- The Washington Times - Monday, January 11, 2016

Five paid New Hampshire staffers at the Ben Carson 2016 Committee super PAC reportedly resigned from their posts on Sunday to become volunteers for Republican rival presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz.

Jerry Sickles, the spokesman for the staff, said they decided to switch their support to Mr. Cruz because they believe he is the most electable conservative, ABC-affiliated WMUR reported.

“We hold Dr. Carson in the highest regard,” Mr. Sickles told the station. “This is a man we revere, but we think it is important that our party nominate a conservative and get behind a single conservative who can win, and we strongly believe that candidate is Ted Cruz.”

Mr. Sickles also criticized Mr. Carson for not visiting New Hampshire frequently enough to help the group build support in the state.

He said said he is joined by former state Rep. Tim Comerford, Joel Lambert, Jaye Foster and Emily Lecuyer in leaving the pro-Carson super PAC for Mr. Cruz. A source familiar with the group’s operations told The Hill that one paid staffer, Sarah De La Cerda, remains in New Hampshire supporting Mr. Carson, “and intends to remain there.”

The super PAC is operated independently of Mr. Carson’s campaign, which recently lost campaign manager Barry Bennett and communications director Doug Watts, WMUR reported.

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