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Adams told the AP his departure from Paul's staff was not a result of any conflicts in the campaign.
Adams was replaced by Benton as campaign manager in a May shake-up that came a week after the campaign scrambled to explain comments by Paul, who refused to fully embrace the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that legally ended segregation in the United States. He later insisted he supports the law.
A poll last week found Paul, a libertarian and Tea Party favorite, running neck-and-neck with Democrat Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general.
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