Chaos At Dr. Stabby’s Campaign: Top Staffers Bail Over Clashes With Allegedly Closeted Adviser

Via Talking Points Memo:

Two top aides to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson resigned from the campaign and predicted a wave of departures to come Thursday, casting the troubled campaign into uncertainty with just a month until the Iowa caucuses.

Campaign manager Barry Bennett and communications director Doug Watts resigned over conflict with Armstrong Williams, a Carson adviser the campaign has said has no official role, according to the Des Moines Register. In a statement provided to NBC News, Watts said the resignations are effective immediately.

“Barry Bennett and I have resigned from the Carson campaign effective immediately,” he said. “We respect the candidate and we have enjoyed helping him go from far back in the field to top tier status…We are proud of our efforts for Dr Carson and we wish him and his campaign the best of luck.”

Days before Christmas, Armstrong and Williams invited The Washington Post and Associated Press for a sit-down at the candidate’s Maryland home about upcoming staffing changes to the campaign – without Bennett’s knowledge, the Post reported.

Earlier this month porn magnate Larry Flynt offer a $1 million reward for proof that Armstrong Williams has sexually harassed other men.

  • pickypecker
    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Listening to Sweeney Todd last night made me think of this photo op. Ben Carson, the Demon Candidate of the GOP. Well, one of them anyway.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        My favorite musical.

        • TuuxKabin

          Mine too. Seen every production that came along, with Christine Baranski doing as good a job as Angela Lansbury. Both superb. Just listened and read the libretto to HAMILTON. Very good and historically enlightening and accurate from some follow up research I did. Happy New Year Anastasia dahlingk.

          • coram nobis

            This is a good version too, and Imelda Staunton just made the end-of-year Honours List, so it’s apropos and well-timed.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryF2rt0hQiM

          • TuuxKabin

            Delightful. Thanks.

          • David Walker

            I never heard of her until “Pride,” right after which I started looking her up. Good god, what a talent! The honors = Dame, yes? Outstanding!

          • coram nobis

            She was an over-the-top character in the Harry Potter films. She also did good work in minor work like “My Family And Other Animals”. She’s been doing a lot of interesting work.

          • Octavio

            I saw Lansbury do it in 1982. Have to admit, she was very, very, and very very good.

          • perversatile

            tho it’s not the musical- it’s a must see
            ”The Story of Sweeney Todd” featuring the delightful Joanna Lumlery as Mrs Lovett

          • TuuxKabin

            Thanks, I’ll check it out.

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            I tried to see Hamilton the last time I was in NYC. Tried to buy tickets months ahead. Still ridiculously overpriced. I can’t justify paying $4 per minute for a show.

          • TuuxKabin

            I know what you mean. A friend sent the soundtrack as a Christmas gift. Haven’t seen a play in the longest time. The Times Square just gets me too skittish on my short leash.

          • Jeffrey

            I just bought my tickets for October. $240 a piece well in advance.

          • Reality.Bites

            For one or $120 per person?

          • Jeffrey

            240 per ticket, but that’s a good price right now

          • Reality.Bites

            Ouch

          • Jeffrey

            Yeah the tickets are high, but the demand is there. For a while.

          • TuuxKabin

            well, a fool and his money . . .

          • Jeffrey

            If you can’t afford it then don’t go, but I’m going. Thanks for your concern.

        • Octavio

          What is that?

          It’s priest, have a little priest
          Is it really good?
          Sir, it’s too good, at least
          Then again, they don’t commit sins of the flesh
          So it’s pretty fresh

          Awful lot of fat only where it sat
          Haven’t you got poet, or something like that?
          No, y’see, the trouble with poet is
          ‘Ow do you know it’s deceased? Try the priest.

          Heavenly. 😛

        • Reality.Bites
          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Mine are still Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Rocky Horror. Does that date me?

