Eric Jaye and Gavin Newsom Are Totally Broken Up!

In a major shakeup of his gubernatorial campaign, Gavin Newsom's longtime political strategist, Eric Jaye, has left the building. Jaye cited a “fundamental difference in how to run the campaign” as the reason for his surprising departure. It appears that consultant Garry South, who helped get Gray Davis elected governor, will take over as the Main Man in Newsom's campaign.

Reading between the lines it sure sounds like a power struggle erupted between South and Jaye — and the local guy lost.

Political consultant Jim Ross, a friend of Jaye's who worked on Newsom's 2003 bid for mayor, portrayed the rift in the campaign as a battle between new-style and old-style politics.

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