Staff churn on GOP campaign for Ohio governor: Jim Renacci dismisses campaign manager

After less than a month in the race, Jim Renacci has already dismissed the campaign manager for his bid for Ohio governor and has hired a replacement.

The Republican congressman from northeast Ohio, who entered the governor's race March 20, had originally hired Bryan Reed to manage his campaign. Reed is a veteran of the campaigns of new Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the former presidential candidate.

On Friday, Renacci's campaign confirmed the congressman has replaced Reed. His new campaign manager is Weston McKee, who filled that role for recent campaigns by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona.

"Bryan Reed did an outstanding job guiding us through the spring training phase of the campaign. It's now time to play ball," said James Slepian, a consultant to Renacci's gubernatorial campaign, in an email. "We're very excited that Weston McKee has come on board to lead our campaign through the Primary and on to victory in the General."

Allies and critics of Renacci agree: As a congressman, he has a reputation for high staff turnover.

He's not the only gubernatorial candidate in that situation. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, another Republican running for governor, has had five chiefs of staff in less than three years. On the Democratic side, Betty Sutton, a former congresswoman from northeast Ohio, in 2012 had the highest staff turnover in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Reed could not be reached for comment.

Cincinnati Enquirer


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