The biggest news of the political day in Iowa just happened. State Senator Kent Sorenson, a Republican from Indianola, has served as Michele Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chair for nearly a year. He is no longer serving in that role. Sorenson just announced he is backing Ron Paul now. (
I’ll be back with the audio in a moment. Here’s the AUDIO of Sorenson’s brief remarks.) “When the Republican establishment is going to be coming after Ron Paul, I thought it is my duty to come to his aid,” Sorenson said, mentioning that Paul had campaigned on his (Sorenson’s) behalf for his state senate campaign.
Sorenson, as you may recall, is the person involved in the backstoryof Bob Vander Plaats’ endorsement of Rick Santorum. Sorenson was said to have threatened to burn BVP in effigy for failing to endorse Bachmann. The account came from Chuck Hurley, leader of The Iowa Family Policy Center:
“…I do regret that one erstwhile friend and culture warrior has threatened to, ‘Burn Bob’s body, drag it through the streets and hang it from a bridge,’ if Bob doesn’t endorse who that person wants him to endorse,” Hurley said. “Unfortunately, this individual claims to follow the ‘good book’ which says things like, ‘Let all anger, bitterness and malice be put away from you.’”
Hurley, as you may know, endorsed Santorum, too.
Soon after Ron Paul took the stage tonight, a couple of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters started yelling in the hall.
“Freedom of speech! Ain’t it wonderful,” Paul said. “…We’re all upset and we want a change in Washington. As a matter of fact, that’s what our purpose is.” The protesters were escorted out.