Inside the Beltway: The Ben Carson surge continues
By Jennifer Harper
The Washington Times
Thursday, July 31, 2014
It appears to be a genuine grass-roots phenomenon, and it keeps growing. More than 100,000 eager fans have contributed to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee that has raised $8 million in less than a year, all of it dedicated to the idea that the author and former pediatric neurosurgeon should definitely, positively run for the White House in 2016.
“Momentum continues to build,” says campaign director Vernon Robinson, who adds that 17,000 volunteers are busy encouraging support for Mr. Carson and that 300,000 people have signed petitions encouraging him to enter the race.
“To rally 100,000 donors in less than a year, more than two years before the presidential election, is simply an astonishing achievement,” says John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the committee and great-grandson of the famous bandleader.
“We’ll enter our second year of operation next month, and I’m thrilled by the trajectory of our campaign. The American people are clamoring loudly for Dr. Carson to enter the race, and we will continue to do everything we can to make that happen,” Mr. Sousa adds.
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