McConnell on Former Aide: 'We're Moving On'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is declining to answer questions about his former campaign manager who resigned amid a federal investigation of a bribery scandal during the 2012 Iowa Republican Caucus.

Making his first comments on the matter since Jesse Benton resigned late last week, McConnell said Tuesday he is moving on and focusing on the future as he battles Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the nation's marquee Senate race.

The Grimes campaign has attempted to focus attention on the issue by questioning whether McConnell knew about the investigation or the details behind it when he hired Benton last year.

Grimes, meanwhile, is sidestepping her own controversy, accusing the McConnell campaign of distracting voters with a statewide TV ad accusing her of accepting illegal campaign contributions from her father.

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