As Crist fades, senior staffers start jumping ship 

Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., was once thought a shoo-in for his party's nomination to replace retired Sen. Mel Martinez, R. Now he's become such an underdog in his primary against former state House Speaker Marco Rubio that his political director and new media consultant have left the campaign:

Political director Pablo Diaz, one of the first two staff members hired for the Senate campaign, is departing at the end of the month for "a new opportunity." Sean Doughtie, a well-regarded new media consultant who had worked with Crist for years, stopped working for the campaign at the end of January.

"The campaign was going in a different direction," said Doughtie.

Meanwhile, Crist defiantly expresses no regrets over his support of the stimulus package, for which he campaigned along with President Obama last February.

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