McConnell campaign manager resigns amid Iowa bribery scandal

Bad news for the Senator from Kentucky. The Hill reports:

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.

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