A week or so after Ben Carson told the Associated Press he was planning a “major shakeup” to his campaign, both his campaign manager and his communications director have quit, just a month before the Iowa caucuses. They were reportedly feuding with Carson due to his unofficial adviser and spokesperson, conservative columnist Armstrong Williams. Everything’s fine though!
Carson, as you may recall, conducted that AP interview without the knowledge of his campaign manager Barry Bennett; on Thursday, both Bennett and spokesperson Doug Watts resigned, leaving behind a real shady statement about how much they enjoyed making Carson into a not-loser: “We respect the candidate and we have enjoyed helping him go from far back in the field to top tier status.”
Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register says she’s hearing that the two left because of Carson’s relationship with Armstrong Williams, who sometimes appears on TV speaking for Ben Carson, but who Ben Carson says “does not speak for me.”
An anonymous source who definitely isn’t Bennett or Watts told NBC that Williams has been “an ongoing problem since day one,” calling fundraising issues and sagging poll numbers ““all self-inflicted wounds created by Armstrong Williams.”
A week ago Bennett told reporters there would be no change in Carson’s campaign staff, which has proved to be as demonstrably true as many things Ben Carson says.
Carson speaking to the Associated Press, December 23, 2015. Photo via AP Images