Skip to comments.McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton resigns amid federal probe
Posted on 08/30/2014 4:02:46 AM PDT by iowamark
Jesse Benton, the GOP political strategist spearheading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnells reelection campaign, resigned from his post Friday amid new details about an ongoing federal investigation into an endorsement-pay-scheme involving a 2012 presidential campaign he oversaw.
In a statement issued Friday evening, Benton cited inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors about me and my role in past campaigns that are politically motivated, unfair and, most importantly, untrue.
The press accounts and rumors are particularly hurtful because they are false, Benton wrote. However, what is most troubling to me is that they risk unfairly undermining and becoming a distraction to this reelection campaign.
He said that with a heavy heart he offered his resignation to McConnell, who reluctantly accepted. His resignation was first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Bentons decision comes two days after former Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to two federal charges, admitting that he accepted concealed payments from the 2012 presidential campaigns of Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas to secure his endorsement. A top Paul campaign official, Dimitri Kesari, was involved in efforts to pay Sorenson for his support, according a state independent counsel investigation.
Benton, who is married to Pauls granddaughter, served as chairman of the campaign. It is unclear if he knew about payments made to Sorenson, but emails published last year indicate he was involved in efforts to get him to defect from the Bachmann campaign...
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Earlier thread on this investigation:
“Sorenson Admits to Taking Under-the-Table Payments [from Paul], Pleads Guilty”
Ditch Mitch, it’s teh only way to clean him up.
How’s that McConnell victory looking to you now, GOPe? The Bachman deal is worthy of the dirty Democrat politics. Don’t be surprised when conservative voters decide to go fishing on election day.
Just amazing how this comes to light after the primary.
Criminal lowlifes without a shred of integrity. That pretty much describes the RINO class and their operatives.
The Paul-Sorenson bribery and the Paul-McConnell alliance were all known before the primary.
This was all quite well known before the primary - there was a lot of confusion as to why McConnell did not get rid of Benton as soon as the primary was over so this would not be an issue for the general election.
Love how the article starts out by saying “a” 2012 presidential campaign without mentioning the candidate - Ron Paul.
One of the sleaze bags gets caught, that’s all he will be working for Alexander or Corkhole before long. The GOPE are truly the scum of humanity.
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