Iowa Governor Terry Branstad refused to join others calling for the resignation of Senator Kent Sorenson, a Milo Republican.
Sorenson is accused of taking money in exchange for his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in the 2012 caucus campaign. Allegations that surfaced last week say Sorenson then received a check to change his allegiance to another candidate, Ron Paul, in the final days of the caucus campaign.
Tyler Olson, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cedar Rapids representative, and Sue Dvorsky, a former Iowa Democratic Party Chair, have both called for Sorenson to resign. So has Craig Robinson, the founder and editor of the theiowarepublican.com. He broke the news of the newest allegations against Sorenson.
But during his weekly Monday morning gathering with reporters, Branstad said he needs to let the investigative process finish its work. The senate ethics committee's special prosecutor is reviewing the allegations against Sorenson. Branstad said, "It's really not appropriate for me to comment on the details of it."
The governor did acknowledge the seriousness of the charges and agreed they were likely the most serious he has heard over the recent history of the caucuses. He added, "We have had a proud, honest and open government in this state and our caucuses. We've fought off many battles and accusations with regards to the caucuses. And I feel confident the caucuses have a good reputation."