Beto loses 2 top advisors

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Two top advisers to Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign have left the former Texas representative’s team.

Becky Bond and her deputy Zack Malitz, who were involved in the Democrat’s failed 2018 Senate election against Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, are no longer employed by the campaign, O’Rourke spokesman Chris Evans told Buzzfeed News. Evans, however, did not respond to questions about why the pair left and whether their departures were voluntarily.

The departures come as O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, has sought to professionalize a campaign operation that was, in its earliest days, small and freewheeling. O’Rourke announced his run for the presidency less than a month ago.

In March, he recruited Jen O’Malley Dillon, a veteran operative who served in top leadership roles for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, to serve as his campaign manager.

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