Chaos in Carson campaign as top aides resign – Politico

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Campaign manager Barry Bennett and communications director Doug Watts both resigned, as Carson’s operation struggles to regain momentum.
Ben Carson’s campaign manager and a number of top aides resigned on Thursday, throwing the retired neurosurgeon’s presidential run into turmoil as a controversial general prepares to lead the campaign’s comeback effort.

Campaign manager Barry Bennett and communications director Doug Watts both resigned, effective immediately, after weeks of speculation about a shake-up. Carson last week indicated such a move, saying that “everything” was “on the table” as far as changes with his campaign, though he later walked that back and said, “I think the people that I have are spectacular.” Bennett told POLITICO that a slew of other senior operatives had stepped down, too, from the campaign’s general counsel to its controller.

Armstrong Williams, a close Carson confidant, told POLITICO that Robert Dees, a Carson advisor and retired Army general, will now chair the campaign, filling a leadership role that’s been vacant for months. “General Dees is going to run the organization,” Williams said.

It’s unclear who will fill Bennett’s post as campaign manager, handling the daily staff operation, but early reports indicated that the duty could fall to Ed Brookover, a veteran campaign strategist. “Brookover’s a good guy,” Williams said. “Very responsive, people like him … You have no idea what General Dees is going to ask of Brookover or anybody else.”

Williams said Dees would bring more than foreign policy heft to Carson’s campaign leadership. “This guy has managed many operations around the world. He’s managed people. He knows how to lead,” he said.

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