          • Reality.Bites

            I don’t think so. Colfer got Glee to do a whole Rocky Horror episode because he always wanted to play Riff-Raff and he’s only 25.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sW58kThy_w&spfreload=10

            I saw Rocky Horror on stage in London in September with Richard O’Brien as the Narrator. He and it were awesome.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m12-sRzsyEo

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            It was on bbc at Halloween taped in London. I thought it was great.

      • Jeffrey

        You just outed yourself as a homosexual!

        • TuuxKabin

          Honay, I’ve been way too out to be outed now. And you just commented earlier, re: new year’s resolutons . . . never mind.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      If I had a hammer,
      I’d be hammered in the morning! I’d be hammered in the evening, all over this land.

      • pickypecker

        A bright and beautiful NY to you, dear!
        http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lninqqhRtW1qgrxobo1_500.gif

        • Good Shot Green

          May favorite Karen-booze-ism is when she gives up coffee and says something like, guess I’ll have to drink my Bailey’s straight – it’ll still be the best part of waking up!

      • bkmn

        ..

        • Doug105

          Good vodka is made from potatoes just pour a bowl or two.

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        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          Here’s the recipe (note the name of the recipe – very topical).

          http://www.today.com/recipes/cloud-nine-potatoes-t53931

          .

        • OrliJoe in Fla

          El marido and I are laughing hysterically – jeebus bless you, this is too fucking good!

          • bkmn

            Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed. It is always nice to make someone smile.

      • 2karmanot

        I’ll think to that!

      • David Walker

        Have a happy, Ms. Beaverhousen. We’ll see how much of this you can deal with.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng2Ls4OA2k4

        • John30013

          I don’t think this song is meant for choreography… Pete Seeger is spinning in his grave!

        • BearEyes

          Yikes!

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Dear god who is this woman. She looks like my mother!

          • Homo Erectus

            I thought she was Grace’s mom.

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            U are right. That’s where I have seen her.

        • GeoffreyPS

          Wrong! So very wrong!

        • Phillip in L.A.
        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          Worst version evah!
          Even Lawrence Welk couldn’t have deteriorated it more.
          This is the Plan 9 from Outer Space of song.

          • David Walker

            Definitely. And people wonder why we took drugs to get through the ’60s.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            I had never made the connection between Debbie Reynolds and the ’60 high. Now, it all makes sense. ☺

      • Michael Rush

        I assume , then , that you have a hammer .

    • coram nobis

      Now that Mackie’s back in town!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiGFZUnJgqU

      • Grumpy old Man

        I see every “ThreePenny Opera” and “Beggar’s Opera” whenever one comes through town. I have gone to local productions in some of the small towns nearby. I always think of it as “that Veill” music – some people get it (but fewer and fewer as I age).

        • coram nobis

          I also recommend “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.” The LA opera production with Audra Macdonald and Patti LuPone was particularly good, and is on DVD.

  • Sporkfighter

    Chaos At Dr. Stabby’s Campaign“?

    Chaos is Dr. Stabby’s campaign!

  • Sam_Handwich

    “[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,” Bennett told ABC News on the
    phone. “Ben said I’ll talk to him, I’ll talk to him. But I’ve heard that
    for nine months now.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ben-carson-campaign-manager-inside-campaign-disfunction/story?id=36032830

    • Gustav2

      They wanted Armstrong’s piece of the action in this campaign for profit…I mean, the presidency.

      • clay

        and they thought they’d get it by actually running, like, you know, a professional campaign rather than this amateur shit show.

        • Gustav2

          It sounds like Williams’ piece of the pie came first.

          • clay

            always and forever, likely before Ben’s.

    • Chucktech

      “Ben we all know the root of our problems, let’s not pretend you’re a strong candidate. You really are just awful, with your weak demeanor and eyes half shut and zippo knowledge of foreign policy and domestic issues. Oh, and this closet homo, Armstrong Williams, has to go”

      • Gerry Fisher

        “closet homo scammer.” You forgot scammer.

