(CNN) – Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul's campaign chairman David Adams has left the campaign, a Paul aide told CNN Tuesday.
"He decided he preferred in-state politics to federal politics," Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton said in an email. "He's a great guy and will be missed."
The Associated Press reported that Adams is leaving to run the campaign of an "unnamed gubernatorial ticket."
Adams had served as Paul's campaign manager throughout the Republican's upstart primary bid, but was replaced in that role by Benton after a disastrous string of national media interviews in which Paul made controversial remarks about the Civil Rights Act.