Down He Goes: Staff Cuts For Ben Carson’s Sinking Campaign


In the latest sign that his presidential bid is running out of steam and taking on water, token brain surgeon Ben Carson will be cutting 50 staff positions, reducing his campaign team about 40% below its peak strength.

Carson campaign officials confirmed the story for the Washington Post after reporters obtained an internal memo detailing the personnel reductions.

Longtime Carson confidant Armstrong Williams said the drastic shake-up has been under consideration for weeks but was postponed until after Monday’s Iowa caucuses, where Carson finished in fourth place with 9.3 percent of the vote.

“Dr. Carson is going to get his campaign lean — really lean,” Williams said in an interview. “One issue for a while has been too much infrastructure, and he has decided to fully address it so that he can sustain his campaign until the convention.”

Despite Carson’s repeated denials that Williams has any role whatsoever in his campaign, the controversial talk radio host remains the only person in the candidate’s orbit to be quoted in the press about it.

Williams was also blamed for the resignations of key staff in December; now, he’s saying that Carson has “too much infrastructure,” which is the presidential campaign equivalent of complaining that the Titanic was too big anyway and will surely float better without its bow section.

The decision to cut staff is reportedly related to a decline in donations, which may seem odd in light of the fact that Carson raised $23 million in the fourth quarter of last year. But his campaign also spent $27 million during that same time, mostly on vendors with connections to his campaign advisers.

Grift is a constant background element to the Carson campaign, which was suspended in October while he embarked on a money-making book tour. That decision caused some observers to speculate that Carson might only be running for president as an elaborate self-promotion.

Among the cost-cutting measures mentioned by WaPo, the candidate is supposed to start traveling with a smaller entourage, and possibly even fly on commercial airlines rather than private jets. But let’s be honest: Ben Carson will never sail in steerage.

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