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Hildebrand off Meek campaign

As the former deputy campaign manager for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Steve Hildebrand gave Kendrick Meek's fledgling Senate bid instant credibility when he signed on as senior advisor at the beginning of this year.

But Hildebrand and Meek quietly have parted ways. No word from Hildebrand yet, but here's the statement from Meek spokeswoman Ana Cruz:

Hildebrand Strategies was contracted to draft and implement the initial phase of a robust field plan which was successfully accomplished with the launch of the campaign's history making petition drive. That petition plan drafted by Hildebrand Strategies is now being implemented by the campaign's staff and network of volunteers and grassroots activists with petitions being submitted from each of Florida's 67 counties.