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

Rand Paul replaces campaign manager

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Victim of George W's ECONOMY

    You can't hide your lyin' eyes....................

    May 26, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. hobart

    At least he's honest about what he thinks. Unfortunately, all too many Republicans agree with him that all government regulations are bad, and that all government services are bad. Libertarians, who make up a fair chunk of the party, want zero social security, zero public schools, zero public highway, utilities, libraries, space agencies, centers for disease control, the list is endless. In addition, they think all government regulation is bad, that totally laissez faire capitalism is some sort of sacred, self correcting entity that can never go wrong on its own.

    Although 20% of Kentuckians on being exit-polled in the Democratic primary in 2008 admitted they voted for Hilary because she's not black (and who tend to vote Republican every presidential election no matter who the nominee is), I hope the majority of them disagree with Paul's loathsome comments on the Civil Rights Act. Hopefully, the vast majority of them, whose kids all attend public schools, disagree with him about public schools.

    And finally, what is it with Republicans and Social Security. As someone approaching retirement age, I don't look at it at all as an entitlement. I look at it as a retirement plan into which I've been paying for over 40 years, and from which I hope to collect when the time comes. Why is wanting to get what we paid for an entitlement?

    May 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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