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Rand Paul replaces campaign manager

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul has reshuffled staff and replaced campaign manager David Adams in the wake of last week's Civil Rights Act blow-up. The new campaign manager: Jesse Benton, the communications director for Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Tex.) 2008 presidential bid who's done substantial work in that capacity for the younger Paul.

"I'm the new campaign manager in title, but this isn't a campaign shake-up," said Benton. "David Adams isn't being pushed out in any way. This is just a change in roles. I was just a general consultant, but I'll be taking the official title -- David will become campaign chairman. He'll be Rand's key liaison to groups here in Kentucky."

The Kentucky political blog Barefoot & Progressive has some background and gets an important detail right -- Benton was once controversial among supporters of Ron Paul, who were confused and angry about how their $35 million in campaign donations led to loss after loss in the presidential primaries. But Benton, who married one of Ron Paul's granddaughters in 2008, relocated to Texas and stayed within the Paul sphere, winning back respect with supporters as Paul's public appearances surged in 2009. (In retrospect, many Paul fans blame 2008 campaign manager Lew Moore for the presidential operations blunders.)

By David Weigel  |  May 26, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Ron Paul  
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