Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s campaign manager has been sacked after being arrested earlier this week in Maryland on domestic violence charges, according to court records reviewed by CBS News.
Austin Durer, 43, was arrested on October 18 on charges of second-degree assault for domestic violence, according to Maryland court records. He was booked and released on $10,000 bail.
He was listed as a complainant in the court records of Jacqueline Wiseman, who was also charged with second-degree assault. The records for both show the same home address.
Christ campaign spokeswoman Samantha Ramirez told CBS News in a statement that Dürer “was fired as soon as this situation became known to the campaign.”
In a joint statement provided to CBS News on Saturday afternoon, Dürer and Whisman wrote:
“Very sad that this week an incident happened at our home that we both regret. We are both working to drop the legal charges and move forward. Our primary focus at this time is our daughter, our best friend.” There is great joy, and we appreciate the privacy and respect as we navigate this as a family.”
Former Florida governor and Congressman Krist is challenging Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. HeTo focus on his race against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in August.
Recent polls have shown DeSantis with a comfortable lead in the race, including the one conducted by Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business earlier this month, with DeSantis up 11 points.