Jensen suffers major campaign setback as several staffers, including campaign manager, split ways

10/10/2014 01:59 PM

UPDATED 3:20 p.m.: Two of three campaign staffers say Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Elisabeth Jensen fired them and that they did not walk out on the campaign “amicably” as previously stated.

Melanie McCormick, the campaign’s former finance director, and Gracey Wise, the campaign’s former field and political director, issued a statement to Pure Politics seeking to clarify prior statements from the Jensen campaign.

“We’d like to set the record straight. No one walked out. We were fired,” McCormick and Wise told Pure Politics.

Wise and McCormick said they wished “Jensen the best in the duration of her campaign.”

Carol Andrews, Jensen’s acting communications director, told Pure Politics that three people left the campaign of their own volition, adding that “replacement talent” is en route to the campaign.

Andrews said everything is fine and that these kind of shake-ups are not out of the norm.


With less than a month until the Nov. 4 election, Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Elisabeth Jensen has suffered a major set back to her campaign as “several members” of the campaign walked out this week, according to a campaign official.

Lisa Fryman, the deputy campaign manager for Jensen, said there had been a “difference of opinion in the direction of the campaign” that resulted in several staffers leaving their positions on the campaign.

Citing an “amicable” split, Fryman said former campaign manager Allan Rivlin, who was in a line of multiple campaign managers for Jensen, was unavailable for comment and all press inquiries were being handled by another team member.

Fryman said the campaign was still “working hard” and that volunteers were filling in for full-time staffers, listing five people still working with the campaign. Jensen had employed six campaign staffers in her bid to unseat freshman U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, Fryman said.

When asked by Pure Politics how many staffers were still on the payroll, Fryman said she had said enough.

Jensen was scheduled to appear at a candidate forum Thursday night in Anderson County alongside Barr, but she did not appear. The Jensen campaign later said they were unaware of the forum.

Nick Storm

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