    • perversatile

      “Ben said I’ll talk to him, just let me go ask my husband
      and he’ll tell me what to do -Oh shit! I hope Jesus doesn’t
      hear about us -he gets ever so jealous”

    • Reality.Bites

      Anyone want to do a rewrite on the lyrics here?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8iNQvFhrNY&spfreload=10

      • Cuberly

        Oy vey, that song brings back memories. That song seemed to be played in a loop at a local public pool when it was out.

        Immediately think of hanging out there as a kid, getting badly sunburned. Eating popsicles, playing marco polo….good times.

        Preference is for the extended version of course.

        • Reality.Bites

          “Preference is for the extended version of course.”

          You’ve said that about so many things.

          • Cuberly

            True, well that and quality vs quantity. 😉

      • Gerry Fisher

        I love that bass run.

    • safari2bongaloo

      The gay agenda strikes again. Williams is obviously a plant to sabotage Dr. Stabby 😛

  • Tempus Fuggit

    //hevs.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Here. Take this Award of Irrelevancy. It’s yours, Dr. Stabby.

  • Mark

    I still say that photo makes him look like Janet Porter — fraternal twins, separated at birth?

    • clay

      They’re brother and sister in the Spirit.

  • Michael Smith

    Remember when he was in the lead for two weeks? I love GOP primaries. They’re a never-ending source of schadenfreude.

    • bkmn

      In a way I miss the 2012 GOP primaries where everyone got to drive the KKKlown KKKar for a week or so before they opened their mouths and pissed off part of the base.

      • Chucktech

        They knew that if no one took the wheel of the clown car, the driving would default to Romney. That’s why all of them had a chance at the helm until they each imploded.

  • bkmn

    As a reminder it was Armstrong Williams who took money from the W administration to push No Child Left Behind while appearing to be a reporter reporting on NCLB. The guy is looking to make money on Dr. Stabby’s campaign, not run a campaign.

    • BobSF_94117

      So you mean he and the candidate are in perfect sync?

  • otterpop

    “Armstrong and Williams” – is he schizophrenic?

    • Octavio

      Maybe Carson and Williams are butt buddies? Who knows. It’s possible. 🙂

      • Brian Burleson

        Just ick!

    • LonelyLiberal

      You can repeat that cartoon for both the Carson campaign and the ! campaign.

      • zhera

        Is he now Jeb~ ?

        • LonelyLiberal

          While he has an ass ton of money and I wouldn’t quite count him out yet in the event of a brokered convention, I’m just adding a period to his name and calling it the “Jeb.” campaign. Because it’s over.

  • “I don’t know who all will still be here, it’s not my problem” Bennett said. “I can play amateur politics at home with my 9-year-old I don’t need to do it at the professional level.”

    • Chucktech

      “And best of luck to you, Dr. Carson, on your future endeavors…”

      • Grumpy old Man

        Isn’t this just an extended book tour for him?

  • Alan43

    Hey, I’ve been thinking, could Carson be part Finnish? That would explain the stabbings, the Finns really love their knives

    Wait, though, he doesn’t drink, being a 7th Day Adventist. Finns love getting drunk nearly as much as their knives…

    • TampaDink

      Whatever he is part, part Finnish or part human, his campaign is part finished.

      • TuuxKabin

        Bing! You win. Best laugh of the day for me.

        • TampaDink

          Glad I could help.

    • Hue-Man

      Classic Finnish joke.

      One day two friends, Jukka and Pekka, go to a sauna in the woods where they drink vodka in silence for a
      couple of hours. Then Jukka asks: “So Pekka, how have you been doing?”
      Pekka says nothing, and they continue drinking for another couple of
      hours. Eventually Jukka asks: “How’s the family?”. At that point, Pekka
      stands up and shouts: “Did we come here to talk, or did we come here to
      drink?”

