Skip to comments.Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.
Posted on 09/27/2018 10:41:21 PM PDT by iowamark
Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder...
At the time of his political rise, the Iowa GOP was being subdivided into three sects: libertarian, evangelical, and establishment. The latter two factions had long warred for control of the state party, but it was the liberty movement that was muscularly ascendant in 2008 thanks to Ron Pauls iconoclastic campaign...
He believed the Tea Party movement was more sustainable than the libertarian phenomenon, and this freed him to follow his natural instincts. Having met with Bachmann several times in early 2011, the Queen of the Tea Party. He signed on as her state chairman in March. It was hailed by Iowa insiders and national pundits as a significant coup for Bachmann, though some in the state whispered about potential red flags. Even though he supported many of the positions we supported, he had this bull-in-a-china-shop mentality, says Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. He struck me as arrogant and unethical....
Kent Sorenson was a crude bully, elected to the Iowa Legislature in 2008. He had ties to both Ron Paul and the Christian conservative movement. He joined the Michelle Bachmann for President campaign in 2011, but defected to Ron Paul in exchange for significant cash payments.
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Kent Sorenson’s Wikipedia article gives a brief bio:
This is one of the weak points of the Tea Party movement....you had various people coming up and getting noted in public speeches and commentary. They could say something and get you hyped-up for their image and position, but you really didn’t know the guy or where he was going with his message.
In some ways maybe a strength. Do you think the establishment politicians are clean as the driven snow? Sometimes we elect people who do things they aren’t supposed to do. This guy was held accountable. How long did Denny Hastert (finally held accountable) and Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd (neither ever held accountable) stay in office?
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