Did Michele Bachmann Lie?

A second key staffer for Bachmann’s Iowa campaign has now resigned, this one over the Congresswoman’s claim that Kent Sorenson, the first defector, left only because “he was offered a large sum of money to go to work for the Paul campaign.”

Wes Enos, Bachmann’s own political director in Iowa, came to Sorenson’s defense, contradicting Bachmann’s claim:

I can say unequivocally that Kent Sorenson’s decision was, in no way financially motivated. His decision had more to do with the fact that the Ron Paul supporters have been something of a family to him since he was first elected in 2008 and here in the end, as it becomes more and more apparent that the caucus cycle is coming to an end, Kent believed that he needed to be with them as they stand on the cusp of a potential caucus upset. While I personally disagree with Kent’s decision, and plan to stay with Michele Bachmann because I truly believe in her, I cannot, in good conscious watch a good man like Kent Sorenson be attacked as a “sell-out.”

That is simply not the case, and it was not the basis of his decision.

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Now, the Chicago Tribune adds that Enos has also promptly resigned from Bachmann’s dwindling campaign, over the incident:

Bachmann’s political director, Wes Enos, resigned a day after her Iowa campaign chairman, Kent Sorenson, left to support Texas congressman Ron Paul’s bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in elections in November next year.

Enos resigned after he had publicly defended Sorenson, an Iowa state senator, against charges that he had accepted money from the Paul campaign in violation of state law, NBC reported.

Sorenson denies that any money was offered by the Paul camp or that he accepted money to endorse the Texas congressman.

A spokeswoman for the Bachmann campaign was not immediately available for comment.

Establishment GOP megaphone Megan Kelley tried to push Sorenson: “I just want to be clear . . . you are alleging that Michele Bachmann is lying.” Sorenson responded frankly:

“Unfortunately I believe she is. I mean, that conversation did not happen,” he said. “I was never offered a nickel from the Ron Paul campaign,” he added.

So, yeah, it looks as if Bachmann was lying. And it looks as if her campaign is finished.

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