Manager of Donnelly gubernatorial campaign departs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker who is running for California governor says the departure of his campaign manager was a mutual decision but he was surprised by the timing.

Jennifer Kerns said in an email statement Wednesday that she has left the gubernatorial campaign of Assembly Tim Donnelly.

It comes just days before the state Republican Party convention, leaving Donnelly in a bind as he tries to woo supporters.

The Twin Peaks Republican says Kerns was not a good fit for his grassroots campaign, which he called "controlled chaos."

Kerns had appeared in a lengthy campaign video in which Donnelly praised her.

He says in retrospect, the video was a mistake because it becomes a news story "if she decides she wants to go do something else with her life."