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Miami Congressional candidate Annette Taddeo fires top campaign staff

Annette Taddeo, who is running in a Democratic Congressional primary against former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, has fired three staffers in a campaign shakeup.

Campaign manager Shaun Daniels, finance director Foxhall Parker and communications director Francisco Bravo were fired, said Jermaine House, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman. Bravo's last day is today while Daniels and Parker left within the past couple of weeks. (Politico reported the news earlier today.)

“It was necessary for the Taddeo campaign to change directions and hire new senior campaign staffers," House said in a statement. "Annette has a clear path to victory with the right team on board, and while difficult, we absolutely support her in these decisions. Clearly, Taddeo has the strategic eye to make decisions necessary to win.”

James Stretch is Taddeo's new campaign manager. He was formerly campaign manager for Melissa Gilberts, a Congressional candidate in Michigan. Additional staffers will be announced by the end of the week, House said.

Taddeo did not return a phone message seeking comment. The Democrats are vying to compete for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami. 

The DCCC supported the firings following polls that showed Taddeo lagging behind.

A poll released by Garcia's campaign earlier this month showed that he has a 25-point lead over Taddeo. An internal poll by Taddeo's campaign released to the Miami Herald showed Garcia has a 21-point lead but with one-quarter of the voters undecided.

Two Republicans who ran against Curbelo in 2014 -- Ed MacDougall and Lorenzo "Larry" Palomares-Starbuck -- said that a Republican plans to file against Curbelo. The two men wouldn't identify the challenger but Palomares-Starbuck told the Miami Herald that the person is not an elected official. Both MacDougall and Palomares-Starbuck are Trump supporters while Curbelo is not a fan of Trump and suggested he might be a ringer for Hillary Clinton.

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