What’s Portman’s Super PAC Got To Do With Ben Carson? Everything.

Will the Senator Stay Quiet as His Longtime Aide and Super PAC Chief Defends Carson’s Controversial Comments?

COLUMBUS — “Meet the Washington insider who’s taking Ben Carson to the top,” reads a recent headline from Reuters. So who is Carson’s campaign manager? – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s longtime aide and chief of Portman’s Super PAC, Barry Bennett.

Portman has already pledged to support Donald Trump, despite frightening comments about women, veterans and immigrants. But with Carson cutting into Trump’s lead in both the polls and the incendiary rhetoric, what will Portman say about Carson’s controversial comments ahead of tonight’s GOP debate?

Portman’s PAC chief doesn’t seem to mind Carson’s views, Reuters reports:

He also said he has no problems with some of Carson’s more controversial statements.  . . . “He doesn’t speak in a way that Washington politicians are trained to speak, so to some people that sounds crazy but to me and most of America that sounds refreshing,” Bennett said.

Check Out Some Of Carson’s Most Memorable Stances Below

Abolishing Medicare.

Republicans have fended off accusations for years that they’d gut Medicare for seniors and end the program “as we know it.” Not Ben Carson. The former neurosurgeon acknowledges he would abolish the program altogether. Politico, 10/22/15

Comparing The United States To Nazi Germany.

“Fox News contributor and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Monday compared American society to Nazi Germany. ‘I mean, [our society is] very much like Nazi Germany,’ Carson told Breitbart News, after declaring that we were living in a ‘Gestapo age.’ ‘And I know you’re not supposed to say ‘Nazi Germany,’ but I don’t care about political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.’ Carson listed multiple aspects of America that he believes intimidates people into silence. Talking Points Memo, 3/12/14

According to the Huffington Post, “Ben Carson, the retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and Fox News commentator, recently warned supporters of Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby that progressives are turning the country into the next Nazi Germany. Carson made the comparison during a Jan. 31 fundraiser he headlined for Wehby in Wilsonville, Ore.” Huffington Post, 2/10/14

Re-Educating Women.

Women “Get all riled up” over choice. “What we need to do is re-educate the women.” Raw Story, 10/11/13

‘The Number One Cause Of Death For Black People Is Abortion.’

“The number-one cause of death for black people is abortion,” Fox News, 8/13/15

Why Being Gay Is A Choice.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.” CNN, 3/4/15

Problems At The VA Are A ‘Gift from God.’

‘I think what’s happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the health care provider,’ said conservative pundit and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson Saturday on Fox News.” CBS News, 5/25/14

Obamacare Is Slavery.

‘You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,’ Carson, who is African American, said Friday in remarks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. ‘And it is in a way, it is slavery. . .” Washington Post, 10/11/13; Values Voters Summit, 10/11/13

How To Handle A Hurricane As President.

“I don’t know.”  ABC News, 9/30/2015


  • Toledo Blade: Former Portman Aide Barry Bennett Will Run Portman’s Super PAC. As reported by the Toledo Blade, “The Portman PAC is run by Barry Bennett. Bennett has said his Super PAC will raise $5 million to $10 million for Portman’s re-election. He told me he worked on Portman’s first campaign, in 1993, and they’ve been friends ever since. He was also a chief of staff and campaign manager for former Republican Ohio U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt who succeeded Portman when he resigned his seat in Congress to become trade representative for President George W. Bush in 2005. Bennett got in trouble in Nevada when a PAC he was leading, Alliance for America’s Future, was accused of illegally running political advertising in the 2010 gubernatorial election without registering as a political action committee.” [Toledo Blade, 2/23/15]