TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager is joining Charlie Crist’s campaign.

Monday evening Crist tweeted out a welcome to Jim Messina.

Messina is expected to act as more a senior advisor instead of a campaign manager, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

At least seven former campaign workers from President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns have signed on for Crist’s campaign to challenge Rick Scott for the governor’s job in 2014.

Shortly after the Messina tweet was posted, the campaign touted another big-hire from Obama’s team: Teddy Goff, digital director for the president’s reelection campaign, who oversaw its social media, web video and online advertising efforts.

Goff has been hired along with his firm, Precision Strategies, which includes other top Obama advisors.

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