May 26th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Rand Paul replaces campaign manager

Rand Paul replaced his campaign manager on Wednesday.
Rand Paul replaced his campaign manager on Wednesday.

(CNN) – Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul is replacing his campaign manager as he looks to pivot to the general election and move past a series of damaging public statements about civil rights.

David Adams, a former blogger who managed Paul's grassroots campaign through his Republican primary win last Tuesday, will now serve in the role of "Campaign Chairman."

Jesse Benton, until now the campaign's top consultant, will assume the title of Campaign Manager. Benton was the communications director for Paul's father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, during the 2008 Presidential campaign. He is also married to Ron Paul's granddaughter.

Adams hinted at the re-shuffling earlier Wednesday on his Twitter account, writing that he "expects to outlive rumors of my imminent demise."

Benton stressed that the move was not a "shakeup" and said Adams will remain the campaign's "top liason to donors and the grassroots" along with being "a top surrogate" for the candidate. Benton will manage the "nuts and bolts" of the campaign, he said, with "a focus on strategy and messaging."

Republicans questioned the campaign's strategy and messaging last week after Paul granted interviews to several national media outlets and questioned elements of the Civil Rights Act - comments seized on by Democrats eager to paint the libertarian-leaning Paul as outside the Kentucky mainstream.

"This is essentially the same team, with slightly varied roles, that won the GOP primary by 24 points and was widely recognized for its effectiveness," Benton said.

Paul's Democratic opponent is Attorney General Jack Conway.


Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky • Rand Paul
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Rand Paul should do what Palin did and just quit

    May 26, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Linda from Minnesota

    Too late, his true colors have already been shown.

    May 26, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Meka

    Rand Paul had to BLAME SOMEONE!

    May 26, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Larry

    LOL. Paul, the only thing that will help you is a brain transplant.

    You have all the intelligence and depth of Sarah Palin.

    May 26, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Please

    Did Mr. Adams forget to let you know normal Americans find your views repulsive, idiotic, hateful, and not based in reality? I can be your campaign manager. KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. There is my campaign advice.

    May 26, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Rand Paul needs to be advised to think before he speaks, although what he said about Civil Rights and Disabilities was the truth as he believes it and the good people of Kentucky better think long and hard before election this idiot to the senate!

    May 26, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom (the real one)

    Replacing his campaign manager, eh? Rand Paul's campaign is in trouble. His comments about Civil Rights (loved his interview with Rachel Maddow! Rand is a male – Palin!) and Disabilities were enough to hopefully........ God willing......... get the people in Kentucky to think long and hard before electing this idiot to the senate!

    May 26, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Greg Hodges

    Is it not truely sad that what passes for a leader-wannabe these days has to have a group of damage control managers surrounding them, to avoid having fearless leader saying what they really think. It is already obvious this wingnut has little grasp of reality; coming to the defence of a company that has turned the Gulf of Mexico into the world`s largest oil slick. The fanatical right seem to want it both ways; blaming Obama for B.P.`s blunders; and then criticizing him for holding B.P. accountable. But what else would you expect from the "Drill Baby Drill" crowd; except total hypocracy.

    May 26, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Texas Granny

    Uhhhh.... I think Mr. Paul is looking for a scapegoat. The person who is responsible for the recent gaffes and the one who needs to be "replaced" is Mr. Rand Paul himself.

    BTW– I see they keep everything "in the family".... the new guy is married to Daddy Ron Paul's granddaughter. Nepotism at its best.

    May 26, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    yeah SURE it's not a shakeup! Somebody had to be the scapegoat for this foolishness so why not blame it on the campaign manager. That still doesn't change Paul's views or the stupid things he said. But then again maybe like most guys in his position he just MIS-SPOKE! So GOP how's thst "We're gonna take our country back in November thingy" going for ya so for?

    May 26, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Bruce

    Lip stick on a pig...it's still a pig!

    May 26, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. DOBBS RETURNS

    Why is Conway hiding? Let's see of which he's made.

    May 26, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. KJ

    If looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck! Rather , it is a shake-up after a severe case of "open mouth insert footitis"

    May 26, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    This is what happens when you hire a blogger instead of a real campaign manager.

    May 26, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Ross

    maybe he should change jobs....... and head a KKK outfit!

    May 26, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. rdepontb

    Next-that hairstyle should have been left in the 1960s as well.

    May 26, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Steve

    A better story would be "Campaign Manager Replaces Rand Paul."

    May 26, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Not Republican

    Here's a suggestion for the new campaign manager..
    Paul may be able to win the Republican vote with racist rhetoric, but unlikely there are enough local KKK to carry him through the general election. So, try dropping the racist line. Although it's probably too late for that. Question is, does Kentucky have enough biggots to elect a racist? Tune in this November

    May 26, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Donnatella

    To late Rand, we all know you are a racist, no matter who your campaign is. What you said is on tape that cannot be removed. Your done young man.

    May 26, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Sandy Carey

    This fool needs a lot more than a new campaign manager. He needs to get out of politics - at least in this country. We simply do not have time to suffer idiots like this guy - too much to do, too little time!

    May 26, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. parkcitybrian

    this fool needs to hire a crisis manager. he keeps putting his foot in his mouth. thank god i dont live in kentucky and have to put up with his foolhardy views and he is stupid enough to say them, btw.

    May 26, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Donnatella

    I meant to say campaign manager is, please whoever the new guy is do something about that hair it is awful. He looks like he ready to strum a banjo.

    May 26, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Ethan

    Yeah, that'll help!!!

    Jack Conway is going to run an excellent campaign and hold this FOOL Paul to account for his absurd, extreme, 19th-century views. GO JACK!!!

    May 26, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Telling the Randroid that it was safe to tell the world about his views on civil rights for minorities and the disabled and that it was ok to take BP's side regarding the Gulf spill...that was apparently bad advice. You can tell the Randroid is green behind the ears because he hasn't yet learned that he has to create an alter ego that says what the idiot masses want to hear instead of letting slip that he's actually a naive ideologue moron who lives in a daydream world of "wouldn't it be nice if the world worked this way" political theory.

    May 26, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Lewdog

    I was just wondering what that thing on his head is. Wombat?

    May 26, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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