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August 14th, 2013
 

Pressure Mounts for Sorenson to Resign Senate Seat

Pro-Life group says, “There is a need to hold public officials who claim to represent traditional conservative values, such as the pro-life position, to a high standard.” Shane Vander Hart for CaffeinatedThoughts.com also called on Sorenson to step down.  “I believe elected officials, especially those who claim to follow Christ, should be held to a high standard in their conduct. In my opinion Sorenson has fallen short and it is time for him to resign,” Vander Hart wrote.

Operation Rescue Calls on Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson to Resign in Light of Ethics Breaches

Des Moines, Iowa – Operation Rescue was saddened to hear that the Iowa State Senate Ethics Committee has referred an ethics complaint against Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson to a special investigator after admissions he committed violations became public.

Sorenson is a Republican and self-proclaimed pro-life advocate. Because of the distraction this scandal has caused to pro-life efforts in Iowa, Operation Rescue is calling on Sen. Sorenson to resign.

“There is a need to hold public officials who claim to represent traditional conservative values, such as the pro-life position, to a high standard. Others may be able to get away with corruption, but those who purport to represent traditional morality simply cannot,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “For the good of the pro-life movement, Kent Sorenson must resign.”

TheIowaRepublican.com recently published a series of articles that presented documentation in the form of e-mails, letters, and recorded conversations that make a strong case that Sen. Sorenson violated Iowa State Senate ethics rules when he accepted financial compensation from the Michelle Bachman Presidential Campaign, and later from the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign, in exchange for his endorsement during the 2012 election cycle. In fact, Sorenson admitted to receiving financial compensation in exchange for his endorsements.

Included in TheIowaRepublican.com articles was an admission by Sorenson that he engaged in the theft of an e-mail list from a home-schooling association and offered it to the Paul Campaign for fundraising efforts as an incentive to “hire” him.

Sorenson remains under investigation.

There is no evidence that Ron Paul had personal knowledge of the unethical dealings between members of his campaign staff and Sorenson.

“We had grave concerns about Sen. Sorenson, who claims to be a supporter of the pro-life cause, when he refused to support pro-life legislation in 2011 that would have banned webcam abortions and late-term abortions after 20 weeks,” said Newman. “Now it seems that our concerns have materialized in Sorenson’s alleged and admitted misconduct. We need to put this scandal behind us, and to do so, we ask that Sen. Sorenson to do the right thing and resign so that efforts to protect innocent pre-born children may advance in Iowa.”

Operation Rescue worked in Iowa to expose Planned Parenthood’s experimental and very profitable “webcam” abortion pill distribution scheme in 2010. Since then 11 states have passed legislation to ban the dangerous procedure that subjects women to a sub-par standard of care. Iowa was not among them.

However, the Iowa Board of Medicine is currently working to amend their regulations to stop webcam abortions at the request of several Iowa physicians who consider the process unsafe.

Read the news articles and view the evidence:

The Payoff Details Revealed on Sorenson’s Deal with Ron Paul

In His Own Words Sorenson Confirms Payment for Ron Paul Endorsement

Senate Ethics Committee Sends Sorenson Complaint to Special Investigator

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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