Report: A bunch of campaign staffers have quit on Mayor Betsy Hodges

The news comes just a few weeks before Election Day.
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It's been a turbulent year for the mayor of Minneapolis – and thanks to a bombshell report that hit on Wednesday, it may not be getting any easier for her.

Anonymous sources told City Pages that a half-dozen members of Mayor Betsy Hodges' reelection campaign quit recently.

This is the second round of eyebrow-raising departures from the campaign this year, the paper notes. 

In a statement to the Star Tribune, Hodges' people acknowledged that some staffers have left, but added they are now "fully-staffed" with an "experienced team in place that will lead us to victory.”

GoMN has also reached out to the campaign for comment. 

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, and there are a number of DFL challengers for Hodges, including Rep. Raymond Dehn, former local NAACP leader Nekima Levy-Pounds, and City Council member Jacob Frey.

You can check out what your ballot will look like here.

The mayor's recent struggles

Hodges has seen one public relations nightmare after another in 2017.

Most recently, she was sued by the city's top tax official for failing to release her full budget by the legal deadline (though Hodges ultimately prevailed in court).

Before that, she was forced to defend her decision to go on a fundraising trip to Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Justine Damond shooting

The situation was an ironic parallel to the ouster of Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, who was forced to resign in July amid criticism that she didn't return to the city quickly enough from a personal vacation following Damond's death. 

Additionally, Hodges was declared by the New York Observer the second worst mayor in America earlier this year, due in large part to the Nicollet Mall renovation (you can read more about the troubled – but almost complete – project by clicking here).

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