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October 3rd, 2013

Enos Resigns from Republican Senate Caucus Staff

Wes Enos has resigned from the Iowa Republican Senate Caucus staff, has learned. Enos was the deputy chief of staff for the senate Republicans, serving under Minority Leader Bill Dix. Enos also served as the political director for Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Enos publicly defended Kent Sorenson when the then-state senator deserted the Bachmann campaign in favor of Ron Paul five days before the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Bachmann, and others, claimed Sorenson had told them the Paul campaign had offered him a lot of money to make the switch. Sorenson denied the claim and Enos backed him up.

“I can say unequivocally that Kent Sorenson’s decision was, in no way financially motivated,” Enos said at the time. Following that statement, Enos resigned, or was fired, by the Bachmann campaign.

On Wednesday, a special investigator released findings that Sorenson had taken money from Bachmann’s political action committee, in violation of Iowa Senate Rule 6. The investigator also confirmed that Sorenson had received a $25,000 check from a Ron Paul campaign official, as well as $73,000 in wire transfers from ICT, Inc. in the months following the caucuses. Several of the transfers were in the amount of $8,000 per month, the exact sum Bachmann claimed Sorenson had said the Paul campaign was offering.

In response to the investigator’s findings, Kent Sorenson resigned from the Iowa Senate on Wednesday.

Wes Enos remains a member of the Iowa Republican State Central Committee.

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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

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