Gubernatorial Candidate Whitmer Forces Campaign Manager To Resign Over Behavior

Feb 15, 2018

One of the Democratic candidates for Michigan governor announced she asked for the resignation of her campaign manager after details of "inappropriate behavior in the workplace" surfaced. 

Former state senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer released a statement late Thursday afternoon.

statement from Gretchen Whitmer released on February 15, 2018.

Keenan Pontoni joined Whitmer's campaign in August, replacing a previous campaign manager.

In a statement Thursday, Whitmer says she received a credible report Wednesday that a number of years ago, Pontoni had "engaged in inappropriate behavior with people in the workplace and for that reason I have asked for and received his resignation effective immediately."

Pontoni previously managed the campaign for Democrat John Ossoff in a special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

He managed Democrat Grethen Driskell's campaign for Michigan's 7th Congressional District.

He also has worked in the state House, where he coordinated special projects for Democrats.