Morales Campaign Manager Quits Weeks Before NYC Primary

The campaign manager for New York mayoral candidate Dianne Morales has quit amid acrimony less than a month away from the June 22 primary.

Whitney Hu departed amid conflicting accounts of friction inside the campaign. Politico reported Wednesday that she left after complaining about how minority workers were treated. But Krysten Copeland, a campaign spokesperson, said in a statement to Bloomberg that Hu was the one responsible for “mistreatment of staff” and had left along with two senior officials.

Efforts to reach Hu via Twitter and LinkedIn were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

Morales said in a statement on Twitter that the campaign is “taking the necessary steps to address harm caused by certain staff. That process began last night when I sat with campaign staff -- many of whom I consider family -- for hours to listen to concerns on a myriad of issues. During this meeting, I accepted accountability in my role as the head of this campaign.”

Morales Campaign Manager Quits Weeks Before NYC Primary

The candidate’s statement cames after Morales, a nonprofit executive, was the only contender among eight leading candidates to not attend a National Action Network forum Tuesday evening moderated by the Reverend Al Sharpton.

Morales, 53, has gained traction in the crowded race. She would be the first choice of 9% of voters, according to a poll released Wednesday by Core Decision Analytics and Fontas Advisors, a political consultancy.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams led, with 18% of voters saying he would be their first pick in the ranked-choice race. Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang had 13% and former city sanitation chief Kathryn Garcia had 11%.

Morales pulled ahead of city comptroller Scott Stringer at 7%, former Wall Street executive Ray McGuire with 4%, and former Obama administration official Shaun Donovan, also at 4%.

The Morales campaign has seen a surge in contributions as her campaign raised $2.4 million in the filing period that ended May 17, according to the New York City Campaign Finance Board. She raised more than Garcia, who has been endorsed by the New York Times and New York Daily News. Garcia’s campaign raised $1.5 million.

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