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Vote buying scandal nicks Mitch McConnell's campaign manager.

Mitch McConnell's campaign manager quits amid vote buying scandal
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Right over the plate, here it comes, Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager is implicated in a campaign scandal that is so great he is forced to quit. Now, knock that out of the park. Last week, McConnell was all cozied up with Koch brothers. This week his campaign manager is caught red handed in vote buying. Mitch McConnell is the exposed for the blatantly corrupt politician that he is. It is by his association with the people that he keeps that is his Teflon covering. Now, the old Teflon is beginning to crack.

The good old boys in Kentucky, the Kentucky cronies, won’t care a bit as that is their business. But, enough of regular voters might take notice and either won’t vote, or fence riders might fall into the Alison Lundergan Grimes camp. She is a much more attractive candidate, certainly with more affinity to Kentuckians, perhaps.

The Senate and House need to be shaken. The leadership and composition needs a change, and that goes for both Republicans and Democrats. Put another nail in the McConnell political coffin.

The story came last night from The Hill by Jessica Taylor and Alexander Jaffe who had to stay after hours to pull the report together. Jesse Benton, campaign manager was caught buying votes. This happened when he was involved in Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. Benton denies the charges, but emails and phone conversations implicate him.

Read the details in The Hill report because it reveals how things work in the backroom of big money politics. Mitch McConnell will have it that this is just another act of “free speech.” Mitch McConnell is a man of a million alibis, one each for the millions that he rakes in from big money contributors and corporations that undermines equality in America.

“McConnell campaign manager resigns amid Iowa bribery scandal
By Jessica Taylor and Alexandra Jaffe

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) campaign manager Jesse Benton resigned Friday amid growing speculation over his involvement in a vote-buying scandal when he led former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) 2012 presidential campaign.

“Recently, there have been inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors about me and my role in past campaigns that are politically motivated, unfair and, most importantly, untrue,” said Benton in a statement. “I hope those who know me recognize that I strive to be a man of integrity.”

Benton said he loved both Kentucky and McConnell, and wouldn’t allow “anything or anyone to get in the way” of the Republican Senate leader’s tough reelection fight against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“That includes myself,” he added.

“The press accounts and rumors are particularly hurtful because they are false. However, what is most troubling to me is that they risk unfairly undermining and becoming a distraction to this reelection campaign,” Benton wrote.

The news of Benton's departure was first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Democrats and Republicans both said his speedy resignation likely minimized much of the damage his continued presence on the McConnell campaign might've caused. But the fallout for Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) potential presidential bid — which Benton was expected to helm, provided McConnell won reelection this fall — remains unclear.

“Working for Mitch McConnell is one of the great honors of my life. He is a friend, a mentor and a great man this commonwealth desperately needs. I cannot, and will not, allow any possibility that my circumstances will effect [sic] the voters’ ability to hear his message and assess his record. This election is far too important and the stakes way too high,” he continued.

Questions have long swirled about whether Benton, a longtime confidante to the Paul family, knew about a scheme to pay $25,000 to an Iowa state senator in return for his vote during the 2012 campaign.

After denying the payment previously, former state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) pleaded guilty Wednesday to concealing $73,000 in under-the-table payments for switching his allegiance from Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) campaign to Paul.

Benton has denied any knowledge of the vote-buying scheme.”

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