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.