David Williams' campaign manager steps down

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comAugust 12, 2011 

GOP gubernatorial nominee David Williams, left, took to the offensive against the Democratic incumbent, Steve Beshear, during the political speeches Saturday at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Western Kentucky. Beshear wanted to focus on his visit with troops.


FRANKFORT — The campaign manager for Republican gubernatorial hopeful David Williams has left the campaign, its chairman confirmed Thursday.

Luke Marchant, a political consultant with strong ties to the Tea Party movement, is leaving to pursue other opportunities, said former state Adjutant General Donald Storm, the chairman of the campaign.

Marchant, who was hired by the Williams' campaign after the May primary, previously was political director for Marco Rubio's successful U.S. Senate race last year in Florida.

Storm's statement said there were no other changes in the campaign staff, despite rumors in Frankfort that the campaign had a top-to-bottom shake-up. Recent polls have shown Williams trailing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear by a wide margin.

"Luke had some professional opportunities he wanted to pursue, and we wish him all the best," Storm said in his statement. "Although he is no longer the day-to-day manager, he will continue to be available to the campaign for consultation."

Scott Jennings, a consultant for the campaign, said Thursday that no replacement for Marchant has been named.

"Nothing to announce on that right now, but our candidate has one of the best political minds in the state, and he's got a great team that is moving forward executing the various functions of the campaign," Jennings said.

Jennings managed Williams' campaign during the primary and moved to the role of consultant after Marchant joined the campaign.

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