Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson named Carlos Cardona as her new campaign manager on Friday, her third campaign manager since launching her bid for president in March.
Cardona previously served as state director for Williamson in New Hampshire, which is a major focus of the campaign despite the Democratic National Committee’s reorganization of the primary calendar.
«We’re going to have some serious time in New Hampshire,» Cardona told NBC News. “Joe Biden is not campaigning here, there is a great opportunity to speak to voters here who are not being listened to or listened to.”
The DNC’s decision to make South Carolina the party’s first officially sanctioned primary of 2024 does not preclude New Hampshire leaders from vowing to hold their primary first. Even as the states that jump to their place on the calendar seem to have their delegates committed to by the DNC, long shot Democrats are campaigning in New Hampshire in an attempt to gain momentum early.
In addition to Williamson, Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is also investing time and resources in the Granite State.
Cardona says she suffered from homelessness when she first moved to New Hampshire and credits the state for her upward mobility. Cardona ran for a seat in the New Hampshire state House of Representatives in both 2018 and 2020, but came up short in both elections. He believes that Williamson’s progressive platform may be more successful than it was before 2024.
“Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire, progressives win New Hampshire,” Cardona said.
As for Williamson’s unusually high turnover at the top of his campaign, Cardona says his predecessors left the campaign for personal reasons. In March, reported politician Williamson abused her staff during her 2020 presidential run. Cardona criticized the article, saying, «Marianne is a boss like any other boss.»
He believes that talk of Marianne’s campaign manager shakeups is evidence of a double standard between men and women, although no one else has had the same level of turmoil on their staff so far.
“I’m not sure the men in this race are being looked at in the same lens when it comes to staffing,” Cardona said.