NPR reports now that this was a story made up with help from the Benishek campaign. The reality, NPR reports, is that Carlson was fired from the Wilson campaign. And one of their reporters was with Carlson when he got a phone call from a Benishek staffer suggesting that Carlson could pretend to have quit on principle in order to make Wilson look bad and Benishek look good.
The audio of the phone call is in the link. The story gets juicier.
The staffer gave permission to NPR to play the audio of that phone conversation but only if they say that he was not representing the Benishek campaign in the call. That would be a lot more plausible if the staffer had not talked openly in the call about how the Benishek campaign was preparing two entirely different press releases about Carlson leaving the Wilson campaign, both designed to make Wilson look bad but with entirely different stories.
The only problem for Wilson is that tomorrow is election day. The spin from the Benishek campaign has already taken its toll. At the least, I bet the Independent candidate feels his previous statements are vindicated.