Longtime Huckabee Aide Leaves Campaign

MARCH 6, 2007 - Posted at 3:20 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A spokeswoman for former Governor Huckabee says longtime Huckabee aide Brenda Turner is "taking a break" from the Republican's presidential campaign.

Spokeswoman Alice Stewart says Turner told the campaign last week she would take time off from Huckabee's campaign in Little Rock.

Huckabee left as governor in January and last month formed a presidential exploratory committee.

Stewart says she does not know when Turner would return to the campaign, or in what role.

A call to Turner's home was not immediately returned this afternoon.

Turner served as Huckabee's chief of staff in the governor's office.  Turner attended the Beech Street Baptist Church in Texarkana where Huckabee was pastor before becoming governor.

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