10:43am

Thu August 18, 2011
All Politics are Local

Williams Won't Hire New Campaign Manager

A week after his campaign manager quit, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams announced plans to move forward with a committee of consultants for the remainder of the race.  Last week, Luke Marchant, who joined the campaign in May to help garner Tea Party support, stepped down to pursue other professional opportunities. Opponents have pounced on the resignation as a sign of Williams’s weakness as Democratic Governor Steve Beshear holds a commanding 24-point lead.

But Williams put on a positive spin on the change, saying the committee has the political knowledge and experience to “conduct a vigorous” race.

The Kentucky Democratic Party has been sending out a daily news release to remind the press about the state Senate President’s campaign troubles, arguing Williams is going through the natural stages of grief.

From the KDP:

Six days after the abrupt departure of campaign manager Luke Marchant, whose May hiring was supposed to lend new energy to a flailing campaign that had barely survived its primary despite overwhelming financial advantages, the Williams-Farmer campaign appears to be coping with bad news in the expected way.