Rand Paul shakes up campaign in wake of controversy

Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) replaced his campaign manager with a veteran staffer from his father's 2008 presidential run, the Ballot Box has confirmed.

David Adams will now chair the effort with Jesse Benton coming in as manager. Benton was Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) communications director during his 2008 presidential run.

Adams denied the shakeup was a result of the media firestorm that resulted from Rand Paul's comments about civil rights. "This is totally unrelated to that," he told the Ballot Box. Adams said the move had been "in the works" since before the primary vote.

Still, he admitted that word leaked out about the changes before the campaign was prepapred to make a public announcement. "We're in the process still of putting everything on paper," he said. "We're still working on this internally."

Adams said he was satisfied with his new role. "I'm very pleased with the changes. It will make my life easier," he said.

The Paul campaign is expecting to announce new hires in the coming days, he added.

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