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Friday, April 23, 2010

Sparks campaign manager resigns

Gubernatorial candidate Ron Sparks announced Friday that he accepted the resignation of Sharon Wheeler as his campaign manager and said Rick Dent, who had advised the campaign since January, would assume the position.
Authorities arrested Wheeler early Thursday for allegedly having a blood alcohol level above the legal level of .08 percent. She was pulled over for illegal lane usage.
"She wishes to focus on her situation and does not want to become a distraction from our effort," Sparks said in a statement. "I agree that this decision is what's best for both Sharon and the campaign for which she has worked so hard. She is an extremely talented individual, who has done a tremendous job on my behalf and I hate to lose her.
"I don't drink. Drinking and driving is a serious offense and can never be tolerated. Everyone makes mistakes. Sharon is entitled to a presumption of innocence and I will support her in any way that I can. I wish her only the best."
Wheeler joined Sparks' campaign after resigning as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville after he switched parties to become a Republican. She also previously served as the chief of staff for then-Senate President Pro Tem Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe.
Recently, Dent has been a consultant for the Senate Democratic Caucus.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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