McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns

By Michael Gossum | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Sen. Mitch Mcconnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton resigned Friday afternoon.

"There is no more important cause for both Kentucky, my new home I have come to love, and our country than electing Mitch McConnell Majority Leader of the United States Senate. I believe this deep in my bones, and I would never allow anything or anyone to get in the way," said Benton.

Many reports showed Benton's name had come up in a bribery scandal in Iowa during Ron Paul's 2012 Presidential run.

A former Iowa lawmaker pleaded guilty to accepting money to change his support to Ron Paul. Benton was Paul's political director during this time.

"The press accounts and rumors are particularly hurtful because they are false," said Benton.

"The good news is that most of my work has been done. We have built a top flight team of incredible people that are working tirelessly to ensure Mitch's re-election. They are a finely oiled machine and will not skip a beat without me.This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the country," said Benton.

Benton also served as Sen. Rand Paul's campaign manager in 2010.

WBKO has reached out to the McConnell campaign about any possible replacements. At this point, the campaign has not responded.

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