July 13th, 2010
05:34 PM ET
13 years ago

Rand Paul loses top adviser

(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.

Filed under: 2010 • Kentucky • Rand Paul
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  1. Terry from West Texas

    I have two problems with Libertarianism:

    1. I don't believe it will work. It is an idealistic philosophy, like Marxism. Like Marxists, Libertarians believe that government is the source of all evil. When the Government just shrivels away, the natural goodness of humanity will come out and we will all live peacefully and happily together. Unlike Marx, Libertarians believe those who have the greatest merit will make the most money. Everyone will get exactly what he deserves. I think this is nuts. It has never happened in human history and it is completely contrary to human nature. It ignores the global market and global corporations that the US is totally dependent upon for oil, food, clothing, electronic equipment, and many other necessities.

    2. I would not want to live in a Libertarian society. It would be a grim, Orwellian nightmare in which our lives would be controlled by the corporations we work for. There would be no safety net, no social security, no Medicare, no unemployment compensation, no regulations on corporate behavior. Ladies, if your boss decided that he would like to feel you in a very intimate way while you were leaning over the copy machine, you would just have to smile and say, "Oh you are such a rascal!" There would be no government agency to take your complaint and no laws against his behavior. Men, if the rigging you are working on falls and you break your back, becoming a paraplegic, your employer would simply fire you. There would be no workman's comp, no disability, no social security, and no free wheelchair from Medicare. And neither of you could sue your employer because Libertarian's don't like "frivolous" lawsuits, which is defined as a suit filed by a middle class plaintiff against an upper class defendant.

    July 13, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Let me fix that headline for ya: Rand Paul advisor quits, says he's "too well" to continue working for Rand.

    you're welcome.

    July 13, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Steph

    In other words, he decided not to be associated with a complete nut job.

    July 13, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Are we sure the Randroid did not eat him?

    July 13, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Rick

    Many more Coo-Coo's will leave this nest before November.

    July 13, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    When the ship begins to take on water, the rats will abandon ship.

    July 13, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. sharon

    Mr. Adams is not rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic – he is getting on a lifeboat. Rand Paul is nutty as a fruitcake and they blamed Mr. Adams for disasterous interviews Why?? Is Paul a dummy and he is the ventriloquist?? Mr. Adams made him say those unbelievably idiotic comments Well Mr. Adams was replaced and he is still making idiotic statements.. Imagine a Congress with Angle and Paul joining Michelle Bachman and a White House with the Palins!! The end of the world as we once knew it. You talk about terrorists having a field day nn they would just sit in their little camps and watch us self destruct. Wake up people!!!!

    July 13, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Donnatella

    The man realized he was working for an idiot, now he's talking about poor people are doing just find, what would a rich spoiled racist like Rand know about being poor. The sad part is Kentucky is one of the poorest states in the country, they also are low on the list for education, so it won't surprise me if the wack job is elected.

    July 13, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. w l jones

    One segment of the country live under the Libertarian society ideal for over four hundred years believe me it were h!!! and I do not want to go back to those days nor do I wish it on not one of my fellow American. Enough said.

    July 13, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Ben

    This should be a WARNING to all Kentucyian! Rand Paul is toxic! Need proof look at Sharron Angle.

    July 13, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Victim of GOP Taliban

    How's that radical conservative base working-out for you? Angle and Rand Paul epitomize everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. They just were the only ones that were honest enough to admit how crazy their agenda really is. The Conservatives are getting way too wacko and extreme with their agenda. Compounded by the purge and removal of the few remaining moderates left in the party.

    July 13, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. they call me "tater salad"

    Even the rats on the Titanic knew when to jump ship, so what exactly is the point of the article?

    July 13, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. vwrtb

    Two great comments... More good paying jobs please... A strong middle class is a strong America!

    July 13, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. ConstitutionalPatriot

    The mischaracterization of libertarianism above is completely wrong. Libertarians know we need government to provide, infrastructure, national defense, and general stability to avoid chaos. We also know that government is force and like fire must be contained and kept under control. We have a Constitution that would do that well if we followed it, but we don't and that is illegal. Our congress breaks the law whenever they want. Oh but we can't, they enforce their laws on us with the barrel of a gun! The corporatists are the republicans and democrats as they are all owned by the bankers and corporate elite. All libertarians I know are constitutionalists who believe in the rule of law, they just want only enough of it for us to have a relatively peaceful and tranquil society. Libertarianism and the idea of following the Constitution are the only reasonable political philosophy there is and disinformation designed to divide and confuse like the post above do us as a nation no good at all.

    July 13, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    In other words he wants to make sure he has a job come November so he's bailing out ahead of time.
    I never thought much of this guy's father, but he is 100 times worse than his father.
    Every time he opens his mouth the foot goes deeper. It must be around his stomach by now.

    July 13, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |