Bernie Sanders' Democratic presidential campaign is going through a period of major upheaval, with several high-level councilors heading out, just a week after the Vermont senator launched his second candidacy for the White House.
Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh, two of the best advisers who helped propel the senator's candidacy for the White House in 2016, are separating from Sanders, the campaign announced Tuesday.
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The director of the Sanders 2020 campaign, Faiz Shakir, said in a statement to Fox News that "the campaign appreciates all the work done by DML and wishes him good luck." DML is the name of the political consulting firm headed by Devine, Mulvey and Longabaugh.
"The whole company is withdrawn, we are leaving the countryside … We did not have a meeting of mind," Longabaugh told NBC News, who was the first to signal the departure of the strategists seniors. Counselors cited creative differences. .
Devine, a seasoned political strategist who was one of the key advisers to Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign in 2000 and then to Sen. John Kerry in 2004, was Sanders' chief strategist and senior deputy in 2016. Longabaugh led the campaign's game plan to win delegates and negotiate with the Democratic National Committee. Mulvey played an important role in the creation of the TV and digital campaign ads.
Sanders, who had already appeared on the 2016 Democrats' list, crushed Hillary Clinton by 22 percentage points in New Hampshire's primary, throwing her into a marathon battle with the proposed candidate, who only ended after the closing of the calendar of primaries and caucuses.
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But this time, Sanders is running on cluttered ground with several other liberal Democrats, such as Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and California Senator Kamala Harris, while others are expected to join the race.
On Monday, Sanders' campaign aimed to demonstrate enthusiasm for his campaign by reporting that 1 million people had already registered as volunteers. On Monday, six days after launching his campaign, the senator also raised $ 10 million from more than 359,914 donors. These numbers put him far ahead of his rivals for the nomination in the cash race of the campaign.
But Sanders also drew the flames of former Clinton associates, who leaked details about Sanders' use of private jets in 2016 to attend campaign rallies on his behalf. This prompted Sanders' 2016 campaign spokesman Michael Briggs to tell Politico that Clinton's staff was the "biggest hole in American politics," adding that Clinton was "one of the most hated the United States ".
During Monday night, during a public session at CNN, Sanders promised to release his taxes but downplayed his statement saying "they are very boring."
Sanders was criticized for not releasing his taxes in his main fight against the 2016 marathon with Hillary Clinton. He said Monday that he would have done it if he had beaten Clinton.
"If we had won the nomination, we would have done it," Sanders said.
Alex Pappas of Fox News contributed to this report.