Andrew Gillum’s campaign manager, finance director gone

In what could be a sign of a rocky road ahead for the Tallahassee mayor, it’s splitsville for Andrew Gillum and both his campaign manager and finance director.

Gillum, a Democrat running for governor in what could be a heated primary against former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, has already faced some unwelcome headlines after federal officials subpoenaed records related to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

On Friday, Gillum’s political staff issued a press release announcing the departure of campaign manager Phillip Thompson as well as deputy campaign manager and finance director Brice Barnes.

The announcement, issued by Gillum campaign spokesman Geoff Burgan, attempts to put a positive spin on the staff turnover.

“Both have been instrumental to our campaign’s early success, including raising $1.2 million in the first three months, earning more than two dozen endorsements around the state, and putting Mayor Gillum on the path to success. We wish them both the best in their next pursuits,” Burgan said.