by Micaeli Rourke — 12/29/11

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been wronged. The man who did it was the state chair of her campaign in Iowa. Last night State Senator Kent Sorensen quit her campaign and quickly endorsed her opponent Congressman Ron Paul. Earlier in the evening Sorensen had attended a Bachmann meet and greet in Indianola. All of this sent Michele Bachmann reeling.“Yesterday I was with Kent Sorensen…He told a number of people on our campaign that he apologized to me for considering leaving. He said he would be staying. He told all of our campaign that he was definitely on board.”

Bachmann is claiming Sorensen was bribed.

“In the direct conversation that I had with [Sorensen], he told me that he was offered money–he was offered a lot of money– by the Ron Paul campaign. No one else knows about that conversation other than Kent Sorensen and myself, and I know what he told me.”

The Paul campaign has remained tight-lipped about the controversey, but released a statement from Sorensen late this afternoon.

“Like many folks here in Iowa and throughout the country, I simply came to the realization that Ron Paul is the candidate for true pro-life, pro-gun, pro-limited government conservatives…As for the ridiculous allegations that Congresswoman Bachmann and her surrogates have made, I was never offered any money from the Ron Paul campaign or anyone associated with them.”

The Bachmann campaign is remaining steadfast in its efforts to win the caucus, and has successfully visited all 99 counties.

“We are very well organized. We’re seeing a lot of momentum. We are thrilled with what we’re seeing on the tour.”

Bachmann doesn’t believe that Sorensen’s political influence will have any impact on swing voters.

“Iowans aren’t told who to vote for, Iowans are independent and they’re going to make their own decisions.”