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Governor Branstad says Kent Sorenson did the right thing by stepping down from the Iowa Senate.

Sorenson resigned Wednesday following the release of a special investigation.

The Senate Ethics Committee ordered the investigation.

It wanted experts to look into claims that Sorenson violated Senate rules by accepting money from the Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul presidential campaigns.

The investigation revealed more than $41,000 was funneled to Sorenson.

The governor says senators need to look at the wording of the Senate rule.

“In this case I guess it was done indirectly as opposed to directly as I understand it and so there were questions about that,” Gov. Branstad said. “It appears to me this is something the Senate, which has a responsibility to oversee each other’s members, can and should address.”

Branstad says he hopes to announce a special election date soon.

He wants to have a new senator in place before the legislature convenes in January.