I have the distinct honor of announcing to you today that Dr. Ben Carson has decided to support my campaign for Governor of our great state of Maryland – not just with words, but by digging deep into his own pocket to help us financially.
He wants you to know that he has just given my campaign the maximum donation of $4,000.
Note that there doesn’t appear to be any actual announcement or comments from Carson himself available so far. Everything is in the third person about Carson from the Lollar campaign.
In fact, former Lollar campaign manager Karen Winterling sent an email on April 23, 2013 from the Draft Lollar campaign touting an endorsement from Carson way back then:
We are so thrilled to have this endorsement from Dr. Ben Carson. Please stand with Dr. Carson in support of Charles Lollar and make a contribution today. It would be wonderful to tell Dr. Carson about the financial impact his endorsement is having on the campaign; and it may just inspire him to run for public office himself…
In addition to Winterling’s words that message had a quote from Lollar (but nothing at all from Carson himself):
“I am honored and deeply humbled to be endorsed by Dr. Ben Carson regarding my consideration to run in the upcoming election to become the next Governor of Maryland. Dr. Carson is a great leader who exemplifies the American spirit. This is the same spirit that I intend to bring with me as we begin to share our message with Maryland’s voters now and all the way to Annapolis.” ~ Charles
The 2013 “endorsement” was touted on the Lollar website and then removed at some point.
That Draft campaign email had pictures from an event at the Willard Hotel in Washington. The Lollar campaign finance report from earlier this year shows expenditures totalling over $4300 on April 5 and April 26. 2013. As you may recall, the Draft Lollar campaign kicked off on December 31, 2012 and wasn’t a true draft since Lollar himself signed the statement of organization.
Pictures from the Willard event in April 2013 show Lollar at the event with Carson. They were posted on Facebook and two of them were in the Winterling email referenced above.
Lollar was on active duty at the time of the Carson event in D.C. This would seem to give even more proof of an affirmative answer to a question I asked before:
Did Charles Lollar violate regulations for active duty personnel that relate to partisan political activities?
I went into a great amount of detail previously about Charles Lollar’s political activities while on active duty in apparent violations of regulations. I closed that piece with these words:
To sum things up, Charles Lollar has apparently violated DD 1344.10′s regulations regarding political activity while on active duty in multiple ways:
- He was the featured speaker at partisan political events, including multiple fundraisers.
- He appeared on television speaking on behalf of a cause or party
Lollar recently challenged anyone to vet his military career and his business career. He apparently has forgotten that I already did the former in November. However, this is a reminder to me that I need to do the rest of the research needed to finish that narrative.
Getting back to the Carson endorsement, it would appear that Carson may have actually endorsed Lollar this time, unlike the 2013 “endorsement” that was walked back. Absent seeing a cancelled check from Carson or waiting on the next finance reports in April, we have no way of knowing 100% this time unless Carson himself puts out a statement or is quoted on the record as endorsing Charles Lollar.
The Lollar’s track record when it comes to touting endorsements from almost anyone who has nice things to say about him at times is the only reason for the skepticism I’m expressing and wanting an actual statement from Ben Carson himself.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.