Just a few days ago, a scandal broke regarding Ron Paul’s bribery of a Bachmann campaign supporter to jump ship to his campaign in 2012. In that report, then Paul campaign staffer Jesse Benton was mentioned.
At the time, Benton was a member of Paul’s campaign who denied that there had been any sort of pay off to convince State Senator Kent Sorenson to support Paul. The report noted Benton was the Manager of Mitch McTurtle’s 2014 reelection campaign.
As of today, that’s no longer the case.
After submitting a resignation letter in the face of the growing scandal, Jesse Benton has ducked out of McConnell’s 2014 campaign.
Benton’s criminal-like behavior doesn’t begin there and it doesn’t end there. It was Benton who buried the thuggery of Rand Paul’s supporters, when one supporter stomped on the head of a MoveOn activist at a campaign event. He told his far right-wing buddies that he was “holding his nose” to work with McConnell, because it would help Rand Paul in 2016 (although he would admit to regretting those remarks later).
And now, he’ s being questioned for his role in “convincing” Kent Sorenson to jump ship to Paul’s campaign with a $73,000 bribe.
Benton is not a small-time figure; he’s married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter, was the spokesman for Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate campaign, and was the National Director of Ron Paul 2012; as Crooks and Liars put it, he’s essentially the “cultural ambassador of the Paul Family.” That this dragnet is entangling him shouldn’t surprise anyone.
McTurtle reportedly knew that there were bribery allegation a year ago against Benton; he chose to over look them, and now it’s looks like the net that caught Sorenson is going to entangle him as well. Alison Grimes asked, “What did Mitch know and when did he know it?” I think this is a question we all need to be asking right now.
Listen to Benton Deny Any Knowledge of the Bribery of Sorenson in the Audio Below
h/t Crooks and Liars