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August 11th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Big Liberty Busted

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.

I have to laugh at those still defending the indefensible (alleged) actions of Kent Sorenson. The evidence is overwhelming, and the more he denies it, the bigger hole Sorenson digs himself into. Sooner or later, that hole will collapse on top of him …

Just to recap, here’s a look at all the (allegedly) unethical things the “true conservative” Senator Sorenson is accused of. There are emails, recorded phone conversations, direct conversations and/or eyewitness testimony for all of these:

  1. Deliberately skirting Iowa Senate ethics rules to take pay ($7,500 a month) under the table to work on the Bachmann presidential campaign (email and eyewitness proof)
  2. Taking part in the theft of a database of homeschooling families off a colleague’s personal computer, which also dramatically impacted that nice lady’s life (sworn affidavit that Sorenson bragged about taking part in the theft)
  3. Using that same homeschooling list as a bargaining chip to get $$$ from a different presidential campaign (email proof)
  4. Abandoning the Bachmann campaign he was the state chairman for, five days before the Iowa Caucus, to join the Ron Paul campaign (which was slimy, whether money was involved or not)
  5. Through his acolytes, negotiating a deal to jump ship, that included demands of $8,000 per month for himself and $5,000 (email proof)
  6. Via his wife, accepting a bribe from a high level Ron Paul campaign staffer (email and recorded phone conversation proof, straight from Sorenson’s mouth)
  7. Having that payment come from a third party, to once again, deliberately, skirt Iowa Senate ethics rules (phone conversation proof, from Sorenson’s mouth)
  8. Repeatedly lying about receiving these payments
  9. Essentially calling others liars who say Sorenson told them the Paul campaign was offering him a large sum of money to jump ship

The audio TIR released this week is damning evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Kent Sorenson, the Dorr familyRon Paul, numerous people in the Ron Paul campaign, Iowa Gun Owners, Iowa Pro-Life Action, John Tate, Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari. For starters … They are all part of the Big Liberty push for power …

It really doesn’t matter if Ron Paul knew about the (alleged) bribe or not. He went on national TV and denied it happened, so he obviously knew about the situation. If he didn’t know about the bribe, he should have. And if he did know, he lied on national television and is complicit in the coverup … Either way, Paulistinians, your idol’s hands are dirty in this along with the rest of the crew …

The audio and emails are also vindication for Eric Woolson, Susan Geddes and Michele Bachmann, all of who said Sorenson told them that the Paul campaign had offered him a lot of money to jump ship. Sorenson, and Ron Paul, essentially called them liars, on national TV …


Someone was lying. The evidence shows it wasn’t Woolson, Geddes and Bachmann … BTW, Susan Geddes ran Sorenson’s 2008 and 2010 campaigns. She was not connected to the Bachmann or Paul campaigns and had no reason to lie about Sorenson telling her about the Paul campaign’s offer …

In the phone audio obtained by TIR, Sorenson gives credence to the claims by Geddes and others when he says he needs “to quit talking to people because every time I talk to somebody, they talk to somebody, and it comes back to bite me in the butt” …

Another part I found interesting in the emails is Aaron Dorr, who was negotiating on Sorenson’s behalf, demanding that Sen. Sorenson be able disagree with Ron Paul on abortion and marriage, despite wholeheartedly endorsing him … Think about that: Here’s Sorenson, supposedly a “conservative warrior”, especially on social issues, endorsing a candidate who he doesn’t agree with on those issues

Even more pathetic, and incredibly hypocritical, is the fact that Aaron Dorr is the leader of Iowa Gun Owners and Iowa Pro-Life Action, which are self-proclaimed “no compromise” organizations … These groups attack pro-life & pro-Second Amendment legislators who they claim aren’t pro-life and pro-gun enough, but apparently compromise is perfectly fine with these folks as long as the check is big enough …

Chris Dorr, who is Sorenson’s legislative clerk, and Aaron Dorr’s brother, could apparently be bought by the Paul campaign for $5,000 a month … BTW, Chris Dorr signed an affidavit admitting he took files off of Barb Heki’s computer, without her consent. This apparently includes the NICHE database … Then his brother alludes to owning that database and using it to help the Ron Paul campaign … For a fee … Any use of that would have been illegal, BTW.

Oh, and that “damaging” piece in TheIowaRepublican from December 2011 written by me (Kevin “Hill”) that is referenced in the audio TIR released Wednesday, can be found here. It’s title? “Kent Sorenson’s History of Selling Out” … Go back and check it out. I’m sure you’ll find it entertaining and informative …

BTW, it is highly likely that you can expect a second round of Iowa Senate Ethics Committee complaints to be filed against Senator Sorenson soon, in light of last week’s revelation and evidence … I’m betting the Federal Elections Commission will be interested as well …

So, will Kent Sorenson resign from his senate seat? He certainly should, and the Iowa Senate Republicans would certainly like for him to, but knowing his history of stubbornness, they’re not sure he will. At the very least, Sorenson should not run in 2014. There is no way he would win …

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I am surprised Jesse Benton is still gainfully employed. Ron Paul’s former campaign chairman is on tape saying he’s holding his nose for the next two years while working for U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. They tried to make light of it, but it’s not funny. Most politicians, or bosses in general, would can any employee immediately who thought so little of their employer …

Benton’s true motives, by his own admission on the tape, is to help Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign. Rand is asking for trouble if Benton is involved in his campaign, in any way, shape or form … Benton has acknowledged that the audio recording is legitimate …

For those dismissing Dennis Fusaro as some “establishment hack”, he was a state and national leader of Right to Work. They were liberty before most Paulistinians reached puberty, and long before it devolved Big Liberty. Fusaro is clearly disgusted with the corrupt power plays by Big Liberty … As well he should be.

Although these stories have become national news, the Des Moines Register’s coverage of it has been abysmal. The Register is clearly tired of getting scooped by TIR, so while media nationwide picked up on the stories TIR broke, the Register drug its feet, then begrudgingly reported it and missed the entire point.

This sad story implicates numerous people, all connected to the Ron Paul campaign. And yes, it is sad and despite my distaste or the overzealous Paulistinians, it does not please me to write about this situation. But the truth needs to come out … These people have made a mockery of Iowa and damaged our First-in-the-Nation status. The complete fallout from this won’t be known for months, or even years, but there is no doubt, their (alleged) actions were shameful and disgraceful.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. We’ll have tons of videos and reaction to the Family Leadership Summit tomorrow here on TIR. It was a great event, BTW.


About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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