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Harry Reid, Alex Sink Drop Aides Who Became GOP Targets

It's been a bad week so far for aides to high-profile Democratic candidates. And it's only Tuesday.

Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, fired one of her campaign aides after he broke the rules of her debate with Republican Rick Scott by texting her advice during a TV commercial break during Monday night's debate.

From the Associated Press:

Sink said in a statement that she "immediately removed" from her campaign an aide who tried to communicate with her via a cell phone text message shown to her during a break in Monday night's debate. That broke ground rules that both campaigns had agreed to beforehand.

Her Republican opponent, Rick Scott, mentioned the gaffe when the CNN debate came out of the commercial break, and his campaign fired out press releases to reporters pointing it out.

Meanwhile, Sen. Harry Reid fired an aide in his Nevada office after an allegation emerged that she had married a man in 2003 in order to help him with his immigration status.

From another AP story:

Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in an e-mail that the conduct Diana Tejada is alleged to have committed was "clearly wrong." He said Reid's office was not previously aware of the allegations, first reported Monday on FoxNews.com. He added Tejada is no longer with the office after an internal investigation.

"But the bottom line remains that this story was a desperation measure by partisan Republicans, who have stooped to slinging mud about junior staffers to score points in the waning days of (the U.S. Senate) campaign," Manley said.

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