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Jeff Weaver won't reprise role as Sanders campaign manager

Jan 09, 2019 - Politico

Jeff Weaver, a longtime member of Sen. Bernie Sanders' inner circle who served as campaign manager of his 2016 presidential bid, will not return to that role if the Vermont senator mounts another campaign in 2020.

A person familiar with Sanders' campaign planning confirmed the news, which was first reported by CNN.

Weaver is leaving in part because the Sanders campaign recognizes that its staff needs to be more diverse for a potential 2020 run than it was in 2016, the person said.

Weaver, who was at the helm of Sanders' 2016 bid as it transformed from a written-off protest campaign to a key force in national politics, has been a pivotal figure in the senator's orbit for decades. He first volunteered for Sanders as a 20-year-old in 1986, when he drove around the then-mayor of Burlington during an unsuccessful campaign for governor. When Sanders later won a seat in the U.S. House, Weaver served as Sanders' legislative assistant and then as his chief of staff. He also worked on Sanders' House and Senate campai...