Bachmann Loses Iowa Chairman To Ron Paul Campaign
The Iowa caucus is less than a week away; it’s the first caucus in the nation, and will officially signal the beginning of the final push for republican candidates to earn the right to go up against president Obama next fall.
In news out of Iowa Wednesday, Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s struggling presidential campaign saw her Iowa chairman defect to rival Ron Paul’s side, an embarrassing blow that came as some are calling for Bachmann to leave the race and free up her supporters for other candidates.
Hours after appearing with Bachmann at an event, state Sen. Kent Sorenson gave his endorsement to the Texas congressman at a Des Moines rally. Sorenson said he resigned from Bachmann’s campaign to back Paul, whom he says is the most conservative of the top-tier candidates. Paul is also polling way ahead of Bachmann.
Bachmann said Sorenson made the jump after “he was offered a large sum of money to go to work for the Paul campaign.”
Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton said the campaign was not paying Sorenson and that he was puzzled why Bachmann would make such a claim against an elected official popular with Iowa conservatives.
Bachmann has been on a massive 99-county push across Iowa in an effort to recover from the slide that followed her Iowa straw poll victory in August. Paul was a close second in that contest, and many polls now have Paul ahead of Mitt Romney and the sliding Newt Gingrich.
Despite what many pundits have believed, Ron Paul could win Iowa and is also polling solidly in New Hampshire, the next primary state. His foreign policy beliefs have recently drawn the ire of Bachmann in debates, and Bachmann continues to say that Paul would be dangerous should he be elected president.