One came in the morning; the other came in the evening. But both Urbandale Republican Senator Brad Zaun and Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler agree that Milo Republican Senator Kent Sorenson needs to resign.
Sorenson is accused of a “pay-to-play” scandal from the 2012 Iowa Caucus campaign. He is accused of taking money in exchange for endorsing Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, a violation of senate ethics rules, which forbid members from getting paid on behalf of presidential campaigns. Sorenson is also accused of later taking money to change his endorsement to another candidate, Ron Paul. Finally, Sorenson is accused of stealing the computer database from N.I.C.H.E., a network of home school families, and using the private member information for the Bachman campaign. Polk County authorities, along with a senate ethics committee investigation, as well as federal authorities are looking into the allegations.
Zaun volunteered as state chairman on the Bachmann campaign. Sunday morning on Channel 13’s “The Insiders”, Zaun said, “Let’s let the investigation go forward. But I think it’s ben a major distraction to the senate Republicans and I certainly think he should resign.” Zaun added, “I think when you take any kind of money, legal or not legal, it takes away the genuineness of the endorsement.”
Sunday night at the Adair County GOP’s event with Republican U.S. Senate candidates, Radio Iowa reported that Baudler told the crowd about what he heard Zaun say on The Insiders. He praised Zaun for his leadership on the scandal and said he agreed with Zaun’s call for Sorenson to resign. About Sorenson, Baudler said, “He’s a cancer in our party. And you cut it out if you have a cancer in there.”
Sorenson has previously denied any wrongdoing.
Watch Zaun’s comments on The Insiders.