McConnell campaign manager resigns amid Iowa bribery scandal

by Jessica Taylor & Alexandra Jaffe., The HIll  |  published on August 29, 2014

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.

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