Top staffers depart Gingrey's Senate bid in Ga.

6:15 PM, Nov 19, 2013   |    comments
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) in a Congressional committee hearing in Washington. (Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) - Four top staffers have left Rep. Phil Gingrey's campaign for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Political consultant Chip Lake said Tuesday that he and three others made the decision after coming to a "crossroads in the campaign." Lake says he has nothing but respect for Gingrey and that differences of opinion led to the decision.

Lake says the others who left are campaign manager John Porter, political director David Allen and adviser Justin Tomczak.

Messages seeking comment from Gingrey weren't immediately returned.

Gingrey is among five major Republican candidates vying for the seat after U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced he wouldn't run for re-election. The others are Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah and Paul Broun of Athens, former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue.

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