AUDIO-- Caught on tape, Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager: "I'm sorta holdin’ my nose for two years"


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Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign manager, Jesse Benton, doesn't seem to be too thrilled with his boss or working for his boss's campaign:

"Between you and me, I’m sorta holdin’ my nose for two years, cause what we’re doin’ here is gonna be a big benefit to Rand in 2016, so that’s the long vision."

Way to get on his good side, Jess. Oh wait. He doesn't have a good side.

Think Progress: released a recording of McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton talking about his current job with Dennis Fusaro of Reformed Theological Seminary. Benton, who used to work for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), suggests he is only working on McConnell’s campaign to prepare for Rand Paul’s re-election campaign in 2016.

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This would be the same Jesse Benton who is "implicated in an alleged bribe possibly issued by another member of Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign."

You can hear Benton discussing that in the audio when Fusaro asks him about (via The Hill) "allegations that he was aware of an alleged bribe given to Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R)" by  Ron Paul's  deputy national campaign manager. Back then, Benton was Paul's national campaign chairman. Benton denies knowing a thing:

Fusaro previously recorded a conversation between himself and Sorenson in which Sorenson says [Ron Paul's deputy national campaign manager, Demitri Kesari] approached him and his wife and gave them a check. The call took place shortly after Sorenson dropped his endorsement of Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) presidential campaign and endorsed Paul.

Here's Rachel Maddow's segment on that very thing, or as she calls it, "an old scandal that got a big new life":

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Benton released this statement:

It is truly sick that someone would record a private phone conversation I had out of kindness and use it to try to hurt me. I believe in Senator McConnell and am 100 percent committed to his re-election. Being selected to lead his campaign is one of the great honors of my life and I look forward to victory in November of 2014.

If that statement is true, Benton has a funny way of showing his devotion.