MIAMI (CBSMiami/News Service of Florida) – Gov. Rick Scott announced who will manage his re-election campaign Friday and it requires shuffling around in the governor’s office and the Republican Party of Florida.

Melissa Sellers will leave her post as Scott’s communications director to manage the campaign.

Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, a former RPOF chairman, was named campaign chairman, a largely ceremonial position.

“This campaign will be about how we continue and even accelerate job creation so that every Floridian has the opportunity to prosper,” Scott said in a release.

Scott’s finance team will be headed by Mike Fernandez, chairman of Coral Gables-based MBF Healthcare Partners, and Darlene Jordan, who was Mitt Romney’s national finance co-chair in 2008.

RPOF communications director Matt Moon will assume the same position at the campaign, and RPOF strategist Tim Saler will take over as deputy campaign manager, overseeing media and voter outreach.

Sellers joined Scott’s office in September 2012 as communications director after serving in the same post for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both in his 2007 campaign and during his first term in office.

Sellers also served as director of regional media for the Republican National Convention. Both Moon and Saler once worked for the Republican National Committee.

Susan Hepworth will take over for Moon and George Riley will be the RPOF political director. No changes were immediately announced to replace Sellers or reorganize Scott’s governor’s office.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.


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