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Gubernatorial candidate Donald Berwick loses campaign manager

Gubernatorial hopeful Donald M. Berwick has parted ways with his campaign manager, his spokesman said today.

Luke Quandt, who had managed the Democrat’s bid for the governor’s job since October, left to join a Democratic consulting firm, Berwick spokesman Leigh Appleby said.

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“It was his personal decision and I guess it was the best for him in his career,” Appleby said.

Berwick praised Quandt in a statement.

“Luke has been a wonderful leader on our campaign,” he said. “Our campaign is in a terrific place heading into the convention and the Democratic primary because of his efforts.”

Appleby said Steve Bouchard, a Democratic consultant, would take the reins of the campaign.

The Berwick campaign has paid Bouchard’s firm, Bouchard Strategies, at least $29,000 for consulting, according to filings with the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

It’s not the first staff shakeup for Berwick. The candidate’s current treasurer is his third, according to other OCPF filings.

Appleby said Quandt’s departure was not a sign of trouble for Berwick, a former top Obama administration health care official.

“I don’t think there’s any sign of tumult in our campaign or that our campaign is shambles or anything like that,” he said.

Appleby said Berwick’s fundraising was strong, his support across the state was wide, and he was likely to garner enough backing at the June state Democratic convention to make it onto the September primary ballot.

“We’re feeling really good right now,” he said.

A message left for Quandt at the Democratic firm was not returned.

Berwick is one of five Democrats running for governor. Also in the race: two Republicans and three independent candidates.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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