Jake Hajdu told WisPolitics.com today he is leaving his post as campaign manager for Dem Dana Wachs’ gubernatorial bid to spend time with his new son.
Hajdu, who will be replaced by deputy campaign manager Brita Olsen, said the move has nothing to do with the campaign’s finances. Wachs, D-Eau Claire, spent more than two-thirds of the money he raised during the second half of 2017 and made a significant personal contribution to the race.
“I am not going to another campaign. I have no intention of joining another campaign,” Hajdu said in an interview. “I am 100 percent on ‘team Dana’ and am available to the campaign and want to be helpful to the campaign.”
Hajdu, 34, worked for the state Dem Party from 2009-15, when he joined Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. While working for the former secretary of state, he served as director of her Wisconsin campaign and then joined Wachs’ campaign in August.
Olsen, 32, was political director for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign in Wisconsin and served as political director for the state Dem Party from October 2013-May 2016. She also previously worked as a legislative aide and in other campaign posts.
Hajdu and his wife Katie brought home their adopted son Clark three weeks ago, when he began a temporary leave from the campaign.
See more in today’s Report, where this story first appeared.