    • DaddyRay

      Or maybe part Swiss – I hear they have some fancy army knives

  • Gustav2

    Can we talk? Armstrong Williams has been Stabby’s business partner for a while and Stabby doesn’t do anything with out his approval. The campaign has been mostly direct mail, the most expensive outreach and little the others could make money off of…Oh! You didn’t know campaign bigwigs also get a percentage of TV and radio ad buys? Silly citizen, these people don’t work for just their 6 figure salaries! Then Williams also scheduled PAID speeches for Stabby during the campaign, where he is the agent. Campaign staffers, who should be making these monies, ahem, I mean decisions. are pissed.

    • Octavio

      Thanks for the heads up. All of those things I did not know. Now that I do, I’m even more pissed. But that’s not your fault. Thanks again.

      • Gustav2

        You really didn’t think it takes a billion dollars to become president without a whole lot of legal skimming did you?

        • Octavio

          Let’s not go there. It’s best not to know what I think. 🙂

          • Gustav2

            Wait, did you know who is running Cruz’ Super PAC? David Barton, yes that David Barton who is a Dominionist who writes Jefferson was almost like a Baptist and screwed up the Texas School Board. He will never have to write another bad book as long as he lives with the money he is making off the PAC.

          • Octavio

            Nope. I did not know that. Now I’m even more pissed!

          • Gustav2

            I can’t wait to see the ads Barton runs in the South, then make national news.

            The rest of the country may see what these fine Christianists are really like.

          • David L. Caster

            All the messaging will be in code, undecipherable to anybody that hasn’t partaken of the blood.

          • Grumpy old Man

            the Domionist code IS subtle – it needs careful reading and some background knowledge that is not necessarily readily available.

          • David L. Caster

            Exactly. The insiders will get it, but casual observers will be lulled into a false sense of security or just not see the danger. The non-fire-breathing scamvangelists can sound very reasonable unless you are carefully parsing what they say. They use bible verses like code in order to communicate between themselves and the faithful. The effect is similar to the one a snake charmer has on a cobra. This is why people that are barely getting by can be conned out of the money they need for food, shelter, and medicine so some grifter can do all the prospering by the gospel.

          • Grumpy old Man

            I think it was Umberto Eco who turned me on to the subtle play of sub-text based on (shared?) culture. Reading his really dense works sensitized me to what the domionists were doing – but someone had to name them for me; without the name, there was nothing to tie those people together. The
            Texas rancher trying to breed a red cow, a preacher wanting to send up satellites named Angel 1 – Angel 7.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/226b630c00756199a89ac3139b413ca2549e0df944420e0018375d4c0147bd95.jpg
            Oops, I think I am falling into Foucault’s Pendulum

          • popebuck1

            Well, if you suddenly turn up strangled in the Louvre, we’ll know what happened.

          • Grumpy old Man

            I would rather end as the pendulum, knocking over the pins.

          • Gerry Fisher

            Ugh

        • Gerry Fisher

          I think it also explains tRump’s clearly incompetent spokeswoman. She’s trying to follow the money.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      moral of the story?,,,,,,
      republicans wont take a dump if theres no money involved. Theyd sell their mom for a few bucks.

      • Gustav2

        This is really a “both sides do it” story. Democratic campaigns are run basically the same way.

    • bkmn

      Which is also why the GOP campaigns keep going to the same polling firms that told them Romney was going to win in a landslide. Kickbacks from their buddies keep them going back for more, even if the work is crap.

  • bryan

    He’ll blame the media and political correctness…

    • Dagoril

      Oh that Lamestream Media!

  • bambinoitaliano

    How does one even begin to rearrange a pile of shit that looks presentable?

    • zhera

      You start with putting the lid down. Then you flush twice. Chlorine in the toilet bowl overnight, then a thourough scrub down.

      Finally, sell the house and flee the country.

  • LonelyLiberal

    We always knew Carson would crash and burn–fairly early, too.

    • clay

      He made it few weeks later than Herman Cain. Maybe next cycle they’ll try that war criminal (also) from Florida?

