Three of Ben Carson’s Aides Suddenly Quit His Campaign

Three of Ben Carson’s Aides Suddenly Quit His Campaign


Today three top aides to the presidential campaign of Dr. Ben Carson suddenly quit.

Barry Bennett, Carson’s campaign manager, and Doug Watts, Carson’s chief spokesman, suddenly resigned.  Carson has recently dropped in the polls as Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio have risen.  In a year of outsiders, Carson was leading the pack in the many polls only to fall back in recent months.  The Des moines Register is also reporting that Deputy Campaign Manager Lisa Coen has also resigned.

Many point to Carson’s lack of knowledge on foreign policy at a time when terrorism is in the news as a leading reason for his problems in recent months.  There was even more controversy after rumors hit that major parts of Carson’s life story were false.

In a statement reported on in the Des Moines Register, Watts said, “Barry Bennett and I have resigned from the Carson campaign effective immediately. We respect the candidate and we have enjoyed helping him go from far back in the field to top tier status. Having just announced raising $23 million for the fourth quarter, more than any other Republican candidate, and passing one million contributions and and over 600,000 unique donors. Since March, we are proud of our efforts for Dr. Carson and we wish him and his campaign the best of luck.”

Currently businessman Donald Trump is leading the Republican field according to polls.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.