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 SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE's (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential bid has departed the campaign after accepting a position with Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Lawmakers press Trump officials to change federal marijuana rules Trump and Pelosi clash over Iran, impeachment 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 Ann WarrenEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders 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 BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine MORE trailed Warren in Massachusetts in an October survey