Rand Paul names new campaign manager: Jesse BentonSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 13:44
by Joe Arnold
Posted on May 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM
After a week of national scrutiny and criticism that consumed the Rand Paul Senate campaign, Paul has named Jesse Benton as campaign manager, replacing David Adams, who will assume the title of Campaign Chairman, concentrating on building support county by county.
Benton was communications manager for the presidential campaign of Paul's father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and is married to Rand Paul's niece.
Benton tells me that the changes are not a result of the controversy sparked by Rand Paul's interview on MSNBC, in which the Bowling Green eye surgeon said he would worked to modify a provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits racial discrimination by private businesses such as restaurants. Paul has disputed Democratic opponent Jack Conway's claim that Paul wanted to repeal the Civil Rights Act.
Benton, who has been advising the Paul campaign for months, says the campaign changes are a "clarification of the operation already running" and of the roles he and Adams were already filling in the campaign.
The most notable strategy change appears to be a direct result of the controversy. Benton told me, unlike the primary contest that Paul publicized with dozens of appearances on national cable, such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, "we're going to make sure the campaign is now focused on Kentucky."