Ben Carson Coming to Lakeland on Book Tour

carson bookGOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson is taking time out from his campaign for a book tour that brings him to Lakeland and 12 other Florida cities next month. His Lakeland appearance is 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Books-a-Million.

While Carson is suspending his official campaign to promote his new book, a move some see as unorthodox, Politico writer Kathie Glueck notes that all but one of the states he’s visiting hold primaries by mid-March.

The book, “A More Perfect Union,” was released earlier this month and has as its subtitle, “What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties,” a theme likely to resonate with his conservative followers.

Lakeland environmental consultant Tom Shaw, who serves as Central Florida Director for the Carson campaign, is listed as the contact for for the local visit.

“I have never been excited or active for campaigning for any candidate ever, besides maybe putting a bumper sticker on my car or a yard sign out, but I just jumped on this thing with both feet,” Shaw told The Tampa Bay Times last month. “I’ve essentially taken on a second job doing this, because it is so important that we get Dr. Carson into the White House.”

A poll from the University of North Florida released today shows Carson trailing Donald Trump by 2 percentage points among likely Florida Republican primary voters. Top candidates in the poll are Trump, 21.7 percent; Carson, 19.3 percent; Marco Rubio, 14.9 percent, and Jeb Bush, 9 percent.