Top House Dem Candidate Parts Ways With Campaign Manager Amidst Controversy

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER, 16: Aftab Pureval, left, and Steve Chabot, right, debated on October 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center.Chabot, the incumbent Republican for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, debated Aftab Pureval, the Democrat challenging for the seat. Hosted by WKRC-TV, this is the first in a series of three debates between the candidates, who have a repuation of attacking one another in what's become a fiery campaign. (Andrew Spear for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER, 16: Aftab Pureval, left, and Steve Chabot, right, debated on October 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center. Chabot, the incumbent Republican for Ohio's 1st Co... CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER, 16: Aftab Pureval, left, and Steve Chabot, right, debated on October 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center. Chabot, the incumbent Republican for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, debated Aftab Pureval, the Democrat challenging for the seat. Hosted by WKRC-TV, this is the first in a series of three debates between the candidates, who have a repuation of attacking one another in what's become a fiery campaign. (Andrew Spear for The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 31, 2018 2:07 pm
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A Democrat in a key House race has parted ways with his campaign manager just days ahead of the election.

Aftab Pureval, who’s in a competitive race against Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), told the Cincinnati Enquirer that “new information” about his campaign manager’s conduct had led her to resign.

“Our campaign holds itself to the highest standards of professionalism and accountability,” Pureval told the paper. “While the actions of a few are inappropriate, we’re proud of the campaign we’ve run.”

He didn’t make clear what that new information was, but the shift came the day after Chabot’s campaign accused Pureval’s of sending staff to infiltrate them.

The staff shakeup is the latest turmoil for Pureval, who’s been dogged by questions about whether he improperly used money for his Hamilton County clerk of courts campaign account as he geared up for his congressional campaign, a potential violation of campaign finance law.

In spite of his missteps and the district’s heavy GOP lean, Pureval has stayed fairly competitive with Chabot. National groups that had pulled out of the race as it looked like it was getting less competitive have gone back in in recent weeks.

But Republicans believe that Chabot had cemented a lead in the race even before this latest setback, and even in a Democratic wave year, Pureval’s campaign issues may prove too much to overcome.

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