(WASHINGTONPOST) — (Bloomberg) — Michele Bachmann pressed her allegations that the former head of her Iowa presidential bid was bribed by the campaign of rival Ron Paul to endorse him, even as one of her own aides denied the charge.
The aide who issued the denial later quit Bachmann’s campaign, the candidate said.
The dispute centered on the decision yesterday of Kent Sorenson, an Iowa state senator who was Bachmann’s campaign chairman in the state, to abandon her effort and endorse Paul, a Texas congressman. Paul is a leading contender to win Iowa’s Jan. 3 Republican caucuses.
“He told me that he was offered money, he was offered a lot of money by the Ron Paul campaign,” Bachmann said of Sorenson in comments to reporters today in a parking lot adjacent to a funeral home near downtown Des Moines. “No one else knows about that conversation other than Kent Sorenson and myself.”
Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswomen who polls show is in the back of the pack in the Iowa race, said Sorenson told her during a Dec. 27 phone call that he was offered money to support Paul. As she spoke outside the studios of WHO-AM radio in Des Moines, she declined to say how much money was involved.