Ben Carson has landed a new gig. While the retired neurosurgeon has not yet formally suspended his presidential campaign, he was set to announce Friday that he will serve as national chairman of My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan organization aimed at getting Christian Americans to vote, Politico reported Friday afternoon.
The announcement is set to come during Carson’s scheduled speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference later Friday, at which he had already said he would discuss his political future.
“Nothing is more important to me than my personal faith, and it is my faith that motivated me to be involved in the political process to begin with,” Carson said in a written statement provided to Politico. “I believe Christians in this country can easily determine the next president of the United States and all other national and local leaders, should they simply show up at the polls. When we do vote, We The People will once again solidify our commitment to the Judeo-Christian values upon which our nation was founded.”
Carson’s picture appears on the My Faith Votes website, along with a video message talking about the importance of the organization’s mission. He did not participate in the Fox News Republican presidential debate Thursday night and has been lagging in the polls for months.
After a brief moment of popularity last fall when he surpassed Republican front-runner Donald Trump in some polls, Carson stumbled over a lack of knowledge on foreign policy and in responding to questions about his personal history.
He has often been soft spoken during the presidential debates and has struggled to stand out in the crowded field and during Trump’s loud fights with other candidates. Carson has not won a primary state since voting began last month, and many have wondered for some time when he would drop out of the 2016 presidential race.