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January 20th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Kent’s Open Sores, Obamalogic and the Fool Manti

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Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.   

The legal entanglements for Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann continue to pile up. Between the two, they are now facing FEC complaints, a lawsuit, a criminal complaint, allegations of extortion, possible ethics violations and a former staffer with a seemingly endless ream of inside info that casts them in a very negative light …

Here’s the basic gist of the story, that we know so far: Former Bachmann staffer Peter Waldron filed a complaint with the FEC last week, claiming Bachmann’s PAC made improper payments to Sorenson to serve as her presidential campaign chair. Allegedly, the campaign funneled the money through C&M Strategies, which is run by longtime Bachmann aide Guy Short, who was also on Bachmann’s payroll …

BTW, aside from Peter Waldron, another former Bachmann campaign staffer with “intimate knowledge of the arrangement” tells TheIowaRepublican that Waldron’s allegations are true …

It is also a violation of Iowa Senate ethics rules to take a paid position with a presidential campaign or a political action committee. Sorenson’s alleged arrangement was seemingly a way to tiptoe around the senate rule … The Iowa House has no such rule … Sorenson and a Bachmann spokesperson both deny any wrongdoing

You will recall that Kent Sorenson abandoned the floundering Bachmann campaign just before the Iowa Caucus to join Ron Paul’s effort. Sorenson repeatedly denied he was being paid by Paul’s campaign. However, several people close to Sorenson say he told them differently … They also say a similar arrangement to the one he allegedly had with Bachmann was made with Paul, where Sorenson would receive payment from a third party …

Peter Waldron is going public with a rash of allegations against his former boss. A week and a half ago, Waldron sent out a press release claiming Bachmann was still refusing to send Iowa campaign staffers their final checks unless they signed a non-disclosure form … Another former Iowa staffer, Barb Heki, tells TheIowaRepublican she still has not received her final check from the campaign, which ended over a year ago …

Of course, Heki’s case is different from other former staffers. She was not asked to sign a non-disclosure form. That’s probably because Heki is suing Michele Bachmann, along with Kent Sorenson, Guy Short and other campaign aides … The alleged non-disclosure forms are likely an effort to try to keep other staffers from revealing what they know about Heki’s allegations …

Heki’s lawsuit stems from the alleged theft of a list of homeschooling families that was taken from Heki’s computer and illegally used for campaign purposes. Heki alleges the campaign allowed her to take the fall for the incident … She has also filed a criminal complaint with the Urbandale police regarding the theft, which she claims was done by Kent Sorenson. The investigation and the lawsuit are ongoing … Oh, and I don’t think we’ve heard the last tidbit from Peter Waldron either. Stay tuned …

There was strong turnout on Saturday for both the Midwest March for Life and the Guns Across America rallies at the State Capitol … Estimates range from 500-1000 for each one … Of course, some pro-abortion idiots decided it was necessary to heckle Governor Branstad during his speech at the Iowa Right to Life luncheon. Just like the ICCI geniuses, these clowns hurt, not help, their causes with this childish behavior.

The first shot has been fired in the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Not surprisingly, it came from Rand Paul. The Kentucky senator slammed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his recent criticism of an NRA ad, as well as his demands that the federal government immediately send millions of dollars to Jersey for Hurricane Sandy aid …

Rand Paul has no qualms about criticizing other Republicans. He was a generally capable attack dog for his father’s 2012 presidential campaign. One such instance where his criticism backfired was a snide comment he made about Rick Santorum following the Ames debate in August 2011. “I’d rather not talk about other candidates, particularly if they don’t have a chance of winning,” Paul said.

States Santorum won: 11. States Ron Paul won: 0.

However, in this case, I believe Paul is right. Chris Christie, who was a Republican darling as recently as last fall, is becoming more like a Democrat with each passing week. One more embrace of Barack Obama and Christie’s turn to the dark side will be complete …

Time for this week’s edition of You Might Be a Paulistinian, with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy for blatant gimmick infringement: You might be a Paulistinian if you believe the Sandy Hook massacre is a government created hoax.

A district judge has saved Iowa farmers from a gross overreach by the state’s Electrical Examining Board …  The board, acting without legislative authority, said farmers needed to request a permit before conducting any electrical work on their own property. Carroll County District Judge William Ostlund called the board’s decision “illogical”.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch that would require the Department of Justice to open its records on the Fast and Furious scandal …

Hmmm, now why would the “most open and transparent administration ever” be opposed to these records being opened? Oh, that’s right. It probably had something to do with the fact the Obama administration put guns in the hands of Mexican cartels that were used to kill U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry, and were involved in a massacre of Mexican teenagers …

Remember when the fawning libs in the media used to compare Obama to Spock? If one more person makes that comparison, Gene Roddenberry’s ashes will reassimilate and beam said idiot into a black hole … Obama administration logic: “Let’s put guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords, but take guns away from law-abiding citizens.” …

For the first time in months, or years, the Republican leadership in the U.S. House might have come up with a wise political strategy: They plan to raise the debt ceiling for just three months, to give the Dem-controlled U.S. Senate time to pass a budget, which they haven’t done in years, despite a law requiring them to do so…

Spock probably won’t get this one either … President Obama on the debt ceiling last week: “The full faith and credit of the United States economy is not a bargaining chip. The financial well being of the American people is not leverage to be used. To even entertain the idea of this happening, of America not paying its bills, is irresponsible. It is absurd.”

Let’s compare that to Senator Obama on debt ceiling, March 16, 2006: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. … I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” … No commentary needed.

The Polk County GOP has pushed its officer elections back to February. As reported earlier this month, there are three announced candidates, and one possible, running for Polk GOP chairman. … Chad Brown, who has assisted several campaigns over the past few years, has announced he is running for co-chair … There was talk of former sheriff’s candidate Dan Charleston running for one of the seats, but Charleston tells TheIowaRepublican he cannot fulfill the time commitments involved.

What was the least surprising thing that happened last week: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin getting indicted on corruption charges or Lance Armstrong admitting he used performance enhancing drugs?

I don’t know what to make of the Manti Te’o/fake girlfriend situation. As with many issues, I defer to the wise, Yoda-like Charles Krauthammer: “The guy is either dangerously naïve, deeply deceptive or delusional.” … Yep. And his NFL draft stock is quickly plummeting.

For those of you planning to bet on this weekend’s NFL conference championships games, here is my advice: Don’t. There is no sporting event tougher to predict than an NFL game, IMO … Having said that, here are my picks, subject to change based on actual results: 49ers over the Falcons, Ravens over the Patriots

Finally, great win on an emotional night for the Hawkeyes on Saturday, as they honored the memory of Chris Street … And RIP Stan “The Man” Musial and Earl Weaver, two of baseball’s all-time greats, who both passed away on Saturday.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. The best revenge is be unlike him who performed the injury.

Photos by Dave Davidson


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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