Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s presidential campaign just lost two of his most senior staffers.
A reporter at the The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that Carson’s campaign manager, Barry Bennett, and communications director, Doug Watts, both left his team.
“Yes, Barry Bennett and I have resigned from the Carson campaign effective immediately,” Watts said in a statement to The Register’s Jennifer Jacobs.
Jacobs reported that her sources said the two senior aides quit amid tensions with Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, who frequently acts as an official surrogate for the Republican candidate.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post’s Robert Costa spoke to Bennett, who said that his “frustration level has peaked with Dr. Carson’s outside advisers.”
“Lots of other people are resigning,” Bennett said.
The upper levels of the Carson campaign appear to be in some form of chaos:
CHAOS: I am on phone w/ Armstrong Williams as he gets the news. Carson calling him on other phone. “Doctor? Doctor, wait a second. What?”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) December 31, 2015
Business Insider reached out to Williams and a Carson campaign press staffer for comment.
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