Top staffers resign from Ben Carson campaign

Top staffers resign from Ben Carson campaign
Credit: Scott Morgan / Washington Post

Three of Ben Carson’s top advisers, including campaign manager Barry Bennett, quit Thursday following an internal power struggle, a sharp decline in the polls and a week of confusion about who would remain on the former neurosurgeon’s presidential campaign team.

“Barry Bennett and I have resigned from the Carson campaign effective immediately,” said departed communications director Doug Watts in a statement to The Washington Post. “We respect the candidate and we have enjoyed helping him go from far back in the field to top tier status.” Hours later, Carson’s deputy campaign manager Lisa Coen also submitted her resignation.

Armstrong Williams, Carson’s longtime confidant and business adviser, told The Washington Post that retired Army general Robert F. Dees, a campaign foreign policy adviser whom the candidate first met at church this year, would take over as chairman.

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