Carson Campaign May Be Over Before It’s Begun

Carson Campaign May Be Over Before It’s Begun June 8, 2015

Ben Carson has officially declared himself to be in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but since that declaration it’s been nothing but disaster for him. Much of the senior leadership of his campaign has already resigned and reports say the team that is left is in turmoil.

The presidential candidacy of Ben Carson, a tea party star who has catapulted into the top tier of Republican contenders, has been rocked by turmoil with the departures of four senior campaign officials and widespread disarray among his allied super PACs.

In interviews Friday, Carson’s associates described a political network in tumult, saying the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign chairman, national finance chairman, deputy campaign manager and general counsel have resigned since Carson formally launched his bid last month in Detroit. They have not been replaced, campaign aides said.

The moves gutted the core of Carson’s apparatus and left the 63-year-old first-time candidate with only a handful of experienced advisers at his side as he navigates the fluid, crowded and high-stakes contest for the Republican nomination…

But his campaign has been marked by signs of dysfunction and amateurism, alarming supporters who privately worry that Carson’s sprawling circle of boosters is fumbling his opportunity. And, they argue, the candidate has been nonchalant about the unrest…

Two independent super PACs designed to help Carson are instead competing directly with Carson’s campaign for donations and volunteers, while campaign chairman Terry Giles resigned last month with the intention of forming a third super PAC.

Giles said he intends to try to convince the other two super PACs, called Run Ben Run and One Vote, to cease operations so that all outside efforts can be coordinated through the new group. But with Carson’s brand a galvanizing force on the right, there are potentially millions of dollars to be raised off his name, and the other super PACs are said to be reluctant to shut down.

Let me be blunt: This is amateur hour. It’s been clear from the start that Carson simply has no idea what he’s doing. He’s staggeringly ignorant of even the most basic details of public policy and he has no clue how to run a campaign. That so many experienced people have bolted his campaign already is probably the kiss of death. But I do hope he sticks around long enough to say a lot more dumb things I can write about.


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