Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King's campaign manager resigns, 3rd to leave the post


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King announced Monday that his campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.

Keith Breitbach was King's third campaign manager.

The Democrat trails Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in a new poll, and he lags far behind in fundraising as the campaign reaches a critical point with early voting to start next month.

Breitbach said in an interview he "no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign."

He acknowledged that King's campaign faced difficulty because it's struggled to raise money. King reported cash-on-hand of not quite $158,000 at the start of the month while Martinez had $3.8 million in her re-election account.

With Martinez outspending King 4-to-1 since July, Breitbach said "those aren't very good odds."

"It takes resources to run a good campaign," Breitbach said.

According to a poll published over the weekend by the Albuquerque Journal, Martinez has widened her lead over King in the past month.

King said in a statement Breitbach was "a top notch professional who stepped in when we needed one" and "got us through the summer and prepared us for the fall campaign."

Breitbach replaced Steve Verzwyvelt, who left a day after his hiring was announced by King.

Verzwyvelt resigned in late June because of disparaging comments he had posted on Twitter in the past about women and Republicans. Jim Farrell left the campaign after the June 3 primary election, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family in Las Cruces.

Breitbach said family considerations also played a role in his decision to leave the campaign. His elderly mother in Iowa has heart problems and "it is probably best to refocus my attention on my own life."

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