      • LonelyLiberal

        Yes, Carson will always have December. 🙂

    • Chucktech

      I’m frankly surprised he made it off the runway.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I hope they go to work for Trump or Cruz or Marco. Their ships need sinking.

  • bambinoitaliano

    When his campaign collapse make sure you guys don’t go near the hospital he will be returning to. He will cut a few bitches out of spite.

    • clay

      (he was already retired to make money off his “books” and “speeches”)

  • JCF

    At first I thought the headline said “closest advisor”, but then I realized you’d really got it right!

    Williams gives them their walking papers—

    https://31.media.tumblr.com/3fd2e8fc253a05714d1c4932c719ae7a/tumblr_inline_n19cl1yOgU1qi0s32.gif

  • shellback

    Relax, Dr. Stabby. You don’t need a staff because jeezis said you’re a winner.

    • Ore Carmi

      Jesus: “You misheard me–I said weenie, not winner.”

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        I thought Jesus said Ben was a sinner.

      • clay

        . . . “and a little mouse weenie, at that.”

  • Ninja0980

    Doc Stabby rode the I’m a black man who told Obama off at a prayer breakfast as far as he could.
    Sadly for him, most of his passengers have had enough and are now getting off at the nearest station to see what else is out there.
    Good riddance to him, let’s hope the knives and hammers are hidden on the day he drops out.

    • TuuxKabin

      Seems they’re getting off before the next station.

      • coram nobis

        It’s either that midnight train to Georgia, or maybe the 3:10 to Yuma.

  • another_steve

    I’d like to remind American viewers of Maryland’s PBS station — MPT — that MPT, right up to Carson’s entry into the presidential race, was using this theofascist monster for station fundraising purposes, as well as hawking “inspirational” videos of him on the station’s website.

    In the months leading up to Carson’s entry in the race, I wrote several times to MPT, demanding that they cut off their connections to the monster. Those demands ignored, I got GLAAD involved, and the station eventually scrubbed Carson from their programming and website.

    My advice to queer people and straight allies: Do not send your PBS contributions to MPT. Send them instead to D.C.’s PBS affiliate — WETA. WETA has long been a supporter of the LGBT community and has for years celebrated Pride Month with queer-themed programs.

    MPT, on the other hand, barely recognizes Pride Month in their programming, if at all.

  • JT

    So does that mean that Armstrong Williams’ position as Blow Job Consultant to the candidate was just unofficial?

  • Gerry Fisher

    I loves me a little New Year’s Eve Schadenfreude

  • JustSayin’

    Is it Armstrong Williams or Armstrong AND Williams? Typo in story is odd

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      It seems there was superfluous AND.

  • FAEN

    Gotcha!

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    When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
    Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
    Now I’m feeling so fly like a G6
    Like a G6, Like a G6
    Now I’m feeling so fly like a G6
    Like a G6, Like a G6
    Now I’m feeling so fly like a G6

    • coram nobis

      Armstrong Windows.

  • Fyva Prold

    Have Armstrong Willians ever been to prison?

    • popebuck1

      “Were you ever in the military, Mr. Todd?”

      “Oh, once or twice…”

      – from “Victor/Victoria”

  • I hear at least twenty staffers have already left. And rumor has it that some remaining have taken to reciting the Serenity prayer. LOLOLOL!

  • David L. Caster

    Carson has paid for this round of self-promotion with the campaign contributions of many thousands of rubes that believe his nonsense. He will persist as long as it is to his economic advantage. He’s pretty sure he will never be POTUS, but with all the exposure he is getting, he will be able to keep up his speaking engagements and book sales well after he has exited the race. His FEC filings will be in order and he will end his campaign in slightly negative financial territory, but he will have paid for a months-long advertising campaign and built a cult of personality that will keep him comfortable for years to come.

  • stanhope

    Miss Ugly “i hate that i am not light skinned” Armweak Wiiliams is an evil bitch. What makes her dangerous is that she is mad at what God did to her.

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