Washington (CNN) - Charlie Crist's new campaign for governor of Florida, this time as a Democrat, is already at a fork in the road.
After touting his hiring of New York politico Bill Hyers, Crist - who introduced the 38-year-old operative at a Miami Beach fundraiser last month as "my campaign manager" – e-mailed reporters Tuesday to announce that Hyers had left the campaign.
Hyers helped shepherd Bill de Blasio to an upset victory in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary and a romp in the general election.
A Democratic source confirmed to CNN that Hyers had exited Crist's campaign. The news was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times' Adam Smith.
It remains unclear who will replace Hyers.
"It's early. Our campaign structure is still coming together," Crist said in his e-mail to the media.
As for why Hyers left, Crist offered a simple explanation.
"Bill wanted to stay in New York because it was good for him."
- CNN National Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.