There’s already a staff shake-up in Gwen Graham’s gubernatorial bid

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Beth Matuga, the Democratic operative who left the Florida Democratic Party’s Senate Victory arm to work for Gwen Graham, is no longer part of the north Florida Democrat’s gubernatorial efforts.

Graham launched her bid for the Governor’s Mansion in Miami Lakes on Tuesday.

“We are thankful for Beth’s role in helping set up Our Florida PC and wish her the best of luck in the future,” a spokesperson for Our Florida, Graham’s political committee, said Wednesday evening.

An earlier report said Matuga had been let go, but the committee denied that.

Although Matuga had yet to take on a defined role with Graham’s campaign, she did leave her position with the FDP to work at some level for the former U.S. Representative.

Matuga is highly regarded in Democratic circles, although at least one well-regarded Democratic operative says they did not want to work for Graham because they did not want to report to Matuga.

Matuga has worked in politics for more than two decades, advising numerous campaigns and advocacy organizations, including Project New Florida and the League of Women Voters. Before working of the FDP, she worked for former congressman Allen Boyd.


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