Dr. Ben Carson might be a star in the conservative wing of the Republican Party, but his campaign is already running into trouble.
Four senior campaign officials have left the Carson campaign, and super PACs supportive of his candidacy are in disarray, according to The Washington Post.
Campaign aides told The Post that no effort has been made to replace the veteran consultants who have quit the team. The apparent disorganization, and Carson’s cavalier attitude toward the departures, has left many supporters worried that the candidate might be fumbling his opportunity at a White House bid.
So far, the campaign chairman, national finance chairman, deputy campaign manager and Carson’s general counsel have all resigned since the retired neurosurgeon announced his run for the presidency last month. The remaining leadership appears nonchalant about the chaos plaguing the campaign.
“Things happen, man,” Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager, told The Post. “You start out with one idea, hoping it all works out, and then you get a better understanding of what needs to happen. Remember, we’re not necessarily a group of political people.”
Carson’s “non-politician” bona-fides gained him popularity in some factions of the Republican Party, but others wonder whether he has the political sophistication required of a successful presidential candidate.
In addition to the turmoil rolling inside the campaign, pro-Carson super PACs have been unwilling to coordinate with one another, prompting competition among a number of groups for fundraising and messaging.
The news of Carson’s troubled campaign has tempered the excitement that first erupted when he announced his bid for the presidency. His disinterest in the day-to-day operations of his campaign has further fueled fears that he may not be ready.
“Dr. Carson doesn’t get involved in the minutia,” Williams told The Post.
In a crowded field of GOP presidential hopefuls, Carson’s early missteps could cost him fundraising opportunities and much-needed support, political spectators say. The proud political novice will have to be a faster study if he hopes to be a legitimate force in the 2016 Republican primary.