Alaska Republican Treadwell shakes up his Senate campaign staff

March 20, 2014

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) is making some key staff changes on his U.S. Senate campaign, announcing Thursday that he will be cutting ties with his campaign manager and a communications aide.

"I have had to make one of the toughest decision [sic] to this point in our campaign, I parted ways with Adam Jones, Campaign Manager. Rick Gorka, part of the communications team is also leaving," Treadwell said in a statement.

Treadwell did not say why he was making the move. National finance chair Peter Christensen will run the campaign day to day until a new campaign manager is in place.

The shake-up comes as former attorney general Dan Sullivan has emerged as the front-runner in the Republican race. Sullivan's raised heaps of cash -- more than five times as much as Treadwell during the last three months of 2013 -- and recently landed the endorsement of the anti-tax Club For Growth, a group known for spending money in primaries.

"By restructuring our campaign, I know our campaign will be in a stronger position to make Mark Begich a one-term Senator," Treadwell said, referencing the Democratic incumbent.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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