Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigns after Iowa bribery scandal deepens

Lexington Herald-LeaderAugust 29, 2014 

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell looks on before the signing of the middle-class tax cut bill by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., Friday, December 17, 2010.

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Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell's campaign.

Benton told the Herald-Leader that he met with McConnell Friday afternoon and offered his resignation, which McConnell "reluctantly accepted."

Benton said he offered his resignation, effective Saturday, with a "heavy heart."

He maintained his innocence, faulting "inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors."

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