2008.

Jim Cassady, the campaign’s chief of staff who managed Sink’s CFO 2006 campaign, will be taking over. The campaign announced that Shellie Levin, a strategist for Emily’s List -- which supports pro-choice female Democrats -- has been tapped as deputy campaign manager.

The Sink campaign continues to be hampered by staff turnover. Marc Farinella, who was serving the campaign as a general consultant, left the Sink team back in February.

Republicans are trumpeting what they see as turmoil in Sink’s campaign.

“The news that Alex Sink fired her campaign manager and her finance director is just the latest tumultuous personnel shake-up in a string of failed attempts to reintroduce a lackluster candidate that even fellow Democrats continue to vocally doubt,” said Matt Williams, McCollums’ campaign manager.

New Republican Party of Florida Executive Director Ronnie Whitaker blasted Sink for hiring Levin.

“You would think that being 15 points down in the polls would cause a liberal candidate to tread more towards the center, but apparently Sink is using the opportunity to further highlight her support from one of the most far left, liberal organizations in the country,” said Whitaker in a release.

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