2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders’ campaign has parted ways with one of his deputy field directors in Iowa.
The campaign confirmed on Saturday that Kevin Lata, who joined the Vermont senator’s 2020 team after working in several positions during his 2016 run for the White House, left his position a few months ago. Lata has since taken a job managing Margaret Good’s Florida congressional bid.
The Iowa field director’s departure comes amid a series of staff shake-ups for Sanders in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Other recent changes to Sanders’ campaign staff include his political director in Iowa and his senior adviser in New Hampshire leaving his team and his former New Hampshire state director being reassigned to Massachusetts.
Rumors have swirled as of late that personality clashes and poor communication between state operations and national headquarters have plagued Sanders’ 2020 run.
Sanders attended the Iowa Steak Fry on Saturday and is expected to visit several counties in the state that voted for former President Barack Obama twice before flipping to support President Trump next week.
After an impressive show in the nation’s first caucus and primary in 2016, during which Sanders came extremely close to winning Iowa and defeated then-opponent Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, expectations are high for his performance this time around.