Sanders's Massachusetts state director 'moves on' from campaign

Sanders's Massachusetts state director 'moves on' from campaign
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The Massachusetts state campaign director for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance Sierra Club endorses Biden for president  MORE's (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential bid has departed the campaign after accepting a position with Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedySens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey The Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war MORE's (D-Mass.) Senate campaign.

Joe Caiazzo left the Sanders campaign after previously serving as its director in New Hampshire, where the senator has been polling well ahead of the state's early primary, Politico first reported on Monday.

"Joe has been one of our first hires and was critical in building out our N.H. operation,” campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement to Politico. “We wish Joe nothing but the best in his next endeavor and thank him for playing such a critical role in the beginning of this campaign. Bernie Sanders is going to win New Hampshire and a lot of that credit will go to Joe Caiazzo.”

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The campaign had placed Caiazzo in charge of its Massachusetts operations in September, stating at the time that Sanders was “not conceding Massachusetts to anyone,” including fellow top-tier contender Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly On The Money: Administration defends Trump executive orders | CBO reports skyrocketing deficit | Government pauses Kodak loan pending review Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE (D-Mass.).

Sanders's campaign did not immediately return a request for further comment from The Hill on Tuesday.

The Vermont senator has remained in the top tier of Democratic candidates throughout the primary so far, though both he and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE trailed Warren in Massachusetts in an October survey