Charlie Crist dismisses campaign manager over arrest

U.S. Rep Charlie Crist, D-Fla., waves to photographers after voting Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Crist is running for Florida Governor against Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the primary election. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Note- Austin Durrer stands behind Charlie Crist) (Chris O'Meara, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MIAMI – Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s campaign manager Austin Durrer has left his position after being charged in a domestic violence case.

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

The Crist campaign announced in a Wednesday statement that Durrer had resigned, citing a family matter, but another statement released Friday said that Durrer was dismissed as soon as the campaign learned of his arrest.

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

“Very sadly, an incident took place this week at our home that we both regret," the statement said. "We are both working to drop legal charges and move forward. 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.”

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

The campaign’s deputy manager, Sydney Throop, has taken over for Durrer.