Glenn Wilson, a conservative candidate mounting a third-party bid for Bart Stupak’s seat in Congress from the 1st District of Michigan, has lost his campaign manager.
Rich Carlson resigned from the campaign and is accusing Wilson of violating a promise he made to drop out of the race if the polls showed he had little chance of winning so he would not split the conservative vote with Republican candidate Dan Benishek.
A press release from the Petoskey Tea Party said:
“We had an agreement that if we were not polling well, we would suspend the campaign,” stated Carlson in response to why he left. “I have been upset with the direction our country is headed and felt that Glenn was going to be an independent voice for Michigan, however, my main goal was and is to see a conservative victory in November.”
Carlson went on to say that the handshake agreement he had with Wilson to suspend the campaign in the event it looked as though votes would be taken away from the GOP candidate and the Dems would have a chance to keep the seat, was paramount to his coming on board.
“I want to see conservative values; Limited Government, Natural Rights, and Free Markets restored to the public and do not want to see more of the same runaway government by electing Gary McDowell. We tried to make a go of Wilson’s campaign and gain traction with the voters, but continuing the campaign is potentially doing more harm to taking our country back than I would like,” said Carlson.
Losing a campaign manager is never a good sign for a campaign. Nevertheless, Carlson’s reason for leaving does confirm that the has no intentions of prematurely abandoning the race. A recent McDowell internal had Wilson at 12%.