By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Updated 10:47 pm, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The campaign manager for a Republican state lawmaker running for California governor announced Wednesday that she had quit the campaign just days before the state Republican convention, although Assemblyman Tim Donnelly characterized the split as “a mutual thing,” saying he was merely caught off guard by the timing.

“We’re running a full bore, 100 percent grassroots campaign and it wasn’t a good fit for either of us,” Donnelly said in a phone interview Wednesday night, describing his operating style as “controlled chaos.”

Jennifer Kerns said in an email sent Wednesday that she had left Donnelly’s campaign but she was proud of her work on it.

“I love that and I don’t think it fit Jennifer that well,” said Donnelly, a conservative former minuteman from the San Bernardino County community of Twin Peaks.

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