Bachmann Accuses Defector of Being Bought Off by Paul Campaign

 Published December 29, 2011
| FoxNews.com

Michele Bachmann is accusing a former supporter of being bought off by the Ron Paul campaign after the Iowa state lawmaker defected to the Paul camp on Wednesday.

State Sen. Kent Sorenson, who was a Bachmann campaign Iowa co-chairman and had appeared with the congresswoman just hours earlier, on Wednesday resigned from the Bachmann team and endorsed Paul in Des Moines.

Sorenson said he resigned from Bachmann’s campaign to join the most conservative of the top-tier candidates.

But Bachmann offered a different version of events, claiming Sorenson was offered money to bolt.

“Kent Sorenson personally told me he was offered a large sum of money to go to work for the Paul campaign,” Bachmann said in a statement. “Kent campaigned with us earlier this afternoon and went immediately afterward to a Ron Paul event and announced he is changing teams. Kent said to me yesterday that ‘everyone sells out in Iowa, why shouldn’t I?’, then he told me he would stay with our campaign. The Ron Paul campaign has to answer for its actions.”

Sorenson, though, flatly denied the charge. He said he was not offered money to work for Paul’s campaign and denied having the conversation with Bachmann that the congresswoman recounted.

Paul’s campaign also forwarded around a statement from a Bachmann campaign official saying Sorenson’s decision “was in no way financially motivated.”

“It was not the basis of his decision,” the official said.

Steve Deace, a friend of Sorenson, told Fox News that Sorenson has a long-standing relationship with Paul.

“The Paul people helped him, and really were the only ones who stood up for him in his two races,” Deace said.

However, another source close to the Bachmann campaign backed up Bachmann’s assertions that money was behind the move.

“(Sorenson’s) been checking out for a while,” the source said.

Bachmann stood by her original allegation in a radio interview Thursday.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/29/bachmann-accuses-defector-being-bought-off-by-paul-campaign/#ixzz1hwXgil4P
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