Gary King's campaign manager resigns

Updated: 06/17/2014 10:24 PM | Created: 06/17/2014 9:21 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King's newly hired campaign manager has resigned because of disparaging comments about women and others that were posted on Twitter in the past.

The departure of Steve Verzwyvelt came Tuesday, a day after King announced he had hired the Louisiana native to run his general election campaign against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

King announced the resignation after a conservative web site, the Washington Free Beacon, posted a story Tuesday on tweets by Verzwyvelt, many of them from 2011 and 2012.

King said in a statement he was previously unaware of the personal comments by Verzwyvelt and they were "in direct conflict with my own beliefs of tolerance, respect and decency."

Access to Verzwyvelt's Twitter account has been restricted.

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