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February 11th, 2013

Sorenson Responds to Ethics Complaints

DES MOINES – Senator Kent Sorenson (R-Milo) today offered the following response to the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee complaints filed against him:

“Attached is my formal response to the State Senate Ethics Committee complaint filed against me. As you can see, the charges are totally baseless, without evidence, and a waste of Iowans’ time and money. I trust the Ethics Committee will not waste the people’s time any longer than they must, in dismissing this complaint. I decided to disclose publicly my response since the Committee’s business, which is supposed to be confidential, is already out there.

“Mr. Waldron is cited as the source for this disclosure, and not a member of the Committee itself, which is odd because I was informed by Mike Marshall, Secretary of the Senate, that Mr. Waldron claimed he would not leak these proceedings to the media. If it’s true that Mr. Waldron is the source of the disclosure, that already casts doubt on his credibility and thus the credibility of his complaints.

“Over the last four years I have done my best to stand up for what I believe in at a personal cost to me and my family. I have also worked diligently to repay the trust the people of my district put in me when they overwhelmingly rejected similar politics of personal destruction from my last opponent. I am not a rich man; just an ordinary Iowan like my constituents. For example, my wife and I have been up until 3:00 a.m. every night for the past week comforting our children through a terrible bout of whooping cough. I mention this to point out why it’s hard to get people of principle and integrity to run for office. It’s stressful enough on a family with everyday problems, let alone these kinds of shenanigans that accomplish nothing other than to give baseless blogs more baseless content.

“Please consider this statement my only public comment on the matter pending the Committee’s decision.”

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About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, 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 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,

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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