May 26th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
5 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. CaDreamUSA

    Firing the his manager still does not address his stance on civil rights when it comes to private business racial practices, charter schools and so much more.,Sometimes government is needed to help us stay on a track of uniting instead of dividing.I believe Rand Paul is not racist as much as a simple minded man to think that racist should not be handled by the govermnet when it comes to private business....

    May 26, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    oh? Then why did the top Senate Republican, Mitch McConnell say it's time for Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul to stop talking to the national press.

    "I think he's said quite enough for the – for the time being in terms of national press coverage," the Senate Minority Leader said.

    Great Quote: Mark Twain said, “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years after it happens anywhere else.”

    May 26, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Probably takes dictation from Turtle-face McConnell (the never-ending shame of the state of Kentucky).

    May 26, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Oh, it was the campaign manager's fault. Paul's biggest liability is his own wacky views. The only thing that might save him is a roll of duct tape.

    May 26, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Mr. Paul doesn't have to change managers, he has to change his views, of almost everything.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    May 26, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. jj

    He might consider replacing his own mouth as well!

    May 26, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. key

    Yep teach him while he's still a young buck in the GOP. Just Stay on our no platform.

    May 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Moderate

    Change who you want, you can't change you. If corporations have rights, and all individuals have rights to their futures, bodies and fortunes, you are at least refreshing. It's nice to see a Pro-Choice GOP candidate for a change.

    Oh your not for it? So the government should be able to tell you what you must do with your own body? Man you are to easy to trip-up.

    Go back to wearing your tin foil hat so the evil rays and sprits won't get in, again.

    May 26, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. david john

    his remarks were very very telling on alot of levels.......i think the cat is out of the bag. if it smells like a rat, looks like a rat, acts like a rat.....it's a rat.

    May 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Robert Warner

    Fire all the people you want, it won't change the FACT that you believe that black and white water fountains are the american way and that BP Oil is a victim.

    May 26, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    The campaign manager should've replaced HIM! this guy is the perfect representative of the teabagger party! he absolutely shows what this ignorant, racist mob is about. they're probably all panicking because their true colors are being revealed for all to see. he's doing the Democrats a huge favor so i guess i should thank him. :-)

    May 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Sgt. USMC

    The first step should be to keep your inner RACIST inside and out of the public eye.

    Maybe the last guy overlooked the fact that we have moved on from the crowe era.

    Try not to seem like the A.H. you appear to be, most voters won't vote for an A.H.

    Get rid of the teabaggers, they are not nice people. (whispers) It goes against the whole hiding the racist side of you part.

    Fix those things right there and you are sure to win bud.

    Shoot, I can be your campaign manager.

    May 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Shucks

    What? Was he not bigoted enough? Did he refuse to wear a hood at the last meeting?

    May 26, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Just replacing your campaign manager does not mean you will escape contention for the weekly "Palin with a Penis" Award.

    I decided to institute this award after your comments last week and it will be awarded weekly, but I have a feeling you may as well go ahead and clear a spot on your mantle now.

    May 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Wisconsinite - Conservatives want to take their country back. Progressives want to move their country forward.

    Yeeaaaahhhh. Because it's the campaign manager's fault, not the fault of the guy who doesn't believe that one race of people in this country should have the same rights as the other race of people. Rand Paul: One PRIMARY and done!

    May 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Too little too late Rand. Take your philosophy and shove it. Your campaign manager shouldn't be fired. You should not even be in this race with your extremist views.

    May 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. BobH

    Maybe he should replace the candidate instead?

    May 26, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Laverne

    No matter what he says from this point on, the damage is done. He will probably still win in November, but his comments will always haunt him!

    May 26, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Joe

    Good first move. Now replace the candidate.

    May 26, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. greg the progressive

    you can re-arrange crap in the toilet, but it is still crap in the toilet.

    May 26, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Dylan Raines

    I think the only reason this story appears in the news is due to the current controversy around Rand Paul. Which to me, makes me believe this is an example of the news industry sinking more into tabloid journalism. Does Rand Paul changing his campaign manager actually effect anyone's lives or how whether or not they would vote for him?

    May 26, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but

    What do you expect from a guy who's named after a second-rate romance novelist. Have a nice day!

    May 26, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. RTB

    Fire the campaign manager? Now there is a convenient scapegoat for Randy.

    The cat is already out of the bag, this jerk is a neanderthal.

    The Republicans have one train wreck after another running for office.

    May 26, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    well now I guess the honeymoon can start....ALL IS FORGIVEN!

    May 26, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "you can re-arrange crap in the toilet, but it is still crap in the toilet."

    I'll give him one thing...he's at least smart enough to have realized you can't shove it back in like the rest of his party tries to do. I swear I would expect to find them walking their dogs and trying to shove one back in with the inside-out-sammich-baggy glove on.

    May 26, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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