Political Operative Steps Down Following Sorensen Scandal

DES MOINES, Iowa – The scandal that brought down former state senator Kent Sorenson has cost another political operative his job.

Earlier this week, Sorenson pleaded guilty to federal charges connected to his work on the presidential campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul.

Sorenson admitted to accepting $73,000, including the money he took to switch his support from Bachman to Paul.

At the time Jesse Benton served as Ron Paul’s campaign manager.

Most recently, he was campaign manager for Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell, until Friday. Benton resigned from his post. He said he didn’t want the Sorenson scandal to hurt McConnell ‘s re-election efforts.

Benton says he had no knowledge of the money paid to Kent Sorenson.

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