Cheri Beasley’s staff in turmoil following departure of campaign manager, finance director

Former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice Cheri Beasley speaks at a luncheon in this file photo.

RALEIGH — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley’s campaign is reeling following the departure of two well-regarded senior staff members.

Katie Gladstone, who joined the campaign in the spring before Beasley’s entry into the race, is leaving the campaign. Margaret Nelson, Beasley’s finance director, left the campaign in July, according to The Associated Press.

Gladstone’s last tweet about Beasley was on July 6. Until that point, she frequently retweeted the former chief justice’s tweets.

The Daily Kos first reported the departure of the staffers.

The AP reported that Gladstone, will remain on staff during a transition period.

In a statement, communication director Dory MacMillan said, “As we gear up for the next phase of the campaign, we are focused on continuing to meet with North Carolinians throughout the state, and our campaign is grateful for everyone who has worked to put our campaign in the strong position we are in today.”

Responding the news that Beasley’s top staff left the campaign, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Alex Nolley said, “The Democrats have some serious problems when it comes to the North Carolina Senate race. Cheri Beasley’s senior staff members have jumped ship, Jeff Jackson is lagging in fundraising and Erica Smith can’t stop throwing insults at her own party. It’s clear that the Democrat Senate primary is in chaos, and we can expect it to cost them at the ballot box in Nov. 2022.”