St. Petersburg, Florida (CNN) – At least three members of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s campaign staff resigned on Thursday shortly after Crist announced he is quitting the Republican Party and running for Senate as an independent.
Crist’s campaign attorney Benjamin Ginsberg, a veteran GOP legal player who advised both Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns and later Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign, sent Crist his resignation letter moments after Thursday’s announcement.
Communications Director Andrea Saul and Press Secretary Amanda Hennenberg – the campaign’s main conduit to the media – also resigned their positions. Both Republicans moved to Tallahassee from Washington, D.C. to work for Crist’s Senate campaign.
“It has been an honor to work for Gov. Crist, and I wish him all of the best," Saul told CNN.
Saul is a veteran of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee and worked for Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Hennenberg is also a veteran of the McCain campaign and previously served as a communications adviser to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.