Carson Loses More Staff, This Time to Cruz

Carson Loses More Staff, This Time to Cruz January 12, 2016

Credit: Michael Vadon
Credit: Michael Vadon
If you want more evidence that Ben Carson’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is circling the drain: In addition to the loss of all his top national campaign staff, now he’s lost the entire paid staff of his New Hampshire campaign office. They all quit so they could volunteer with the Ted Cruz campaign instead, the proverbial rats from a sinking ship.

All five paid staffers in the New Hampshire office of a pro-Ben Carson super-PAC have quit their jobs to volunteer for rival presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a state television station reported Monday.

“We think it is important that our party…get behind a single conservative who can win, and we strongly believe that candidate is Ted Cruz,” former super-PAC staffer Jerry Sickles told station WMUR. He added that his colleagues had been frustrated by the fact that Carson spent very little time campaigning in New Hampshire. Oddly, Carson appeared in Staten Island earlier this month.

The five former staffers had worked at the 2016 Committee, a super-PAC founded in 2013 to convince the retired neurosurgeon to run for president. Their decision to leave the Carson super-PAC comes less than two weeks after three of Carson’s highest-ranking staffers, among them campaign manager Barry Bennett, stepped down from the campaign. Carson said in a statement that he had initiated the shake-up, but Bennett told the Hill that he left over frustration with the direction the campaign had taken.

Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

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