Could this be the final nail in the campaign for Dr. Ben Carson?
Every paid staffer in 2016 GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s New Hampshire-based “The 2016 Committee” super PAC walked out on their jobs this week in order to volunteer for challenger Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign.
“We hold Dr. Carson in the highest regard,” Jerry Sickles, a designated spokesperson for the former staff members, explained to local station WMUR on Monday.
“This is a man we revere, but we think it is important that our party nominate a conservative and get behind a single conservative who can win,” he explained, “and we strongly believe that candidate is Ted Cruz.”
In defending the staffers decision to opt for Ted Cruz over Ben Carson, Sickles also pointed to Cruz being “a conservative Republican in the mold of Ronald Reagan.”
Sickles also expressed his frustration with Carson’s lack of campaigning in New Hampshire.
Such grievances were nothing new for Carson, who only about two weeks ago lost his campaign manager Barry Bennett and communications director Doug Watts over complaints regarding the behavior of Armstrong Williams, one of Carson’s closest friends.
“(Carson) tried to blame some of the problems in the campaign on silly things, and I said, ‘Ben we all know the root of our problems; let’s not pretend it’s not Armstrong Williams,” former campaign manager Barry Bennett said at the time.
Despite the mounting losses for Carson, he continues to express hope nevertheless.
“As you know, the super PAC is a separate entity from Ben Carson’s official New Hampshire campaign,” David Tille, Carson’s New Hampshire state director, explained. “We have 10 staff members and hundreds of volunteers on our Carson New Hampshire team going door-to-door and making phone calls for Dr. Carson.”