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Reports of the demise of Jon Svitavsky's U.S. Senate campaign are greatly exaggerated.

So says the social worker and advocate for the homeless, after his campaign Twitter account posted a message on Tuesday saying "The Svitavsky Campaign is Terminated."

Svitavsky is a political neophyte who announced last month that he would challenge incumbent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the Democratic nomination in 2018.

"I fired my campaign manager," explains Svitavsky. "He ran the Twitter account. I never had a lot to do with it."

Svitavsky says David Moore, a North Carolina man who claimed to represent a group called "Organizing for Democrats," approached him about managing the campaign.

"He did do a hell of a job of attracting national attention for my campaign," Svitavsky says. "He arranged a lot of interviews. But I think he was playing me."

During a face-to-face meeting about two weeks ago, according to Svitavsky, Moore laid out a plan for a "dirty campaign." The Twitter account, presumably authored by Moore, bears that out; it refers to Sanders as a "commie," a fraudster, even a pedophile.

"I told him, 'I'm Andy Griffith. I want to run a clean campaign," Svitavsky says.

The last straw came when Moore sent a contract for his services. "He wanted complete control over me and my campaign," Svitavsky claims. He refused to sign. That's when Moore apparently terminated the Twitter account.

The Organizing for Democrats Facebook page contains the post, "Organizing for Democrats withdraws support for the Jon Svitavsky for Senate campaign. All materials that are property of OFD, remain so, and are hereby closed. — Chairman, OFD-USA."

Seven Days could not immediately reach OFD or Moore for comment.

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